Food for thought..

BY LILY HOVIL As this apocalyptic time draws to a supposed end and with the threat of returning and reintegrating into reality looming it’s hard not to feel overwhelmed or underwhelmed with the lack of opportunity and motivation in the air. The future may seem disheartening and bleak and no matter what stage of your life you are in you …

Coming out in Cornwall

BY GEORGIE HARDING I first came out as a bisexual while at university in Brighton which was very easy in comparison to coming out in Cornwall, my old home. Even there, in “the gay capital of the UK”, I received a lot of weird looks, explicit comments and second glances when simply walking down the street with my then-girlfriend. But …

Self-love, Self-hatred and Everything In Between

BY CARA PHILLIPS This week on the pearl exchange we are focusing upon pride and identity, combining self-love and self-hatred. For this piece, I have decided to centre my attention on the specific components of self-love and hate. So, what is self-love? The dictionary defines it as a “regard for one’s own well-being and happiness”. Although, I believe the term …

AN OLD FRIEND

SENT IN BY temejos385@ddlre.com Lost upon the waves of bygone memoriesI look back at the white horses of grief crashing in my wake.Without a sail or a direction I drift on aimlessly.I may turn around and face the waves past,each splash of saltwater stinging my eyes.Slowly I shall return to landbut now I’d rather the sting to rememberthan to move …

Each day same, going insane

BY LILY HOVIL Wake up at 9. Oh no its 11am now. It’s okay can try again tomorrow. Stretch, yawn. Repeat. Funny how you can be so tired after doing absolutely nothing. Right, think, what shall I do Thinking about how many hours there are to fill suddenly I am under the duvet once again. Soon. Soon. 5 minutes. One …

SHORT POEM

BY CARA, WHILST OBSERVING YOUNG KITTENS Outside in the open breeze,Watching life and growth before my eyes.So playful, so quiet, so delicate,Clumsy, and innocent, yet learning.Developing understanding, adapting.Yearning for knowledge, excitement.Deep down, we are all the same,Looking for answers in a world of chaos.

Book Review: Lost connections by Johann Hari

BY ASSISI JACKSON When we talk about depression we are often told that it is simply caused by a chemical imbalance in the brain. 11.5 million adults in the U.K. were prescribed medication for their mental health in 2017 (PHE). Antidepressants made up over half of those. Nearly 20% of all adult’s experience mental health problems at some point. Interestingly, …

Grief is weird.

BY LILY HOVIL As a young person who has experienced grief I thought I would share how I felt and hope my experiences could help someone else. There are many different types of grief and no right way to react or handle the pain of loss. Everyone is different. Losing someone close to you unexpectedly is horrific that cannot be …

WORDS

BY BEAU PALIN There are four people who have confronted me to a corner. One is the sea. One is the city. One is the future. And the other is me. The sea is telling me to stay beside her and stay listening to her thunderous cries forever. The city is telling me to come out with him for the …

‘Earthlings’

BY BEAU PALIN I feel guilty when I wish you didn’t exist. But I can’t help thinking ‘what is your purpose?’. Is that car a compensation? For your inner combustion Your irrelevance Your irreverence Your mama telling you ‘I wish you were who I thought you’d be’. I guess I don’t really know you. And I shouldn’t be quick to …