Interview: Kate McGuane Designer

Cork Based ceramicist and designer Kate McGuane talks to us about how to embrace and nourish your creative spirit. Hi Kate, you are a very talented young designer. Where you always artistic? Thank you Tammy. I was definitely a creative child. I can remember spending hours colouring, drawing and painting when I was quite young and nothing

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Aoife on Singing your Heart Out

As far back as I can remember, I wanted to sing. I was always singing as a young child, even back to age 3 or 4, and I always felt happiest when I was singing. All through my young years of being a child, I used to say that I wanted to be a singer

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The Worlds Most Amazing Letter

Sometimes, after we visit schools, we get emails from girls to tell us about their lives. Sometimes they ask for help, and we are happy to refer them to people in their areas that can do that. Sometimes, they want a good oul vent, and that’s grand too. Sometimes it to say they liked our

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Video: About my anxiety

One in three teenage girls suffers from anxiety, according to a survey of 14-year-olds for the Department for Education in the UK. Orli, a 17-year-old girl from north London, talks to her friends about her anxiety, how she plans to beat it and stop the stigma surrounding it. Its a good watch, speaks for itself.

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Aoife Mullane: Print Queen

Aoife Mullane from Bray is killing it right now. Nominated for lots of awards including the Image Interiors & Living Design Awards, her designs are really, really  beautiful. We asked the NCAD graduate about making her passion her job. Hi Aoife, you are a very talented young designer. Were you always artistic? I have always enjoyed being

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Guest Interview: On getting to grips with Dyslexia

Dyslexia is a learning difference affecting the way the brain processes written and spoken language. It is not laziness, disruptive behavior, or a general lack of comprehension. To see for yourself how some people struggle to read, have a look at this website and you’ll get it. Siobhan works in finance in London. She manages

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Guest Post: A Letter to My Bully

M, I saw you yesterday, you were in town with your kids. You looked tired, the kids were acting up, you wore no wedding ring and you didn’t smile once. I had no desire to say hello, or for you to see me. Maybe you did, I’m not sure. If you did, did you think

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Guest Interview: My War With OCD

Rebecca Ryan is smart, well spoken, capable and a published author at 16. She also has OCD which, in the past, has controlled her life, and prevented her from being able to deal with anything blue, the number 4 (or multiples of) and resulted in her climbing through her windows because of her fear of

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My Trans Diary

We have a new columnist here at Shona. Alexandra Day has offered to write us regular pieces about her journey, her life, her family, and her opinions. Oh Hey Alexandra! Tell us about Yourself??? My name is Alexandra Day and I am a transwoman but that is not all I am. Perhaps a slightly pretentious

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Katie Laffan, Ready for the Picnic

Katie Laffan arrived with a bang on the music scene two years ago aged 17 when she appeared on the cover of the special ‘Big Break’ issue of Hot Press. Currently preparing to play at this years Electric Picnic, Katie had a chat with us about her music and prepared us a playlist of her favourite songs. Do

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ICYMI: Kellie O’Farrell, Burns Survivor

Some years ago, I watched a really touching documentary about Kellie O’Farrell, a young Longford girl, who had survived a fire when she was two, which resulted in most of her body being covered in substantial burns. Her story has stayed with me ever since, and this week I was delighted when she agreed to

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Sorcha Richardson: An Irish songbird in NY

Dublin born Sorcha Richardson moved to New York in 2009 to study in The New School, a progressive edge arts college. This week, Sorcha is releasing some of her new music, and shared her new song, Walk Away with us, have a listen here: Sorcha, tell us about you the relationship you had with music growing

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How to be Bullied

Until I turned 14 my life was pretty textbook. I was the 2nd of three kids with an older sister and younger brother, a Mam and a Dad a dog and a cat. Everything was fine. Somewhere between 1st and 2nd year everything imploded and the ground was pulled out from beneath me. Within a

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Paralegend: Hayley Fitzsimons

  Hayley Fitzsimons may have shorter legs than you or I, but she’s well able to kick the world up the arse with them. Those legs have taken Hayley to America, Netherlands, Czech Republic, Dubai, Qatar and the UK. In her first year major competition in the Czech Republic in  2012, she took home gold in the

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Guest Post: I’m a Big Girl, and I’m Fine with That.

Clodagh wrote this post for us about making peace with how she looks… For as long as I can remember, I’ve been the way I am. Seems like a pretty vague statement. But it’s true… what is that way? FAT. F. A. T. Fat… I’ve heard every joke I can think of from bullies, all my life. I’ve

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Guest Blog: On Insecurities

In two days Rachel will turn 18, and leave her childhood behind her. As she looks back on her teenage years, she thinks about the insecurities she struggled with and wrote this beautiful essay for us: I can still remember the moment it happened. The moment insecurities became a feature in my life. I had

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When your Panic Attacks have No Chill :(

Alannah suffers from panic attacks. 18 months ago her Dad left and her family went through a very stressful time. As a result she sometimes has a couple of attacks in one week. We asked her to tell us what that feels like and this is what she told us… In the past 12 months

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