When I was five years old — not long after my parents broke-up — I went through a phase of shoplifting. Nothing major: Cherry Drops and Fry’s chocolate bars that I’d hide under my bed, untouched like miniature minty corpses, rendering the whole practice pointless. When my mum found out…


Plato’s Symposium is a Classical text on the meaning of Love. This fictional masterpiece is set during a drinking party in the home of the philosopher Socrates, and throughout the course of the night, his guests — all influential public figures of Ancient Greece — are invited to give a…


Adèle & Emma — Blue is the Warmest Colour

I was 12 years old when I first suspected I liked women. I was obsessed with a girl named Roisin in the year above me at school. Each moment intended for learning was instead spent assessing her whereabouts, ensuring we were conveniently in the same place at the same time…


When I was a child, my mum told me that the love one usually ends up making a home with is one that feels familiar and safe, rather than one of all-consuming passion. I rejected this notion immediately — incurable romantic that I am — vowing I would never accept…

Fern Angel Beattie

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