From Iran to Ireland: A Migration Story

by Marcia Ventura Veiga
Naz*, a 30-year-old Iranian woman, shares the story of how her migration journey from Iran to Ireland began as a dream come true, but shortly turned into a nightmare.        When Naz was only 20, her family organised an arranged marriage to her third cousin. “Back in Iran, …

In Search of Self-Love: Instagram vs Reality

by Nicole García Merida
“I find self-love so refreshing.” That was the caption of my most recently uploaded selfie. The sun was coming in through the window, my favourite song was playing and I felt beautiful. Soon after, I became aware of the amount of time I was spending, looking at the pictures …

Finding the Time to Just Be

by Jodie Brooksbank
I work at Manchester Airport serving burritos to ungrateful holiday makers who are about to miss their flight. Six or seven days a week, nine or ten hours a day. I have a need to be emotionally, intellectually and creatively stimulated. Do you know what doesn’t allow that? Workin…

Scouse, Depressed and Out of My Depth

by Lilly-Mae Murphy
I got straight A’s in my A-Levels, and was accepted to study at the University of Edinburgh. In my completely overwhelming (and downright odd) measly seven months enrolled at University, the biggest lesson I learnt is that meritocracy - the philosophy that societal progress is b…

Let's Talk About Abortion

by Olivia Wright
One in three women will have an abortion in their lifetime. Yet, I sit writing this piece on a crowded train, screen dimmed in case other passengers see the word ‘abortion’ on my laptop.

The stigma which exists around abortion is archaic. I had an abortion when I was nineteen. I’m …

Carrying a Baby of Colour

by Jennifer Hayashi Danns

I believed that by the time I gave birth, my child would - to quote Dr Martin Luther King Jr - be judged by the content of their character and not the colour of their skin. Now that I'm pregnant, I must face that this will not be true. With the hypocrisy possessed by a…

Northern Ireland's Women are Suffering

by Olivia Wright

Abortion remains illegal in Northern Ireland under the 1861 Offences Against the Person Act. 

Northern Ireland has the most restrictive abortion laws in Europe. Since the historic referendum that took place in the Republic of Ireland on May 25th - the result of which was a landslide…

'Multum in Parvo'

by Casey Logue
It was a perfect summer’s Saturday morning. The fat man opened his door and walked out among the azaleas. He could hear the clinks of milk bottles from the milkman’s cart. The sun blinked up from behind the village church, which he’d attended every Sunday he could remember. He placed…