A Fan Letter to Kate Nash

Dear Kate Nash, I saw you recently. At Village Underground in London on the ten year anniversary of Foundations becoming a superstar pop hit. Dancing around with women who all love you as much as I do, who knew the words to every single song, was joyous. I’d forgotten your songs are short stories peppered […]

The Soundtrack to Our Dystopian Future

The last few years have shown that popular music with a political message is often slept on by mainstream music outlets and of course, by the Grammy’s. Kendrick Lamar’s vitally important messages about race on “To Pimp a Butterfly” were snubbed by the latter. Whilst, M.I.A’s album, “AIM” was ignored by far too many, paralleling […]

Imagine: A House Party with Celebrity Guests

I am not about to launch into any discourse surrounding the much-talked about La La Land, have no fear. For try as I might to articulate hard-hitting, poignant opinions about this film, my main thought throughout the first hour or so, at least, was simply “imagine getting stuck talking to this guy at a party.” […]

The Glass Sanctuary: The Vulnerability of Keaton Henson

A gaunt figure makes his way to the centre of a stage, holding a sheaf of papers that dimly glimmer in the spotlight. He stands, shuffles his papers, and begins to read to a silent audience. This is a rare appearance at the National Poetry Day from Keaton Henson, an ‘acclaimed musician, writer and visual […]

Imagine: Eating Haggis with Justin Bieber

Last night, my life changed, and it was all because of haggis. The haggis is a underrated foodstuff. It is not Instagrammable. It is not on-trend. It is not photogenic, though it is one of the few foods that actually looks better when it’s been deep-fried. I should know: I spend a lot of my […]

The Pigeon Man: Hey Arnold’s Jazz Legacy

Hey Arnold is one of the 90s’ most memorable cartoons that has left an imprint on the hearts and minds of many millennials. A 9-year-old boy raised in an city, whose inner life is richly imaginative, tries to help save or improve the lives of friends, family, and strangers alike. Its premise was simple and impressionable. […]

A Fan Letter to Nicola Roberts

Dear Nicola Roberts, I’m not going to pretend that I loved you from the beginning. When you first appeared on Popstars: The Rivals, with your choice clothing and hair ablaze, I didn’t really care for you. I was more hooked on Kimberley Walsh who, like me, was from West Yorkshire and spoke with rounded vowels. […]

The Lasting Impact of Girl Power

The Spice Girls exploded into being twenty years ago, proudly shouting ‘girl power!’ at everyone and everything. People questioned their brand of feminism-lite even though they were influencing girls across the world to do what they wanted. Contemporary musicians, such as Adele, Alexandra Burke and Lady Gaga, grew up loving them. And, after receiving a […]

A Fan Letter to James Horner

Dear James Horner, There are approximately three things I think about on a daily basis: Harry Potter conspiracies, what shade lipstick to buy next, and the 1997 film Titanic. Whilst the plum vs blue dilemma and the futile ‘Nagini/London Zoo Boa Constrictor debate’ may have little to do with you, my obsession with James Cameron’s […]

What it means to be Swiftian: Taylor v Jonathan

TS Eliot once said that “real irony is an expression of suffering, and the greatest ironist was one who suffered the most – Swift.” Let’s be playful, and assume he punned on both Jonathan and Taylor. The first two books of Jonathan’s Gulliver’s Travels (1726) famously work like a telescope. In the first, Gulliver is […]