Olivia Spring

journalist

experienced journalist writing about feminism, women entrepreneurs, chronic illness and disability, artists and creatives, and more. I'm particularly interested in feature writing, interviewing, raising awareness for chronic and invisible illness, and meeting creative and interesting people.

United Kingdom

Portfolio

Features

MERRY JANE

How CBD Made My Struggle with Lyme Disease Infinitely More Bearable - HEALTH | MERRY JANE

"I couldn't believe the results. I had the energy to go for walks, get out of the house more, and I didn't feel my fatigue dramatically increase throughout the day. I felt like...

Marie Claire

Girls who escaped captivity from Boko Haram tell their stories

In a Marie Claire exclusive, three girls kidnapped by Boko Haram speak about their ordeal and their joy at being free Over three years ago, in April 2014, 276 schoolgirls were...

Marie Claire

What Is Lyme Disease And What Are The Symptoms To Look For?

Celebrities such as Bella Hadid, Yolanda Foster, and Kelly Osbourne have brought it to global attention, but what actually is Lyme disease? Lyme disease is an infection caught...

Eastlondonlines

Former Tower Hamlets teacher launches 'Grant a Smile' to help families affected by illness |...

A former Tower Hamlets teacher and local mother of three has launched an initiative to help support families who are affected by life-threatening or chronic illnesses. The...

[smiths]

Inside the Pandemic of Chronic Lyme Disease.

"It's the cancer of our time," says naturopath Oliver Barnett, an integrated medical practitioner and leading health expert in the UK. Barnett speaks for an estimated 45,000...

Marie Claire

The best Instagram accounts to follow for mental health awareness week

Approximately one in four people in the UK experience a mental health problem each year. The most common diagnosis is mixed anxiety and depression, and women in England are...

Eastlondonlines

Croydon mother launches all-female cab service | Eastlondonlines

A Croydon mother has launched a new female-only car service, offering women a safe and reliable alternative to minicab services and London transport. Annisa Cars, founded by...

Eastlondonlines

Feminist Hackney band performing at all-women festival | Eastlondonlines

A Hackney and Harringay-based band are set to perform at an event run by an alternative feminist music collective this autumn. Dream Nails, a feminist alternative band who got...

Eastlondonlines

Campaigners fight to keep New Cross NHS walk-in centre open | Eastlondonlines

Vulnerable patients in Lewisham and bordering areas could be losing the only remaining walk-in centre for urgent and non-urgent healthcare services in south-east London. Local...

Eastlondonlines

Goldsmiths students receive prestigious film award | Eastlondonlines

Three Goldsmiths students have won the prestigious Royal Television Society (RTS) London Student Award for their film about female oppression. The Female Voice was made by Julia...

Eastlondonlines

Picturehouse under fire over living wage as it bids to open in Ladywell | Eastlondonlines

Union members and protesters are urging the Mayor of Lewisham to reject a cinema chain's proposal to take over a publicly-owned Victorian bath house in Ladywell. Lewisham...

Interviews

[smiths]

Interview: Tracey Emin

Tracey Emin is sitting on the edge of her couch placed in the middle of her ground floor studio. Surrounding us are canvases mounted on the walls, tables overflowing with...

A WOMEN'S THING

Indie Rock Band Chastity Belt on Vulnerability, Friendship and Their New Album | A WOMEN'S THING

Discovering the band Chastity Belt was like finding a bunch of old journals I'd forgotten I had written. Their music entwined humor with sadness, sarcasm with truth, and...

[smiths]

Women in Theatre: An interview with Holly Bond, director at Wonderbox

Performing A Womb of One's Own. "We just said if you want to be part of the company, come and have a coffee at 10am at the National Theatre, and whoever arrives, that's the...

Personal Writing

Polyesterzine

How Being A Woman Affects A Chronic Illness Diagnosis

I remember being a sick 12 year old searching the internet to understand my diagnosis of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. I would stumble across forums of people asking if it is a real...

luna luna

Things My Illness Took from Me

When I ride the subway I become so many ages, I carry so many different years, and they appear in layers inside of me in a way I wish I could erase. They are built like a...

Fashion