The charity heroes who helped the nation survive the pandemic
What has been largely considered to be one of the most challenging years facing the UK has also been a time which has illuminated the kindness of heroes helping communities, families and frontline workers to keep going.
For The Scotsman, January 2021
The Edinburgh funeral director making the hardest of years a little easier for those mourning loved ones
An interview with Edinburgh-based funeral director Tim Purves.
For The Scotsman, December 2020
Inside the murky world of social media moderation
More and more social media content moderators are coming out with horror stories about their workplaces. I explore the reality of moderating for big tech and the demand for better treatment of social media moderators.
For The Skinny, November 2020
Could Scotland’s growing love of wild swimming lead to a sea pool revolution?
The Covid pandemic has shown the importance of getting out into nature wherever possible. But could the wild swimming trend put Scotland’s historic sea pools back on our cultural agenda?
How lockdown created a new generation of gardeners
A new generation of gardeners has emerged from lockdown. We speak to some of them about how the hobby has become a coping mechanism for job loss, mental health and economic uncertainty
For The Skinny, October 2020
The LGBTQ+ club nights thriving in lockdown
With dancefloors placed out of bounds by coronavirus, a look at some of the LGBTQ+ club nights bringing queer communities together by the light of the computer screen
For The Skinny, Aug 2020
How Slow Dating took over online dating
For The Skinny, April 2019
Are we moving too fast? I explore whether ‘slow dating’ really is the new speed dating and whether it can absolve us of our online dating anxieties
Good Vibrations: The New Cult of Ecosexual Self-Care
The Skinny, October 2018
A new abundance of ecosex toys claim to be the route to wellness but when crystal dildos and foliage floggers are priced beyond reach, is free love really free?
Panic at the Porno: Moral panics and amateur porn
I examine the moral panic surrounding the amateur adult industry, and explain why I sometimes feel torn when it comes to porn. Contains graphic descriptions.
International Girls on Film
Originally written for The Columnist in 2017
On the importance of leading female middle-eastern directors shedding the white, western skin of the conventional female gaze in film.