Interview: Orla Gartland

  In between stops on a U.S. tour, Irish pop singer Orla Gartland found some time in her crazy schedule to chat with Motley Deputy Editor-in-Chief Laurie Shelly about her newest song, the changing face of YouTube, writing for K-pop boyband BTS, and why people should care about pop music. People on the internet speak nostalgically of a golden age of the video-sharing website YouTube. … Continue reading Interview: Orla Gartland

Just Erasmus Things: Dealing with Reverse Culture Shock

  Holly Buckley talks us through the strangeness of arriving home from a year abroad and how to cope with the readjustment. We have all heard of culture shock – that emotional difficulty and stress that comes from moving to a foreign country with different people and different cultures and different everything! It can be very overwhelming at the beginning and it’s important to remember … Continue reading Just Erasmus Things: Dealing with Reverse Culture Shock

The Rebel Archives: Ethel Voynitch

Motley writer Niamh Browne tells the story of little-known Irish writer Ethel Voynitch, and the incredible life she lived. Let’s say you are at a dinner party. A fancy dinner party. In the midst of all the lovely red wine, someone asks the question “Who is the best selling Irish author of all time?.’ All the intellectuals of the dinner party will puff out their … Continue reading The Rebel Archives: Ethel Voynitch

The Painter

  A brief canvas of obsession and compulsion Etched blackened veins in strokes Of leaden paint. The painter in his madness portrayed chaos. What he thought were masterpieces were merely the manipulations of the claws that trickled up his spine, sending signals to his ailing wrists. One day he stood back, stooped in calmed breath, the lights turned mellow in his studio observing yet another … Continue reading The Painter