This month, Motley exams drug use through the lens of poetry. Amano Miura presents a beautifully crafted pensive poem.    prescription   “Is it doing anything for ya?”  Well, I’m not sure to be frank.  Though my dreams are more  like VR now   a nightly heart attack.  “You won’t get hooked now will ya?”  Well, my […]

A Thousand Tricks

This month, Motley presents a series examining drugs through the lens of poetry. Second in this series is Sinead Mckweon’s thoughtful examination on excess. This is ‘A Thousand Tricks’. A Thousand Tricks    We look into the mirror of carnival tricks  Drink, Drugs, Beauty  We hide, we waste and we cover  our fears and our […]

15 minutes

  In Motley series examining drug use through the lens of poetry, we first have a contribution by Imasha Costa with her melancholic piece ‘15 minutes’   15 minutes   a bump, a high. loneliness and heartbreak devours me, the fine lines neatly pressed. 15 minutes.  ecstasy and pleasure; remind me of times i was […]

The Origins of the Manic Pixie Dream Addict: Deconstructing the Male Gaze

Fourteen years ago, the celebrated teen drama ‘Skins’ was aired. Since it’s release, ‘Skins’ became emblematic of hedonistic adolescent culture with the highs and lows of first love, family drama and drug experimentation. One character has become a spiritual totem of this show- Effy Stonem. Girls want to be her and men want to be […]

Life After Heroin: A Conversation with James Leonard

It was January 2020 when James Leonard from Knocknaheeny, Cork became a household name. His story of addiction, imprisonment and homelessness offered the nation a previously unheard insight into the trials faced by those living in areas subject to devastating neglect and stigma.    Motley’s Emer Walsh talks to James Leonard about life after heroin. […]

Tuairim: Cén fáth a bhfágann Éire iad siúd is mó i mbaol ar leataobh?

Ag breathnú siar ar stair na hÉireann, feictear oileán faoi chuing na daoirse. Is scéal lán le ganntannas é  – easpa cearta, easpa saibhris, easpa riachtanas bunúsach. Bhíodh muintir na hÉireann ag bun liosta na dtosaíochtaí i gcónaí – más féidir fiú tosaíocht a ghlaoch orainn. Ach anois, agus ó am na saoirse, arís is […]