The Slaves of the Make-up Industry

Published in InsideOver The beauty industry is no stranger to moral debate, from animal testing and plastic pollution, to the perpetuation of unachievable standards; campaigns have been fought and won, and the ever-changing face of beauty has been forced to adapt to escape its ugly depths. Whilst consumers are becoming ever more conscious of their purchasing power […]

Tourism & Plastic Pollution

Published on Plastic Reduction Initiatives If 2018 was the year of anything, it was the year of (the demise of) the Plastic Straw. With entire cities [1] ongoing legislation [2] from the EU and even McDonald’s [3] getting rid of the harmful drinking aid, a move towards a plastic-free future seems promising. However, the token gestures [4] of plastic straw bans or plastic bag charges must […]

The Issue With Voluntourism

Published on Voluntourism – volunteer tourism – refers to travel to mostly to developing nations, generally Africa, South America or Asia, during which citizens from western countries volunteer whilst travelling, carrying out work such as building schools or water wells, teaching at an orphanage or in certain cases, working in a medical facility. Voluntourism […]

Tourism, Modern Slavery & Human Trafficking

Available at: The Growing Tourism Industry Slavery and human trafficking may seem like phenomena of the past, horrors best left to be commemorated at vigils, memorials or by sharing a Facebook posts on a particular day of the year. Perhaps they represent something happening on the other side of the world. However, modern slavery […]

The Kite Runner | Theatre Review

Article printed in CultureHUB Magazine  We experience stage adaption of Khaled Hosseini’s best-selling novel The Kite Runner through the first-person narrative of Amir, played by Raj Ghatak, who breaks free from the scenes unfolding around him, to offer lengthy monologues of conscience, fears and hopes to the audience. Amir is a grown man living in […]

The Detained Voices of Yarls Wood Hunger Strikers

Published by The Fawcett Society  Hunger strikes, forced labour, indefinite detainment, inhumane treatment carried out against victims of rape, human trafficking and forced marriage as well as gender based sexual violence: This list of human rights abuses which reads like those executed by a distant foreign nation, possibly placed on a UN watch list or rebuked […]

Interview with Ted Hughes Poetry Prize Winner, Hollie McNish

Article printed in CultureHUB Magazine  If the topic of poetry conjures up images of hot clammy classrooms during your GCSE summer exams, trying your hardest you remember just one of Shakespeare’s 154 sonnets, then let Hollie McNish bring about your poetic redemption. Hollie McNish is a force, to put it quite simply. An English author, poet, […]

The Battle For Abortion Rights for Women in Northern Ireland Isn’t Over

Published by The Fawcett Society  Upon exiting the doors of Central Station in Belfast City Centre you enter into the heart of the city, into a bustling, vibrant tourist hub. With countless seas of international tourists, buses offering tours around the historic sites and streets upon streets of bars and eateries, Belfast is a weekend […]

Exhibition Review: Royal Ulster Academy Annual Exhibition 2016

We are all familiar with the Ulster Museum; dinosaur bones, vintage cars, Neolithic tools, rare crystals and gemstones and of course, mummies in glass cases. But did you know the Ulster Museum is also one of the paramount venues for seeing contemporary art in Belfast? Tucked in amongst the aforementioned treasures is The Royal Ulster […]