Amy Lee Forde

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Just graduated from Newcastle University with a degree in English Literature. Most of my journalistic experience has been with The Courier, in particular the music section, an area I am passionate about. Going to further study Multimedia Journalism at Manchester Metropolitan University, starting September.

NUSU: No Longer 'For Students, By Students'? | Newcastle Free Press

There is sign that heads the only visible notice board in Newcastle University Students' Union and it reads "anyone wanting to display a notice must first get it signed by a sabbatical officer. For further details please go to the main Reception desk on the Ground Floor.

Review: Promised Land

Amy Forde reviews Gus Van Sant's latest eco - drama Promised Land When a corporate big-shot rocks up at a small, rural town on the outskirts of the city, you know things are not going to go smoothly.

Jake Bugg: Live Review

The choice of backing music used to entertain the refreshingly diverse crowd gathered at Newcastle City Hall to see Jake Bugg on Sunday night says much about him as a musician. From the father of folk Bob Dylan, to the clip of Robert Johnson's infamous Crossroad as Bugg steps on stage, you become acutely aware of the legacy that Jake Bugg has recently become a part of.

Live review: Hip-hop Shakespeare

Although for many people the terms 'hip-hop' and 'Shakespeare' appear unlikely bedfellows, Thursday night at The Sage saw the unison of both artistic forms in a quite unforgettable evening of music. The Hip-Hop Shakespeare Company, fore fronted by MC Kingslee 'Akala' Daley, is a project that aims, through the arts, to inspire and engage talented young people who could be deemed 'out of reach' in society.

Live Review: Twisted Wheel

I first saw Twisted Wheel back in 2009 when they supported Paul Weller on his '22 Dreams' tour. A sea of mod haircuts and tailored jackets looked on with a general gaze while a small crowd of the bands home supporters cheered encouragement to their pals on stage.

Album Review: Al Lewis - Battles

Hailing from the notoriously musical corner of Britain, singer songwriter Al Lewis' new album is a testament to the serene landscape Wales provides. Battles is a transformative record, one similar to others of this genre that elevates you to a more pleasant place, the perfect accompaniment to a fresh spring morning or lazy, sunny afternoon.

Interview: Philipa Hanna

I felt an automatic liking to Philipa Hanna after watching her inspirational 'I am Amazing' video and realising, after about a minute of 'that places looks really familiar...' that it was filmed in a particularly recognisable part of Sheffield city centre. I knew from then out that I liked her.

Live Review: Patrick Wolf

The Sage - November 20th When describing to my housemates what sort of music Patrick Wolf created I could think only of the word 'eccentric.' Therefore a red decagon shaped room seemed very apt for his acoustic performance at The Sage on Tuesday night.

Oh, What a Night: Halloween Special

One night. One club. Halloween! Itchy Feet: Wednesday 31 October, 11pm, £6 Already planning what to do and where to go for this year's Halloween? Well think and look no further than Itchy Feet at the legendary World Headquarters for, as founder Leo suggests, some good "old fashioned fun".

Album Review: Lisa Hannigan - Passenger

Lisa Hannigan's part played in Damien Rice's two albums O and 9 was an absolutely essential one. This took his music from something brilliant to something sublime. Breaking away on her own in 2009, her debut solo album Sea Sew, was a great success gaining her a US tour and a Mercury Music Prize nomination.