Interview: Ellen Desmond of Monstrous Regiment

Ellen Desmond is a UCC BA English and Psychology graduate, and former Editor-in-Chief of (the award-winning) Motley Magazine. After completing a publishing masters in Edinburgh Napier University, she started a publishing collective called ‘Monstrous Regiment’ with fellow publishing student, Lauren Nickodemus. Their first project is an anthology of essays & personal stories about bisexuality called…

Robert, Acton, Ellis, Currer, and George: Female Authors and Male Pseudonyms

What’s in a name? Well, if you’re asking J.K. Rowling or Charlotte Bronte, a name can mean anonymity, creative freedom and a fresh start. Female authors have long used male or gender-neutral pseudonyms when releasing their work into the public sphere, and though it was typically used predominantly to escape female stereotyping, it is a…

Profile of a Poet: Patience Agbabi

“I write because my ink must flow like blood. The written must be spoken.” Poetry can all too often be seen as a mundane practice. Today, many of us can still harbour outdated preconceptions about poetry: that it serves no purpose, that it is inaccessible, that it is unexciting and unengaging for an audience, or…