The Southsea Food Tour: T and Thistle

S&C food critic Emily Priest visits a Scottish-influenced haven of excellent local tea, perfect poached eggs and high-end panini fillings. I didn’t sleep well last night and woke up this morning in a flat mood. I slumped out of bed, put on my clothes with a sigh and readied myself for the day ahead. In Read more

Some People Are Bisexual: Get Over It

In this frank and personal essay, Siobhan Coleman responds to some of the common misconceptions about bisexuality. I was twelve years old when Rachel Riley replaced Carol Vorderman as the co-presenter of TV’s Countdown. I remember Rachel standing there in her little scarlet frock that only just about covered everything it needed to, her legs Read more

Being a Full Time Mother is Not a Source of Shame

Madeleine Hagan is a student at the University of Portsmouth studying Creative and Media Writing. Originally from North Carolina, she likes telling stories about her experiences as an international student on her blog The Salt Compass (http://madeleinehagan.com/). In her spare time she is a seaside coffee shop tourist, passport stamp collector, and aspiring novelist.   Read more

Why Yik Yak is the Portsmouth Student’s App of Choice

Each morning Portsmouth University student Megan Langdon wakes up and has a stretch, before grabbing her phone and finding out the latest news from her friends. While she uses Facebook and Instagram a lot, she’s now convinced that the best app for staying up to date with Portsmouth’s student community is Yik Yak. Yik Yak‘s emphasis is hyperlocal, allowing its users to view posts Read more

Magnolia Flowering in Cold Spring in Albany Road

Superior the knowing human glance that dreams, in lightly jostling verticals, ideas that make the candelabras dance, the whitened tips of candle flames that call   to mind a burning icy chalice raised beneath the sky’s acceptance. Over time these flowers were led in evolution’s ways to make their fine survival death-defying.   A blind Read more

A Casualty of the Great War?

S&C Contributing Editor John Oke Bartlett revisits a family mystery of war, trauma and Christmases past. Nana didn’t talk much about life with her first husband Victor Nash. According to my parents’ marriage certificate, Victor had been a director of a London wine company. He volunteered or was called up for the Great War, which he Read more

The Southsea Food Tour: Aurora Café and Lounge

In a brand new series for S&C, journalist and food critic Emily Priest will be visiting Southsea’s most delectable diners, exquisite eateries and luscious luncheonettes. Named after the statue above the Kings Theatre, Aurora Café and Lounge has been in business since 2015 when it replaced Magick Bean. Since then it’s been making a big Read more

Dodging the ‘N Word’: Being Black and Female in (Mostly) White, Male Student Halls

What happens when a woman of colour from vibrant South London moves into a student flat in Portsmouth with a group of mostly white men? Dyanni Swhyer-Brown reveals all. I stared out of my window at the sunset shining through the gaps between the James Watson Hall and the surrounding buildings. I ducked at one Read more

Portsmouth Artists’ Season: Samuel H James (higgy_)

Inspired by Dadaism, Jazz LP cover designs and the fiction of JG Ballard, Samuel H James (higgy_) talks us through some of his surrealistic ‘digi-collages’. ‘Cogs & Flues, Ostrich’   This piece has a vibrant wash in terms of colour and theme. The elegance of the flamboyant flamingos has been highlighted by a brighter spark Read more

From Peru to Pompey: Climate Change is Closer Than You Think

Lily Anderson-Neyra, a former Portsmouth resident and co-founder of Portsmouth Climate Action Network, reports on the impact of climate change in her birth country of Peru, and asks Pompey to help those affected. Additional reporting by Sarah Cheverton. This story begins in 1980 when, as a 20 year old, I moved from Peru, my birth Read more