There is power in the stories we tell; the stories we tell matter. The impact that a story, a character, or an artist can have on a person’s life can’t be stated enough. Music. Theatre. TV. Film. Books. No matter the medium, telling or listening to a story can not only be an outlet, but a lifesaver. Being surrounded...

    Refugees They have no need of our help So do not tell me These haggard faces could belong to you or I Should life have dealt a different hand We need to see them for who they really are Chancers and scroungers Layabouts and loungers With bombs up their sleeves Cut-throats and thieves They are not Welcome here We...

If you’ve ever been lucky enough to visit the Statue of Liberty in New York City, you may or may not have noticed the inscription that reads: “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free.” Clearly, something has changed in America. This line comes from the sonnet New Colossus by Emma...

Whether on film or in the flesh, Asma Elbadawi has an undeniable, almost electrical presence – it’s no wonder that she’s shot to fame over the past year as an outstanding performance poet. After leaving Aljazira in Sudan shortly after her first birthday, Asma grew up in Bradford with her parents and brother, attending...

Last Friday 17,410,742 people voted to end the UK’s membership of the European Union, and every time I open up Facebook on my phone, it’s with a pit of dread in my stomach. I keep seeing racist incident after racist incident, and as a Muslim woman of Pakistani origin, it simultaneously breaks my heart and terrifies...

Comic books have become my new thing. Once daunted by all the timelines, and a wall of the same superhero, I’ve jumped straight into blissful nerdery. As a Pakistani Muslim, I never expected to find Muslim characters in comic books, but it turns out comic books are much better for representation than TV or film (can...

As a British Pakistani woman, I’ve grown up with a mishmash of thoughts about what my body should look like. I’ve been subject to I ideals which, honestly, I won’t ever meet. It’s been a journey of agonising about my appearance, but you know what? I’ve found that the best way to be comfortable as an Asian girl is to...

As a woman of colour, my perception of my physical self has long been influenced by the way society has viewed me and the way the media has portrayed other black women. The media depicted black women as inherently curvaceous and when I grew into an athletic and slender body I felt that I fell short of this standard. I...

Family reunification for refugee families is covered by both UK and International law. However, severe and unfair restrictions on the process of reunification in the UK make it incredibly difficult for many refugees to be joined by their families once they are granted asylum. If a refugee wishes to bring their family...

George Haffenden holds an MA in political research and has studied conservative American politics extensively, completing research projects on recent developments in the Republican Party and the conservative media. He would like it to be known that he is a white, economically comfortable man who has never lived in...