Interview: Playwright Tamsin Rees On… Subtext, Angry Women, And The Infinite Potential Of Plays

Tamsin Rees is a playwright and artist. She is currently an Associate Artist at Newcastle’s Live Theatre, and was a member of the first Royal Court Writers Group North. The stories told through her work are rooted in the North East and explore sexuality, class and power. We spoke to Tamsin about people-watching, writing charactersContinue reading “Interview: Playwright Tamsin Rees On… Subtext, Angry Women, And The Infinite Potential Of Plays”

Interview: Artist Hash Kodithuwakku On… Creating Communities, Turning Your Hobby Into A Career, And Why Other Artists Aren’t Your Competition

Hash Kodithuwakku is an artist and the creator of online shop Sofftpunk, which they run with partner Ish. Exploring both the political and the personal, Hash’s art often centres queerness, community, and minority perspectives. We spoke to Hash about engaging with other artists, creating accepting spaces, and the joys and pitfalls of turning your hobbyContinue reading “Interview: Artist Hash Kodithuwakku On… Creating Communities, Turning Your Hobby Into A Career, And Why Other Artists Aren’t Your Competition”

Interview: Videographer and Photographer Stéph Bosset On… Documenting Volatility, Making Connections, And Following Stories As They Unravel

Stéph Bosset is a filmmaker and broadcast journalist, with a background in photojournalism. Stéph has freelanced for the Associated Press, NBC, CNN, and HuffPost UK, and loves telling the stories of trailblazers and local heroes. We spoke to Stéph about filming riots and protests, being open to changes in storytelling, and why she loves workingContinue reading “Interview: Videographer and Photographer Stéph Bosset On… Documenting Volatility, Making Connections, And Following Stories As They Unravel”

Interview: Actor EM Williams On… Empathy, Equality Monitoring, And Discovering Who Your Characters Are

EM Williams is an actor and movement director. They have worked with theatre companies across the UK playing a host of characters onstage, and are currently developing their own Arts Council-funded project. We spoke to EM about creating a backstory for every character, the relationship between acting and empathy, and why it’s not enough justContinue reading “Interview: Actor EM Williams On… Empathy, Equality Monitoring, And Discovering Who Your Characters Are”

Interview: Author Rexx Deane on… Sequels, Self-Publishing, And Creating Brand New Worlds

Rexx Deane is a science-fiction author. The first book in his “Synthesis: Weave” series was self-published in 2015, and he is currently adapting it into a screenplay. We spoke to Rexx about disability representation in sci-fi, weaving a sense of wonder into his stories, and creating believable characters whose motivations can sometimes push events off-course.Continue reading “Interview: Author Rexx Deane on… Sequels, Self-Publishing, And Creating Brand New Worlds”

Interview: Musician EJ Lee On… A Lockdown Album, Lyric-Writing, And Expressing Your Identity Through Music

EJ Lee, also known as Half-Boy, is a musician and songwriter. EJ released their latest album in December 2020; written and recorded during the first national lockdown, it explores themes of queerness, anxiety, and friendship. We spoke to EJ about the process of writing lyrics, recording a whole album on their phone, and using theirContinue reading “Interview: Musician EJ Lee On… A Lockdown Album, Lyric-Writing, And Expressing Your Identity Through Music”

Interview: Artist Julian Gray On… Creating Comics, Making Characters People Care About, And Representation Done Right

Julian Gray is an illustrator and comic book creator. His art has been featured at a number of exhibitions and events, and weaves in themes of equality and representation, featuring minority characters that are rarely seen in mainstream media. We spoke to Julian about developing rounded characters, creating movement in still images, and the rareContinue reading “Interview: Artist Julian Gray On… Creating Comics, Making Characters People Care About, And Representation Done Right”

Interview: Poet Andreena Leeanne On… Feeling The Fear, Speaking Your Truth, And Coping Through Creativity

Andreena Leeanne is a poet, inspirational speaker, and the founder of Poetry LGBT Open Mic Night. Andreena’s first book of poetry, ‘Charred: A Survivor Speaks Her Truth To Inspire’, was published in 2020 by Team Angelica. Andreena was shortlisted for the Positive Role Model Award for LGBT at the National Diversity Awards in 2020, for herContinue reading “Interview: Poet Andreena Leeanne On… Feeling The Fear, Speaking Your Truth, And Coping Through Creativity”

Interview: Writer and Filmmaker Lucy Rose On… Cathartic Horror, Problematic Directors, And Why You Should Write What You Know

Lucy Rose is an award-winning writer and director, specialising in horror and fantasy. Lucy’s prose can be found in a range of publications, while her most recent film, “She Lives Alone,” is currently on a BAFTA and Oscar-qualifying festival run. We spoke to Lucy about the catharsis of horror, the importance of writing what youContinue reading “Interview: Writer and Filmmaker Lucy Rose On… Cathartic Horror, Problematic Directors, And Why You Should Write What You Know”