International Women’s Day

This article was originally published on Youth Central. International Women’s Day on March 8 is an opportunity to think about the women in our lives: our mums, sisters, mates, girlfriends, aunts, grandmothers, frenemies and the complete strangers that we walk past on the street. It’s a day to celebrate all things female around the world…

First Impressions – A Furious Fiction entry

The brief: 55 hours. 500 words. Your story’s opening sentence must contain exactly THREE WORDS. Your story, anywhere throughout, must include the following FIVE F-words: ‘furious’, ‘flamboyant’, ‘forty’, ‘flavour’ and ‘fortune’. Plurals (if they exist) are allowed, but no other variations. Your story must include as a prop, in some way, a FEATHER. While I didn’t win the cashola,…

3 ways to prepare for your first hammam

Travelling as a woman is exhausting. When travelling in Morocco, despite dressing conservatively, the locals could tell we were tourists from a mile off. They would flock to us, surround us, yelling ‘hey, sexy lady, good price for you!’, grabbing us by the elbow and trying to get us into their stall. Other men, on…

Eat this: Tasty meals for fast days

It’s been a couple of months of indulgence, so I’m doing the 5:2 diet for a while to reset my hunger levels and generally feel healthier. Hooray! Everyone on the internet tackles this diet differently. For me, I find that if I don’t eat during the day my hunger levels stay manageable. If I eat…

Treat your ears: 3 funny podcasts to listen to

In the world of podcasting, it seems the ones that people get obsessed with are the slightly sordid, true-crimey kind of podcast. Your Trace or Serial or Dirty John, with twists and unexpected occurrences. While I do enjoy a good addictive true-crimey podcast, sometimes I don’t want to be bummed out with the worst of humankind on my way to…

7 things I learned while camping

When I told my friend Louise I wanted to go camping, I immediately regretted it. Her eyes lit up. “I’m gonna make you poop in a hole,” she said, with an evil cackle. The experience was infinitely better than I expected. Not only did I have a whole lot of fun, I learned a bunch of…