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NCTJ Journalism Student at The City of Liverpool College, Content Writer, New Music Editor at Getintothis, Community Reporter at Liverpool Echo and English Literature Graduate.


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Video: Liverpool metropolitan cathedral hosts Gin Festival
The Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral played host to the countries’ biggest festival for gin drinkers in December. Gin Festival, famous for bringing over one hundred of craft gins to locations all over the UK, returned to the city for a third year, this time to a location that isn’t exactly synonymous with craft gin. Luten’s Crypt...
Gin o’clock: Gin expert Tom Grummett explains the craft gin boom
We're in the midst of a craft gin boom.  There's no getting away from the endless new cocktails, gin experiences and pop-up gin bars, but we're not complaining.  For those gin newbies who want to get in on the craze but aren't sure where to start, we chatted to the Gin Festival's resident Gin Expert,...
Liverpool Howl-O-Ween puppy parade raises over £2K Trish Barlow, Howloween Puppy Parade, Liverpool, KettleMag, Lauren Wise
A parade of spooktacular puppies in Liverpool city centre raised over £2,000 for local dog rehoming centre, Merseyside Dogs Home, on Halloween weekend. The charity joined forces with BrewDog Liverpool to create a Howl-O-Ween Puppy Parade to raise funds to help dogs in need. The event took place last Sunday afternoon and included two parades to Brew Dog in Liverpool along with...
Southport musical firework competition crowns ‘champion of champions’ British Musical Fireworks Championship, Southport
The British Musical Fireworks Championship (BMFC) 2017 ended in true style this weekend as it announced its 'champion of champions'. Southport’s annual musical firework competition, which takes place in Victoria Park, crowned Sirotechnics as 2017’s British Musical Firework Champions on Sunday. The pyrotechnics company, who also won the competition in 2013, said in a Facebook...
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Organisers of Y Not? Festival have announced the cancellation of the rest of the festival due to “adverse weather conditions”. The festival has received backlash on social media over the course of the weekend with festival-goers claiming there was a lack of preparation for the heavy rain, which resulted in unsafe conditions. Organisers posted the...
Hope & Glory Festival: ‘A festival of anthems’ Kettle Mag, Festival, Lauren Wise, Hope & Glory Festival
A brand new city-centre festival will hit Liverpool in August, and it's one none of us are prepared for. Hope & Glory Festival may well be in its first year, but that hasn't stopped the festival's creators from bagging a huge lineup, with James, Hacienda Classical, The Fratellis and Liverpool's own The Lightning Seeds topping the...
Bridget Christie presents an evening of feminism, Brexit and botany Culture, Review, Bridget Christie, Kettle Mag, Liverpool Playhouse, Lauren Wise
On a rainy Friday evening in Liverpool city centre, over 700 people pour into a sold-out performance at the Playhouse Theatre, where comedian Bridget Christie would soon be performing her stand-up comedy show Because You Demanded It. As with most live comedy, there's a diverse audience in attendance, but all are united by the same high expectations of a show praised as “Impassioned, moving, and extremely...
Review: The Vegetarian by Han Kang KettleMag, Lauren Wise, The Vegetarian, Han Kang, Review
If you're looking for a novel that follows a hero tortured by supermarkets' inability to make a decent avocado and halloumi sandwich, consequently leading him to investigate their factories only to find said supermarkets have unethically sound farming techniques, forcing the protagonist to free the caged hens, heroically stop the slaughter of thousands of cows...
#EVERYWOMAN: Donating Books in Exchange for Female Inspirations KettleMag, Lauren Wise, #EVERYWOMAN, Gloria Steinem, Books, Feminism
MP and author Jess Phillips is donating a book to a woman’s refuge for every tweet posted using the #EVERYWOMAN hashtag. The Birmingham-raised MP is calling on women to tweet using the hashtag to help out less fortunate women. Name the women who inspire you, drive you, empower you. For every shout out using #EVERYWOMAN...
Mud, Strongbow and Music: Remembering Leeds Fest 2016 Lauren Wise, Kettle Mag, Mud, Strongbow and Music: Remembering Leeds Fest 2016
The drifting scent of cinnamon and pine, the annual battle of TV adverts and an increasing energy of 'festive jolliness'. There's no mistaking it, Christmas is well on its way. So while you battle daily with the worsening weather, bask in a trip back to summer 2016, when festival season was at its height and...
The Paywall Explained Kettle Mag, Lauren Wise, The Paywall, Piggy Bank, The Sun, The Times, The Guardian, Ad block
We’ve heard a lot about this ‘paywall’. The Sun made headlines last month when it announced it would be taking down its paywall, and more recently the News UK Chief announced he would not rule out doing the same to The Times paywall. You no longer have to subscribe to get news, hurrah! So what’s...
What Makes a Good News Story?
At Kettle, we do our best to give our opinions about the latest news stories, whether the subject is music, politics or science. But have we ever asked how what makes the news does make the news? And why? For journalism and media students knowing how stories becomes big news is key to creating successful...
Why We Need to Talk About Playboy’s ‘No Nudity’ Decision
Playboy's recent decision to stop its nudity in print editions of the publication might not come as such a shock when you think about it.  The decision follows suit of Playboy's website which, since August, no longer contains female nudity. By dropping nudity the Playboy website has witnessed a dramatic increase in its page views, as...
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I might not have studied journalism at university, but during my time at Kettle journalism has become very important to me. How we read, receive and learn about the news stories through the media. Being media editor, having some of the best sources for media information on tap is a must. Although it’s necessary to...
Slow Journalism: Taking A Step Back
There's a new kind of journalism that's been ticking over in the background for decades, and it's revolutionising the media industry. Slow journalism is part of a wider movement that's taken industries by storm. Or, rather, by gently tapping them on the shoulder and offering them a cosy seat in a quiet office, giving them a hot cup...
Blackfish: The Film That… Made Me Want Change Blackfish, Seaworld, Lauren Wise, Kettle Mag, Film
The power of cinema lies in the effects films have on people. Films can make you cry, laugh, alter your opinions, influence you, be representative of a milestone in your life and can even change your life. Our new weekly film column, 'The Film That...', explores the impacts of cinema on people. This week, Media Editor Lauren Wise shares why...
How the World reacted to On Air shooting shooting in Virginia, media reaction, lauren wise, kettle mag
Our headlines this week have been filled with reports of the shocking murder of reporter Alison Parker, 24, and cameraman Adam Ward, 27.   It has been revealed that the journalists of WDBJ7 news station, Virginia, were shot by a former employee of the station live on air. Print and online media has expressed shock and...
The Woman behind Maxim’s First Man Idris Elba, Lauren Wise, KettleMag, Kate Lanphear
Last week the release of US Maxim turned a few heads for the right reasons. Instead of being confronted by a scantily clad seductress, The Wire’s Idris Elba smoulders from the cover in his suave leopard print coat. Kate Lanphear has been praised as the brains behind Maxim’s new image; toning down the lad mag...
DiCaprio and Scorsese: A Dream Team
It has recently been announced that kings of collaboration Leonardo DiCaprio and Martin Scorsese have teamed up once again to create a must see film.  The Devil in the White City is already sparking rumours of clinching DiCaprio that oh so near Oscar and when you hear the plot it’s pretty clear why.  The film...
Oh My Vlog! Reactions Lauren Wise, Oh MY Vlog!, Kettle Mag, Zoella
Last week saw the unveiling of a new step in the online world of vlogging, in the shape of teen magazine Oh My Vlog! The magazine has a similar image and appeal to those of us who were teens when Smash Hits was released, yet the lack of diversity that clouded the cover of the magazine...
The Changing Face of the BBC
Debate surrounding the future of the BBC has been ongoing for several weeks, as the initial 1,000 job losses caused a series of debates and negotiations between the government and the public broadcaster. The last couple of months have been busy for the BBC, with the axing of Jeremy Clarkson, the decision to switch BBC...
The American Dream: 5 of the best novels Kettlemag, Books, Lauren Wise, America, Great Gatsby, Novels
For Kettle’s last week in US Season, I thought I’d share my top five American Dream themed novels. My dissertation was in fact on The American Dream in mid twentieth century travel literature, so I didn’t find it too difficult to pick my favourites! And although we’re meant to grow to hate our dissertation topics,...
American Comfort TV: The O.C. Kettlemag, TV, America Season, The OC, Lauren Wise
We all have a TV show or series that we love, a show that we turn to when we're feeling lost or sick or tired or heartbroken. Somehow, these shows manage to support us through difficult times in our lives, and we never tire of them. For Kettle's Lauren Wise, that TV show is firmly...
NME; Print vs Online Kettle Mag, NME, Lauren Wise
The rise of online journalism is further reducing its print counter-part’s sales as NME announced last Monday that the magazine will be going free in efforts to boost circulation. Music fans will be waiting in anticipation for this September as 63 year-old company gives away the magazine for free for the first time. The company...
#LoveYourLibrary Kettlemag, Lauren Wise, #LoveYourLibrary
With the rise of e-books, kindles, and tablets, it seems the old fashioned book is a dying form. As a result, the library has been long at risk, with just under 500 UK libraries having been closed in the past 10 years. This steep decline forces the keen reader to question the necessity of the...
Pet peeves of the university library Library, Lauren Wise, Student Life, Kettle Mag
With the exam period fast approaching, the university library has become many student's place of refuge during this stressful time. But, when you put a large amount of stressed students in one place, there can be repercussions. Here’s a list of some of the most common pet peeves we all experience during this time, many of which...
The student voice: Is it heard? Microphone in Lecture Theatre, Lauren Wise, Student Life, Kettle Mag
The Guardian reported on Friday that the University of Arts London (UAL) has taken legal action over students staging an occupation over foundation course cuts. 14 of the students received a letter from lawyers, asking them to attend court on the 14th April. The occupation of the reception area of the Central St Martins College of...
Are gender dominated programmes good for TV? Top Gear, male tv, Lauren Wise, Kettle Mag
Top Gear’s recent media attention has caused its controversial host, Jeremy Clarkson, to be given the boot, and despite the Director General of the BBC, Lord Hall, being insistent that the show will be renewed for 2016, there seems to be a grey cloud looming over its uncertain future.   With this subject hot on everyone’s tongues,...
Books: The best beginnings
With spring upon us and Easter fast approaching, there is no better time for thinking about fresh starts and new beginnings. Some of the most important beginnings us English students encounter are the ones in books; they can encompass entire themes and characters in just a few short sentences. That considered, here are seven of my...
Cruelty at Crufts?
For Britain’s favourite dog show, Crufts, the past week has been a controversial one. Following the death of Jagger (Thendara Satisfaction) the Irish Setter, dog lovers have been in uproar over the revelation of the post mortem results, which confirmed beef laced with unknown poisons had been the cause of death. A former Crufts enthusiast...
Student summer holidays: How to make the most of your last one
If third year is getting you down, and your dissertation is making you feel doomed, take a break to make some summer plans! With what could most likely be your last ever summer holiday, it's important to use this time wisely and to your advantage. Here are some sure-fire ways for you to enjoy the summer and...
My Top 5 Female Protagonists
5. Tess Durbeyfield - Tess of the d'Urbervilles Tess Durbeyfield is a complex character to summarize. Victimized to such an extent in the novel, it is difficult to focus on her strengths, without also commenting on her weaknesses. Plucked at an early age from her virtuous, innocent youth to a sinful and tainted maturity, all...