Listen: Get Down to The Get Down

Listen: Get Down to The Get Down

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Baz Luhrmann’s The Get Down is a lush, frenetic love letter to the early days of hip hop. The show is the most expensive in Netflix’s history, costing a whopping $10 million per episode. The soundtrack is incredible as is the young, talented and diverse cast but Luhrmann’s directorial flourishes are likely to divide audiences. You can hear my fully review of The Get Down here.

Listen: The Little Prince on Netflix

Listen: The Little Prince on Netflix

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“All grown-ups were once children… but only few of them remember it.”
― Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince

Do you have a soft spot for the children’s classic The Little Prince? It’s one of the bestselling books of all time, so its quite likely that you, or someone close to you, does. The good news is that a gorgeous new animation based on the book has come to Netflix. It’s a little gem for the young and the young at heart. You can listen back to my chat about the book and its latest incarnation on RTÉ Radio One’s Arena here.

Listen: Sylvia Patterson’s “I’m Not With the Band”

Listen: Sylvia Patterson’s “I’m Not With the Band”

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I’m just gonna come right out and say that this memoir, by longtime music journalist Sylvia Patterson, is one of my books of the year. Patterson has had an incredible career, spanning over thirty years and some of the most influential music magazines of all time. Whether writing about Bros, Britpop or her tough childhood, she is never less than witty, compassionate and engaging. The woman has a way with a killer sentence and a bonanza of wild experiences. You can listen back to my review on RTÉ Radio One’s Arena here.

Read: Exploring the Pressures of Instagram Beauty Culture

Read: Exploring the Pressures of Instagram Beauty Culture

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The role of social media in our lives is an on-going cultural conversation which doesn’t seem to be about to resolve itself any time soon. In the meantime, we struggle to figure out the best, or most healthiest, way to navigate these new spaces and the demands they present. As ever, this results in specific problems for the female of the species. In this feature I hear from parents of teenage daughters and young women themselves about their experiences and perspectives on Instagram beauty culture.

Feminism Inc : why 1% feminism will never change the world

Feminism Inc : why 1% feminism will never change the world

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I recently read Dawn Foster’s excellent Lean Out, a badly needed and critically sharp take-down of the corporate and choice feminisms that have come to define mainstream feminism in recent years. That a certain strain of feminism has become fashionable and highly marketable is undeniable but will it result in meaningful change in the majority of women’s lives or just a few? I consider this crucial question and review Foster’s book in a piece for The Coven entitled ‘Feminism Inc’, which you can read here.

Gender Identity in Ireland Today – U magazine

Gender Identity in Ireland Today – U magazine

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In the current edition of U magazine – which has Amy Schumer on the front, looking very demure – I have piece on gender identity and gender fluidity in modern Ireland. If you’ve been effected by these issues or are interested to know more, the Transgender Equality Network Ireland’s (TENI) website teni.ie is a fantastic resource.

Daddy Cool: looking at Ireland’s new paternity laws for Irish Tatler

Daddy Cool: looking at Ireland’s new paternity laws for Irish Tatler

Irish Tatler Jan 2016

One of the greatest struggles facing families in modern Ireland is how difficult it is to get the time and support needed to successfully juggle careers and child-rearing. Much of this responsibility still falls on women. Thankfully, Ireland’s new paternity leave law will ensure all fathers have the right to two weeks paid paternity leave when their child is born, a step in a right direction. For this edition of Tatler, I look at what the new law will mean for women, men, and changing Irish attitudes to parenting.

Surviving Christmas in Irish Country Magazine

Surviving Christmas in Irish Country Magazine

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Ah, Christmas. A time of joy, peace and a million, zillion calories gleefully consumed. Unfortunately, lovely though the holiday season is, it brings with it a good dollop of stress which can get on top of a gal – if you let it. In my feature for Irish Country Magazine, I look at what it means to have a mindful Christmas and why saying ‘no’ to stress and ‘yes’ to Me Time is the way to go.

All Joking Aside – U Magazine

All Joking Aside – U Magazine

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Casual sexism is no joke. In this edition of U magazine I look at sexism in Irish workplaces, showing that old attitudes die hard, particularly when it comes to women moving into spaces traditionally seen as ‘male’. For the feature, I spoke to business consultant and entrepreneur Olwen Dawe about her experiences and, crucially, her advice for women caught in this tricky situation. Olwen’s writes a cracking blog on her website olwendawe.com which I heartily recommend.

Kate: Inside the Rainbow – a glimpse into the life and creative process of Kate Bush

Kate: Inside the Rainbow – a glimpse into the life and creative process of Kate Bush

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The photograph above is one of many from John Carder Bush’s new book ‘Kate: Inside the Rainbow’ published by Sphere. It’s taken from the Hounds of Love album cover shoot. The ‘hounds’ featured actually belonged to John and Kate’s Irish mother. The book – a gorgeous coffee table tome – is full of such details and stunning images taken by John, Kate’s brother, over a twenty-year period. It was a pleasure to review and solidifies Kate’s reputation as a ground-breaking creative force to be reckoned with.

You can listen back to my Arena review here. For more details on the book, click here.

Read: ‘The Rise of Orthorexia’ in U magazine

Read: ‘The Rise of Orthorexia’ in U magazine

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A healthy lifestyle is something most of us rightly aspire to but sometimes this type of dedication can spiral into obsession, potentially leading to an eating disorder known as ‘orthorexia’. In the latest edition of U magazine, I outline what eating disorders experts have to say about the issue and hear from a young woman who recovered from the condition. If you or someone you know is affected by an eating disorder, Bodywhys, Ireland’s eating disorder association, is a fantastic resource and support. Click here for their website.

Listen: Arena Review of Patti Smith’s ‘M Train’

Listen: Arena Review of Patti Smith’s ‘M Train’

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Poet, musician, author, artist, trailblazer: Patti Smith is all these things but labels alone cannot do justice to the ambition and breath of her creative work. M Train, her latest book, is a memoir but it is a different beast than Smith’s much-loved Just Kids (2010), which focused on her early career and relationship with Robert Mapplethorpe. In M Train Smith is struggling to write, wading through the ghosts of times past, telling killer anecdotes and drinking a lot of coffee. For anyone interested in creativity, in writing or in just hanging out with one of the most interesting artists at work today, M Train is a book to savour.

You can listen to my review of it for RTÉ Radio One’s Arena by clicking here.

Read: ‘The Rise of Irish Revenge Porn’ in U Magazine

Read: ‘The Rise of Irish Revenge Porn’ in U Magazine

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As cyber crime goes, revenge porn has to be among the most malicious and depraved. For this piece I spoke with people who have experienced revenge porn and those who are experts in tackling it. For anyone concerned about intimate material of theirs being distributed online, please know there are people who can help and that laws are being updated to address the problem. More info here.

Read: ‘The Hidden Agenda’ in Irish Tatler October 2015

Read: ‘The Hidden Agenda’ in Irish Tatler October 2015

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The latest edition of Irish Tatler is on shelves now and I have a piece in there exploring how Ireland’s homelessness crisis is impacting women and children. Focus Ireland were a big help to me in putting the piece together and if you would like to support the great work they do, click here.