Slenderman: What game will you be playing this Halloween?

Words by Julie Hassett For some reason, year after year, we wait until Halloween night to make it acceptable to scare ourselves out of our wits. No doubt we’ve already started compiling our horror movies and games to prepare ourselves for a spooky night in. But, if you haven’t already, you’d better add Slender to that list. Based on the CreepyPasta character, the PC game … Continue reading Slenderman: What game will you be playing this Halloween?

Au pairing: not all it’s cracked up to be!

Ruth O’Dwyer sets out some of the key things to take into consideration before deciding to work as an au pair. Have you ever considered working as an au pair for the summer in order to improve your fluency in a particular language, or maybe just to gain some experience living in a foreign country? Well, before you start making any set-in-stone plans, I highly … Continue reading Au pairing: not all it’s cracked up to be!

Film Review: Green Room

James Saulnier offers a twisted introduction to horror, writes Leah Marshall Horror films and Halloween go together like peas in a pod, which explains why I am not crazy about either of them. While Halloween has its perks (sweets, sweets and more sweets) horror movies have always been my least favorite genre in film. Filled to the brim with tropes, gore and cheesy dialogue my … Continue reading Film Review: Green Room

Sustainable Living in the Pacific coast of Mexico

Working with local conservationists offers an invaluable form of education, writes Sarah Corcoran Set between the Pacific ocean and the Oaxacan jungle in Mexico lives a local community who have dedicated their lives to protecting and conserving local wildlife. I had the privilege of living and working alongside these people in the summer of 2017. I had applied for a Mexico Explorer award with EIL … Continue reading Sustainable Living in the Pacific coast of Mexico

Spirits of the Dead

Leah Marshall dissects the poignant work of one of poetry’s most controversial figures Spirits of the Dead is a perfect paradigm for not only Edgar Allan Poe’s work but also his legacy. The poem is moody, brooding and creates an atmospheric landscape, all attributes applicable to Poe’s work overall. This poem had a quintessential Poe quality about it and depending on one’s feelings towards him, … Continue reading Spirits of the Dead

Love in the Time of Followers

Staff writer Cormac Dineen offers up his take on our complicated relationship with the world of internet dating. A few months ago, I had an interesting conversation with a work colleague during which I pressed him for his opinion on the phenomenon of internet dating. As we talked I saw him slowly and deliberately scroll through Facebook on his phone, pausing at brief intervals to … Continue reading Love in the Time of Followers

Album Reviews: Ciaran Lavery, Flat Out and Kim Hayden

Ciaran Lavery, Let Bad In  Review: Carmel Horgan “We go waltzing through the past/ Everything is made to last” Over a year since his previous release, the album Let Bad In, Ciaran Lavery is back with a new track called ‘Everything is made to Last’. His music is commonly described as heart–on-sleeve acoustic pop, and these tones can be heard throughout the song.   After … Continue reading Album Reviews: Ciaran Lavery, Flat Out and Kim Hayden