Book Club · Culture

First Love: A Cryptic Snapshot Into an Abusive Relationship

“Considering one’s life requires a horribly delicate determination, doesn’t it? To get to the truth, to the heart of the trouble.” First Love is an often cryptic snapshot into the everyday reality of an abusive relationship.  The novel, which has been shortlisted for the Bailey’s Women’s Prize for Fiction, is Gwendoline Riley’s fifth book. Protagonist… Continue reading First Love: A Cryptic Snapshot Into an Abusive Relationship

Culture · News

Art and Activism in Ireland: Leanne Woodfull on Repeal Chain

When I think of the Repeal movement, a few images immediately spring to mind. I see the simple and stark caps-lock REPEAL lettering across Anna Cosgrave’s black jumpers. I see the eye-catching blue and red of Maser’s heart-shaped Repeal the 8th mural, which people have replicated on banners and t-shirts the world over. The latest… Continue reading Art and Activism in Ireland: Leanne Woodfull on Repeal Chain

Magazine · News

Magazine Launch – Spectra Volume 1: Q1 2017

Today, we have very exciting news.  Spectra is launching its very first magazine! Spectra has always been a magazine/website hybrid.  We want to pay homage to a more traditional magazine format by offering our content in the form of a 24-page online PDF and as a print copy.  The online PDF is available here for anyone… Continue reading Magazine Launch – Spectra Volume 1: Q1 2017

News · Perspectives

End the Shame: Strike 4 Repeal

  It’s been a hard week for Irish women. Today – International Women’s Day – the country is on strike. The strike is organised by pro-choice lobbyists seeking to repeal the eighth amendment. Introduced in 1983, the eighth amendment to the Irish constitution effectively bans abortion. Women throughout Ireland have the opportunity to join the… Continue reading End the Shame: Strike 4 Repeal