Category Archive: Interview

Meet Ireland’s first lesbian Rose of Tralee

Maria Walsh, 27, was recently crowned Ireland’s Rose of Tralee – the ‘ultimate woman’. A few days later, she came out as gay.

Author AM Homes: “We still live in a world where the work of male writers dominates”

“After 9/11 I was very aware that the world around me, which had previously felt safe and was a place where I felt free to depart into my imagination, literally didn’t feel stable anymore.”

Can a naked woman ever be celebrated in the internet age?

What do you think of when you hear the word ‘camgirl?’ Do you instantly think of Botticelli’s Venus, Manet’s Olympia and Picou’s Andromeda – beautiful, proud, sometimes tragic, nudes, lounging around in famous art… Continue reading

POET JOHN HEGLEY: “I WAS JUST A BIT ODD WHEN I WAS AT SCHOOL”

John Hegley, one of the country’s  most popular contemporary poets, is absent-mindedly picking the cat hairs off his shabby suit. His Converse trainers have holes in them, and the photographer is reminding him to stand… Continue reading

Oscar award-winning director Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy: “I’m trying to shake Pakistan out of treating women like animals”

A lone 23-year-old Pakistani woman bravely enters a vast courtyard in her rural village. At one end, a semi-circle of grave-faced men, fathers in her local community, await her. The young woman respectfully… Continue reading

Maggie Stiefvater: ‘Our attitude towards girls is taking a weird and terrible turn’ – Interview

Maggie Stiefvater is an unusual author. Happily munching on a bowl of chips, the American writer and mother of two shows me a picture of her pride and joy: a rally car. Considering… Continue reading

John Agard: ‘I feel an empathy with the bad characters’ – Interview

Raucous laughter emerges from the studio where the poet John Agard is being photographed. The photographer asks him to leave his coat on, and Agard cheerfully agrees, telling us in his deep Caribbean… Continue reading

Half an hour with Adam Wagner: barrister and legal blogger extraordinaire.

“I know it’s a stupid Disney thing to say, but it’s true – just be a nice person, be yourself.” Lessons in humility – Leading junior barrister and editor of the UK Human… Continue reading