World Toilet Day

World Toilet Day: Has a human right become a privilege?

A trip to the toilet is a basic act for most of us: we sit or stand, we do our business, we flush, we wash our hands and we go about our day without a second thought. But this mundane routine is unfamiliar to many people across the globe.

On 19 November the UN will be celebrating World Toilet Day. It is a day that marks the importance of effective sanitation; something that many people in many countries do not have. The World Health Organisation reports that 60% … Read on

Newsworthy newsletters

I’ve never been very good at reading email circulars. I unsubscribe from most unless there is a tangible benefit to me being on the list, like free stuff or discounts. I now realise that’s because I wasn’t on the right mailing lists. The ones I read regularly now provide insight, information and usually amusement too. So I thought you might be interested in some of the ones that claim my attention these days.

Five things on a Friday — James Whatley

This newsletter was recommended by Holly Brockwell in her Ethos feature a few months ago. … Read on

A hug through your screen

Photo credit: BBC

An odd turn of phrase, but said by a BBC2 continuity announcer recently when introducing what has fast become one of my favourite programmes, The Repair Shop. And I’m not alone. Thanks to some decent scheduling pushing this TV delight to more popular time slots, The Repair Shop has gained traction as a much-loved TV favourite.

Despite being around for a couple of years, the programme only came to my attention earlier this year. The ‘shop’ is based in the Weald and Downland Living Museum in West Sussex and is populated by restoration experts whose … Read on

Whats on: November

1-10 November: Homotopia, various venues around Liverpool. The UK’s longest-running LGBTQ+ arts and culture festival is back again. It grows every year as it becomes more and more well known for its range of events and speakers. And this year is no exception. All events, including a collaboration with the Keith Haring exhibition at the Tate can be found here.

1-9 November: River of Light Festival, the Waterfront and various venues around Liverpool. The annual firework display will be on Sunday 3rd on the Waterfront between Liverpool and Wirral. Outside of that … Read on

Katumba Halloween Parade 2019

Join in Katumba Halloween Parade 2019 ‘From Darkness to Light: Where the Worlds Meet’

On Saturday 26th October, Liverpool ONE will become the stage for an epic battle between Darkness and Light! Hailed as the Northwest’s biggest Halloween Parade in 2018, this year’s procession will culminate in the ultimate clash of darkness and light, beats, moves and fire.

Organisers Katumba invited artists, partners and bands from Liverpool and the Northwest to join in the fun and go even bigger in 2019 with ‘From Darkness to Light: Where the Worlds Meet’. Audiences can follow the huge parading spectacle from Bold Street through … Read on

Cirqadia Festival of Contemporary Circus

Cirqadia Contemporary Circus Festival – A First for Liverpool!

8th – 10th November 2019

Liverpool’s circus pioneers Freefall are delighted to announce that their Arts Council England bid for funding to support the city’s first-ever Festival of Contemporary Circus this November has been successful.

Cirqadia is a pioneering weekend of events celebrating the talent of UK based circus performers and providing a platform for new work from performers across the region as well as allowing young people new to the circus the opportunity to learn from the professionals.

Over the weekend audiences will be able to experience two new works … Read on

What’s on: October

From 1 October: Alexis Teplin, Bluecoat. In her first major exhibition in the UK, Teplin will display a new range of work. He works crosses between painting, performance and film, with parallels drawn between the process of these art forms. Teplin draws from many sources as inspiration for her work, from the Labour Manifesto to the films of Fellini. Originally from California, Teplin now teaches painting at RCA London. On until 23 February 2020.

3 October: Cycling and Walking – winning the argument, Museum of Liverpool. The first Autumn seminar from Engage … Read on

Attending the UN as a member of Amnesty’s Children Human Rights Network

In June I joined Amnesty UK’s Children’s Human Rights Network as a committee member. The network – which is made up of 10 members from across the UK – meets once a month to plan its work around children’s human rights. We work on issues which affect children’s rights including knife crime, school exclusion, FGM, child marriage, climate change, cuts to mental health funding for under 18s, and citizenship rights. We also launch campaigns across the UK to secure rights for all children.

The most recent petition – which we delivered to the Department for Education on 6 September – … Read on

How climate change affects our human rights

“Climate change is a human rights issue not only because its devastating impacts affect the enjoyment of human rights, but also because it is a man-made phenomenon which can be mitigated by governments.”

Kumi Naidoo, Secretary General of Amnesty International


Our planet’s climate has always fluctuated over time. But, our current rate of warming is occurring much more rapidly than ever before; and it’s the overwhelming scientific consensus that our rapidly warming world is manmade. By burning fossil fuels, over-farming our lands and demanding more livestock to feed us – our greenhouse gases are the highest they’ve been in over 800,000 years.

This … Read on

World Photography Day

It was World Photography Day on Monday, an annual celebration of the art, craft, science, and history of photography. When I went to university, I enrolled in a photography degree with absolutely no intention of becoming a photographer. I just had this burning desire to learn about photography and how the camera is used as a tool to tell stories. Since being surrounded by photographers and filmmakers I’ve learned so much and been so inspired by the narrative and creativity of photographic series. So, in the spirit of World Photography Day, I thought I’d share some photographers and their work … Read on