East-coast born Laura has set up camp in Glasgow to study for her postgrad in Digital Journalism at Strathclyde Uni. Her favourite things include books, food, and charity shops.

TOP 5: bizarre dates in January

Forget the January blues – after discovering that this month offers some super fun celebrations of things which are completely and utterly bizarre, we’re feeling better already! So ignore the cold weather, take a break from studying and get these five dates in your diaries… Peculiar People Day – 10 January If you’ve got a […]

How To… Ace Your Prelims

It’s the first week back at school and just five minutes after you’re reunited with the friends you didn’t see over the festive period – prelims hit. Some think that because prelims are marked internally, and their grades don’t end up on the all important SQA certificate, that they just don’t matter. But they do. […]

How to… Keep New Year’s Resolutions

The time of year where we make promises to ourselves has arrived. And no doubt, even though it’s only the first week of January, many of us are struggling to follow through with our pledge. Keeping New Year’s resolutions can be hard, no matter how simple a target you set yourself. So whether you’ve sworn […]

Beating post-Christmas depression

Today is the day everyone dreads. It’s the day the Christmas decorations come down and we all return to the library to complete assessments and revise for exams. Yep, it’s 6 January, and Christmas is well and truly over – and according to the papers, today is the most depressing day of the year. After […]

YOUR VIEW: Story Thieves – Why the book is always better

Everyone has a pet peeve. For Jamie Oliver, it’s peeling garlic; for my mum it’s referring to someone by their pronoun instead of their given name; and for me, it’s film directors turning my favourite books into films. Why can’t they come up with their own ideas instead of pinching the hard work of authors? […]

REVIEW: Every Day – David Levithan

Published in August this year, Every Day spent the majority of summer hovering around my Goodreads’ recommendations. Initially, I avoided it. There was a number of books on my reading list already and, to be honest, the synopsis of the young adult tale didn’t come across as anything that couldn’t wait. But, when the book […]

YOUR VIEW: It’s Christmaaaaaaaaaaass – and has been for a while…

On Saturday, I found myself in an unusual situation. The situation being that I was sitting at my desk, writing up the words you are about to read. The situation was unusual because my Saturdays tend to be much livelier. And by livelier, I mean living it up with The X Factor gang before going […]

REVIEW: Lorde – Pure Heroine

The opening sound of Lorde’s debut album had me imagining myself behind the wheel of a car during a city night-drive where the streetlights’ reflections on the windscreen appear cloudy under the raindrops that fall to beat. Lorde, or Ella Yelich-O’Connor to her folks, is described as ‘a woman noted for courage and daring action’ and […]

INTERVIEW: Wildflowers

Influenced by old singer-songwriters with a healthy dose of the modern day, Wildflowers are a four piece band from various towns in England. Lead by Siddy, who comes over as rocked-up Jenny Lewis, James, Kit and Kendal all have great voices and masses of energy on stage. Laura Redpath caught up with them after they […]