The Notebook

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The Women of Nigeria

With the appointment of Muhammadu Buhari as Nigeria’s new president, it not only marks a significant political change for the country, but also a win for democracy. Nigeria is Africa’s … Continue reading

April 10, 2015 · Leave a comment

The Underground Girls of Kabul: Book Review

Mehran is a seven year old Afghan boy. He has a chubby face with dark bushy eyebrows and jet black hair, cut short. Mehran runs free. He goes out to … Continue reading

March 23, 2015 · 2 Comments


HINTERLAND is not a dramatic film. It isn’t particularly thrilling, or engrossing or awe-inspiring. There are no plot-twists or love triangles or sudden deaths. Yet tears will slowly but surely … Continue reading

February 18, 2015 · Leave a comment

The Street Is Our Canvas

It’s not every day you see the future queen – a pregnant one at that – naked on the side of a street. So if you happen to be strolling … Continue reading

February 9, 2015 · Leave a comment

Guy Bourdin: Image Maker

  Stilettos. A pair of them worn by two shapely legs strut down a seafront promenade decked with beach huts. These legs do not belong to a stylish sun-worshipper; they … Continue reading

February 1, 2015 · 2 Comments

Only The Ocean And Me

To say that 2014 was a busy year would be an understatement. In the space of 12 months I have left home, started university and got a job (although only … Continue reading

January 4, 2015 · Leave a comment

Testament of Youth: Film Review

  As the blood red sea of poppies gradually recedes from the Tower of London, the young spirits of World War 1 will be embodied through a new medium: film. … Continue reading

November 25, 2014 · 2 Comments

BFI London Film Festival 2014

The Circus That Came To Town Every year when the nights draw in and the leaves turn orange, the BFI London Film Festival rolls into town like an eagerly anticipated … Continue reading

November 1, 2014 · Leave a comment

Feminists Arise

Feminism (noun): The advocacy of women’s rights on the ground of the equality of the sexes. Ever since Emmeline Pankhurst and her clan of suffragettes adopted the ‘Deeds not Words’ … Continue reading

September 19, 2014 · Leave a comment

A Love Letter to Cornwall

Dear Cornwall, I have been visiting you ever since I was a new-born baby. As a toddler my chubby toes dug deep into your soft sand. Before that, my Granny … Continue reading

September 10, 2014 · 2 Comments

Zadie Smith: Queen of NW

“I am the sole author of the dictionary that defines me.” So begins Zadie Smith’s novel, NW. Unbeknown to the reader, this statement perfectly encapsulates the entire narrative. It suggests … Continue reading

September 4, 2014 · Leave a comment

Diary of an intern: Vogue

On June 30th 2014 I completed a great ambition of mine. I crossed the threshold from reality into planet fashion and lived to tell the tale. British Vogue – the pinnacle of … Continue reading

September 3, 2014 · 7 Comments

Girls Under Pressure

This article was originally published on Thursday 14th August (results day) on Alt Magazine It’s that time of the year again: sunshine (and the odd hurricane), farmers harvesting, bees buzzing, … Continue reading

August 27, 2014 · Leave a comment

French Roadtrip: Week 3

Dordogne to Normandy After a rejuvenating second week, we packed up and headed for the open road. Although it was nice to relax at the villa, I did miss the … Continue reading

August 18, 2014 · 1 Comment

French Roadtrip: Week 2

Gascony Following the action-packed camping frenzy of week 1, the second week of our French extravaganza was considerably subdued. The reason? Fortunately we had the luxury of staying in a villa; no … Continue reading

August 18, 2014 · 6 Comments

French Roadtrip: Week 1

Reims to Provence The sprawling landmass that is France was our oyster for three weeks as we embarked upon the annual road-trip. For the Williams family, a holiday doesn’t mean jetting out to … Continue reading

August 15, 2014 · 1 Comment

The Tank Man

He stands defiantly; feet apart, hands by his side, eyes closed. A peaceful expression pervades his facial features under a mop of ebony hair. Yet what he confronted must have … Continue reading

June 10, 2014 · Leave a comment

The Wacky World of Jean Paul Gaultier

Upon entry to the Jean Paul Gaultier exhibition at the Barbican, you soon come face-to-face with the great man himself. The world-renowned fashion designer stands in a corner, clad in his … Continue reading

May 6, 2014 · Leave a comment

Killer Fashion

In three days time it will be the anniversary of one of the 21st Century’s most horrific structural disasters: the Rana Plaza factory collapse in Bangladesh, which resulted in the deaths of 1,133 … Continue reading

April 21, 2014 · 2 Comments

Only in England

The photographer Tony Ray-Jones once said that “Photography can be a mirror and reflect life as it is, but I also think it is possible to walk, like Alice, through … Continue reading

March 10, 2014 · Leave a comment

Richard Hamilton: Pop Art Supremo

The Alan Cristea Gallery is a compact, contemporary space down an unassuming street, just a short walk from the hustle and bustle of Regent Street. The road is called Cork Street, however … Continue reading

March 4, 2014 · Leave a comment

Chanel: The Legend

Upon arrival at the Coco Chanel exhibition in the Gemeente Museum, Den Haag (a city just outside Amsterdam) it’s obvious that this is no ordinary exhibition. It felt as if … Continue reading

February 15, 2014 · Leave a comment

Van Gogh Heaven

The Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam is an unassuming modern concoction of glass and metal. Yet it houses the greatest collection of Van Gogh paintings in the world, which is … Continue reading

February 14, 2014 · Leave a comment

William Klein: The Outsider

William Klein is one of the most eminent photographers of our time. Street photographer, fashion photographer, film-maker and artist – he is one of those creative, talented people who has the ability … Continue reading

February 9, 2014 · Leave a comment

Electric Art at the Stedelijk Museum

From the exterior, the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam looks like a giant bathtub. Or maybe a massive blimp.  The shiny white curved edges of the roof could house a giant with … Continue reading

February 7, 2014 · Leave a comment

Adventure in Amsterdam

Amsterdam is stereotypically known as the place of prostitutes, Marijuana and canals – a city where almost anything seems to be legal. In Britain it is mostly regarded as a … Continue reading

February 2, 2014 · 1 Comment

Lena Dunham: The Real Deal

When the February issue of American Vogue hit the world’s newsstands last week, for once the cover was not what you would expect. Instead of a thin, bony and twig-like … Continue reading

January 19, 2014 · Leave a comment

Sherlock Holmes: His Last Vow

I am now officially a Sherlock Holmes convert. After watching my first ever Sherlock series I fully understand why there are so many screaming fans the world over (although I … Continue reading

January 18, 2014 · Leave a comment

The 7.39: Review

Episode 1 On paper the BBC’s 7.39 looked like T.V gold. With the fantastic Sheridan Smith as lead actress – whose rise in the acting world has seen her conquer both … Continue reading

January 12, 2014 · 2 Comments

Photojournalism: Tradition and Originality

For over 60 years, photographs have determined how we view and remember important historical events. Arguably the most defining events of the last century are battles, conflicts and war; the … Continue reading

January 1, 2014 · Leave a comment

For The Love of Art

This is my entry for the Telegraph Features Cassandra Jardine Memorial Competition. I had to submit a feature article between 1,500 – 2,000 words, so it’s quite long! You could write about anything that … Continue reading

December 2, 2013 · 2 Comments

Gerda Taro: She Shall be Remembered

I’m sure most people have heard of Robert Capa. The adventurous, risk-taking photojournalist renowned for his documentation of the D-day landings on Omaha Beach, along with the spectacular image of a … Continue reading

November 22, 2013 · 1 Comment

Disney Princesses: A Fantasy Too Far?

After spending a day lazing on the sofa watching Disney’s The Little Mermaid (yes I am eighteen years old), I have come to realise a couple of significant aspects which I’ve never … Continue reading

November 21, 2013 · 7 Comments

Book Review: The Orchard of Lost Souls

Somalian author, Nadifa Mohamed, fled her birthplace of Hargeisa, north-west Somalia in 1986. She and her family escaped falling into the deep abyss which the dictator had pushed her beloved country into; the noose around Somalia’s neck … Continue reading

November 1, 2013 · Leave a comment

Summer Memories

September is here. The autumnal chill has returned, children have faced those back to school nerves, Strictly will grace our screens once again and my mum is already searching for blackberries … Continue reading

September 7, 2013 · 1 Comment

Cornish Summer

And so to Cornwall where thousands of other British stay-cation holiday-makers descended. We actually spend most of our holiday avoiding the crowds of bucket and spade carriers who literally mob all … Continue reading

July 29, 2013 · Leave a comment

Diary Of An Intern: The Telegraph

22 million people in the U.K read newspapers every day. That figure surely defies all notions that social media and the internet are driving out the good old printed newspaper. Nothing … Continue reading

July 29, 2013 · 2 Comments

Michael Landy’s Saints: Alive and Kicking

Conceptual artist and sculptor, Michael Landy has an obvious penchant for destruction. His previous major exhibitions include, Break Down (Art angel, 2001) in which he obliterated all 7,227 of his … Continue reading

July 10, 2013 · 2 Comments

Vogue Entry: Sofia Coppola review

Sofia’s Translation The film-maker, Sofia Coppola, has long been criticised for her focus on the visual aesthetic of her work and lack of substance underneath the beautiful façade. Coppola herself … Continue reading

July 1, 2013 · 1 Comment

Vogue Entry: Anthony Green interview

Green’s Dreams An interview with artist, Anthony Green The first thing that strikes me when interviewing Anthony Green is how much he reminds me of Father Christmas. The artist is … Continue reading

July 1, 2013 · 1 Comment

Vogue Entry: An Experience to Remember

An Experience to Remember… Photographs fill me with joy. Whether it’s the fantastical creations of Tim Walker or the childhood snaps of my sisters and I running bare bottomed around … Continue reading

July 1, 2013 · 3 Comments

Vogue Talent Contest 2013

That day I shall never forget. The letter came swiftly through the letterbox in a posh cream envelope. The dog barked. Mum yelled up to me. A little knot formed … Continue reading

June 27, 2013 · 5 Comments

The Great Gatsby: Film Review

Baz Luhrmann’s ‘The Great Gatsby’ has caused a battle to erupt amongst the critics, however the majority have thrown rocket grenades on the latest film adaption of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel – see Phillip … Continue reading

June 20, 2013 · Leave a comment

Can Fashion Change The World?

Can fashion change the world? That was the question asked to four panellists during the Vogue Festival 2013. Yes, I know the question sounds quite pretentious, however the four panellists … Continue reading

June 13, 2013 · Leave a comment

The Enchanting Cathleen Naundorf

French German Photographer Cathleen Naundorf has recently caught my attention through her vivid and mesmerising contributions to British Harper’s Bazaar. Her fashion photographs exude an otherworldly, timeless elegance with an obvious nod … Continue reading

June 7, 2013 · Leave a comment

Venetian Adventure

This is my entry to the Saturday Telegraph’s weekly ‘Just Back’  travel writing competition. I didn’t win but I thought I’d share it as it perfectly sums up my Venetian … Continue reading

June 7, 2013 · Leave a comment


These photos of Barcelona (from Pencil ‘n’ Paint) depict the magic of such a mesmirising city (despite the omnipresence of pick-pocketers!) The place is just exploding with all things cultural; … Continue reading

January 21, 2013 · Leave a comment

Les Miserables

An old man sits in a chair looking close to death, his beautiful daughter and her husband are kneeling beside him. They exchange a loving final embrace before the man … Continue reading

January 19, 2013 · 2 Comments

Discovering Africa…

A wide panning shot fades up depicting the vast African savannah; the sun beats down on the golden wasteland, all is quiet, except for a comforting and familiar male voice. The voice echoes around … Continue reading

January 3, 2013 · 1 Comment

Finally… the rise of the plus size

     I’m certain I could hear a roar of delight as the January edition of British Vogue landed with a thud through subscribers’ letter boxes – I certainly cheered. The covergirl … … Continue reading

December 19, 2012 · 2 Comments