Rebuilding

Rebuilding A journey into my womanhood, in four parts. Part II By Charmaine Adetola Shaw January 2023 Thumbnail illustration by Carole Maillard Thumbnail illustration by Carole Maillard TRIGGER WARNING: MENTAL ILLNESS REBUILDING “To build something again that has been damaged or destroyed” “The scars I bare are tales of the journeys I have travelledThey do […]

The Cult of Celebrity During a Global Pandemic

The Cult of Celebrity During a Global Pandemic Is time running out on celebrity culture? By Emi Eleode December 2022 Thumbnail illustration by Carole Maillard Thumbnail illustration by Carole Maillard This piece was written at the height of the global pandemic in 2020. I recently came across the song ‘The Cult of Personality’ by Living Colour […]

Words Out

Words Out Flash fiction by Reece Watson October 2022 The curtain was drawn. With it, some of us sighed, others puffed. All of us had begun to relax. After a few moments, we gathered in a line in order of appearance and braced. The first few to go out practiced a smile and let it […]

Rediscovering

Rediscovering A journey into my womanhood, in four parts. Part I By Charmaine Adetola Shaw October 2022 Thumbnail illustration by Carole Maillard Thumbnail illustration by Carole Maillard REDISCOVERING “To find something or someone again after losing or forgetting about it, or them, for a long time” “I am not yours to use as you please […]

Fields

Fields Poem by Reece Watson September 2022 Thumbnail illustration by Tiffany Zhong Thumbnail illustration by Tiffany Zhong In the flower, where young girls blossomed, a man plucked a dandelion, from the virgin patch. The man would whisper to the dandelion. He would tell tales of love and loss, and how he bred beauty and ugliness, in […]

For Crying Out Loud

For Crying Out Loud By Na’imah Saffiya September 2022 Thumbnail illustration by Tiffany Zhong Thumbnail illustration by Tiffany Zhong I grew up in quite a chaotic household; the oldest daughter to second-generation Caribbean parents living with five sparky family members, crammed into one South London flat. It may be needless to say, as soon as […]

Navigating Sun, Sand and Sustainability

Navigating Sun, Sand and Sustainability By Na’imah Saffiya August 2022 Thumbnail illustration by Tiffany Zhong Thumbnail illustration by Tiffany Zhong I was on my way home, devouring another episode of my beloved ‘Getting Curious with JVN’ on a 250 bus from Streatham, totally engrossed by the young guest speaker, Dr Jessica Hernandez. The guest came […]

I Remember Moments

I Remember Moments Poem by Reece Watson August 2022 Thumbnail illustration by Tiffany Zhong Thumbnail illustration by Tiffany Zhong When she changed her hair. When Adam was born. Then Anna.   I remember her reading once, when I came down to throw out the trash.   I remember this one time, us waiting outside of […]

Grandmother Tongue

Grandmother Tongue By Na’imah Saffiya July 2022 Thumbnail illustration by Tiffany Zhong Thumbnail illustration by Tiffany Zhong Since my grandmother’s passing last year, I have searched for ways to connect with my memory of the healthy, quick-witted and cheeky gran-gran I remember before her senses surrendered to the effects of Dementia. I still find myself […]

Footprints To South Korea

Footprints To South Korea By Chioma Eguzoraku May 2022 Thumbnail illustration by Tiffany Zhong Thumbnail illustration by Tiffany Zhong October 30th 2016, standing in front of the departure entrance of Heathrow airport, people bustling around saying goodbye to their loved ones, noises surrounding me but I could only hear the exciting squeals of my voice […]