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The Indiependent’s Favourite Films To Watch In Spring

As the first buds begin to bloom, nature is waking up from the cold and bestowing its beauty upon us once more. Our contributors talk through some of their favourite evocations of spring on the silver screen, from the bluebell-laden landscapes of Bright Star to the disconcerting floral nightmare of Midsommar. Bright Star (2009) Spring […]Read More

Inspirational Charity Founder: Oa Hackett

It would be far too easy to label Oa Hackett as inspiring because she is a cancer survivor who used that experience to help others. Doing so would be unfair on the vast numbers of people who have done the same. To define Hackett by cancer is a cliche and one that misses the sense […]Read More

Inspirational Journalist: Terri White

Terri White: a name that you may not be familiar with unless you are a big fan of the film magazine Empire or you’re a journalist yourself. But she is a woman that I would advise you look into because her story is not one that should be overlooked. Currently, White is the Editor in […]Read More

Inspirational Influencer: Flo Simpson

She has provided much-needed escapism from lockdown’s inescapable monotony and has become an advocate for body positivity and self-love. This is the story of Flo Simpson whose 60-second weight-loss videos helped her rise to fame. Simpson’s daily videos recording what she eats in a day alongside her general affairs launched her into social media fame. […]Read More

Inspirational Author: Victoria (V.E.) Schwab

Victoria ‘V.E.’ Schwab is a New York Times, Indie and USA Today bestselling author of twenty novels for children, teens and adults. She has also published a series of comics that serve as a prequel to her bestselling Shades of Magic series. Her latest novel, The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue, has spent sixteen weeks […]Read More

10 LGBTQ+ Classical Composers You Should Listen To

Historically, both the LGBTQ+ community and ‘the composer’ have been painted as ‘the outsider’ by many. But LGBTQ+ composers have been present throughout musical history, from the Baroque period, through the height of the Classical age, onwards into nineteenth-century impressionism and modernism, and now within today’s contemporary world of classical music. Whether or not they […]Read More

10 Great Sapphic Books For LGBTQ+ History Month

Have you ever read a sapphic book? If you haven’t, you’re missing out! The term “sapphic” is generally used by the LGBTQ+ community to designate women or woman-aligned people who love other women or woman-aligned people. Sapphic books don’t need to have a romance plot either. As long as the character is sapphic and this […]Read More

A Love Letter To Live Music

The tallest man on earth is standing in front of you, requiring you to duck and weave more than Tyson Fury to get a glimpse of the act on stage. You’ve got a stranger’s ponytail in your mouth and your shirt is soaked through with a liquid that you hope is beer, but that has […]Read More

Live Music Will Return But Virtual Livestreams Are Here To

Amid the news that Glastonbury has been cancelled yet again, co-organiser Emily Eavis has announced plans to still work on Glastonbury-related projects throughout the year—including potential livestreamed events. Eavis told The Guardian that several artists had been in touch to still offer to perform at the farm and that a show could be built to […]Read More

Harry Styles Is Standing On The Shoulders of Chiffon

Harry Styles has been breaking hearts since his debut on the X-Factor in 2010. He is not, however, breaking glass ceilings of gendered fashion as recently suggested by Caitlin Moran. His appearance on the cover of Vogue, December 2020, in a frock, was indeed something wonderful. It just was not an earth-shattering moment of genderless […]Read More

What Impact Will TikTok Have On The 2021 Music Charts?

With more time stuck indoors, many of us stumbled upon TikTok in 2020. The social media phenomenon resulted in millions upon millions of people collectively shimmying to some form of viral song in front of our smartphone cameras. Cue 2021 and lockdown 3.0, and it’s a safe bet that the hordes will be returning to […]Read More

Obituary: MF Doom, Elusive and Masterful Rapper

MF Doom, elusive and masterful rapper, has died aged 49. New Years Eve. As many celebrated and waved goodbye to a painful year, 2020 had one last trick up its sleeve. The wife of the underground hip-hop icon MF DOOM announced late into the night that the rapper had died on Halloween of last year. […]Read More

Interview: Bernardine Evaristo

The arts are far more entwined than many will ever realise – artists of all forms know this. As a music student I couldn’t help but wonder how influential music was to 2019 Booker Prize winner Bernardine Evaristo. Born in South London, she is currently professor of creative writing at Brunel University London and President […]Read More

Punk and Politics: Nobody Has Complete Control

What even is this ‘punk’ thing, anyway? If there’s any musical genre that’s truly transcended the boundaries of mere sound and come to represent a set of ideals – even a lifestyle – then surely it has to be punk. Even the word ‘punk’ is more than just an adjective to describe music. It’s also […]Read More