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Charlotte Irwin

Features editor at Freelance journalist with words in i-D, Financial Times,, Sunday Times Magazine, Courier Magazine

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I write on a broad range of topics, from the arts and travel to money. Commission me at [email protected]

The Power of a Lone Woman

Tereza Zelenkova is a Czech photographer from Ostrava, whose analogue, black-and-white images look to evoke the mystical, yet still remain rooted in reality. But perhaps the most impressive element, is that her often surreal images of women manage to evoke history, while also commenting on the present in which they were taken.

exploring sex, dating and digital intimacy through art

Your Reservation is Confirmed, by Yushi Li This article originally appeared on i-D UK. Yushi Li stares into the chest of the naked man she is skipping with. His elevated penis mirrors her in-flight ponytail, but a fully-dressed Li seems preoccupied, and her tensed hand around the shutter release reveals the reality.
Hit the road in the Capital Region: what to see, do and eat on a road trip around Washington DC...

It's not all power games and politics in Washington DC - the city and its surrounding states make for an off-beat road trip with easy driving, craft beers and historic sites galore. The Capital Region - taking in the powerhouse city of Washington DC and the surrounding Mid-Atlantic states of Maryland and Virginia - is one of the best locations to kick-start a Kerouac-esque road trip across America.

Yushi Li

Chinese photographer Yushi Li's work is bold in its use of male nudity to challenge traditional gender roles. But what's perhaps most disorientating and striking about Li's work is her choice of domestic settings for her images, which manage to create both a sense of comfort and strangeness to this exploration of sex and heterosexual relationships in modern day society.

On digging: where Seamus Heaney meets Greta Thunberg

"Art is either plagiarism or revolution." - Paul Ganguin Between my finger and my thumbThe squat pen rests; snug as a gun Under my window, a clean rasping soundWhen the spade sinks into the gravelly ground:My father, digging. I look down Till his straining rump among the flowerbedsBends low, comes up twenty years awayStooping in rhythm through potato drillsWhere he was digging.
Explore Washington DC: top things to do, where to stay and what to eat

Named after the first President of the United States George Washington, Washington DC is a city steeped in politics and history that demands respect. At first, its defined by its seriousness, with marble-clad government buildings trying to outdo each other in size and some of the best museums in the world.

Will Douglas

One particular image is more obviously playful. Video monitors - the flattener of 3D experience - themselves become 2D in a mise-en-abyme that demands you consider what it is to create and view an image. While the photograph of a stained glass window, broken at the top, draws attention to both the glass and its depictions, and the world behind.

Maury Gortemiller

This seems all the stranger, as the title - Do the Priest in Different Voices - is rooted in narrative, evoking a child's demand during a bedtime story. But it is the mention of this religious 'father' that acts as the steer to what lies within.

Five reasons to live in Gibraltar

By Charlotte Irwin Lying on the southern tip of the Iberian peninsula, 70km down the Mediterranean coast from the Spanish resort of Marbella, Gibraltar has a spectacular physical setting and the allure of a low-tax regime.

Eva Gjaltema

In that, it isn't unexpected that there is a melancholy to the photographs that are far from the typical milestone snapshots we expect of childhood. There is no first smile, that time you put their clothes on back-to-front, or the first trip to nursery.

A Younger Theatre
Review: No Kids, Battersea Arts Centre - A Younger Theatre

is much more than a play. It's an argument, a discussion, a life decision. An exchange between real-life couple Nir Paldi and George Mann, No Kids asks a simple question that hangs over the hour-long performance as it does their relationship: should they have children?

Financial Times
Who wins the expat rental jackpot?

The increasingly global nature of work means more of us are living overseas. According to a 2018 report by Finaccord, there are some 66.2m expats working worldwide, which it defines as anyone living in another country for between 12 months and five years.

Financial Times
Notting Hill: back in fashion

In the early 2000s, Notting Hill was the place to be. More than just the location of a certain film, the hip enclave with its celebrity inhabitants and its beautiful historic houses made the west London postcode one of the most sought after to live in.
Why I finally got a credit card

After years of happily saying no to credit, I was shocked to realise that it could help me get on the housing ladder.

A Younger Theatre
Review: The Rave Space, Camden People's Theatre - A Younger Theatre

To an extent, The Rave Space does what it says on the tin. You walk down the stairs into the dark basement of Camden People's Theatre, get your hand stamped, take your purple laser, and start raving to the soundtrack as provided by resident DJ, Will Dickie.

Financial Times
Is Dublin's property market heading for a soft landing?

Over the past five years Ireland has been on something of a tear. The economy is the fastest growing in Europe, unemployment has fallen below the EU average and house prices rose 11.9 per cent last year, on top of 8.6 per cent growth in 2016, according to rating agency Standard & Poor's.

A Younger Theatre
Review: Made In China's Super Duper Close Up, The Yard - A Younger Theatre

Towards the end of Made In China's Super Duper Close Up, solo-performer Jess Latowicki tells the audience, "I always thought my story would be one with backing dancers." There is a certain sadness to this sentence. But this intense monologue, which throws in expressive dancing, video work, and a very absurd piece of audience participation, isn't without its own flashes of glitz.
Pensions: why I'm already saving for retirement aged 23

Jessica Davis is a 23-years-old digital fashion journalist and has been living and working in London for just over a year. After starting her first job a year ago, she started to contribute around £50 per month into her company pension scheme.
Cheap date: find love without breaking the bank

We are obsessed with dating. In fact, ever since the advent of online dating in 1995, there are more ways to meet someone than ever before. But with the average date costing £129 across two people, according to and the Centre for Business and Economics, finding 'the one' can soon get quite expensive.

Five reasons to live in Oxford, UK

It may be home to one of the world's best universities but Oxford has more to offer than academic excellence. Among the colleges lies a historical city with a modern outlook and a prospering economy. Digital destination Oxford lies at the western end of the Oxford-Milton Keynes-Cambridge corridor across central England.

Financial Times
Short review: The Broken Mirror by Jonathan Coe

This modern fable has more than a touch of Lewis Carroll to it. Eight-year-old Claire's life is transformed when she finds a broken mirror that changes the appearance of the world around her. Her toy tiger appears to be a real big cat and her acne disappears, among other surprises.

Five reasons to live in Porto, Portugal

Portugal's second-largest city has much more to offer than its famous fortified wine, port. Situated on the coast where the river Douro flows into the Atlantic, Porto offers history, spectacular scenery and some of the best of Portuguese cuisine.

A Younger Theatre
Review: Absolute Hell, Lyttelton Theatre - A Younger Theatre

Rodney Ackland's Absolute Hell was originally conceived as . The work delving into the hilarious and often tragic lives of the members of Soho Club La Vie en Rose in the final days of WWII, jarred with the nation's post-war positivity when it debuted in 1952, and ended Ackland's career.

British Journal of Photography
Cindy Sherman on show at Sprüth Magers London

Cindy Sherman has long been known for her love of dressing up. Inventing new characters became part of her photography early on in her 35-year career, and her most famous work remains Untitled Film Stills (1977 - 80), in which she posed as imaginary B-movie and film noir actresses.

A Younger Theatre
Review: There But For The Grace Of God (Go I), Soho Theatre - A Younger Theatre

Adam Walsh - no - is an actor. An actor who found that when he Googles himself, the top result is a six-year-old who was murdered in 1981 in LA. It may seem to be a tenuous link, and consequently a tenuous premise to an hour long, one-man show, but Welsh's thorough, thoughtful approach means that what seems strange, soon starts to feel like an important connection.

A Younger Theatre
Review: The Lieutenant of Inishmore, Noel Coward Theatre - A Younger Theatre

Watching The Lieutenant of Inishmore you get the feeling that everyone on stage is having a good time. That might just be down to the darkly comic script as penned by Martin McDonough in 1993 while the Troubles in Ireland were in full flow, or the vigour they seem to throw behind their lines.

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Review: Julie, National Theatre - A Younger Theatre

Review of Julie. August Strindberg's Miss Julie finds a new home in contemporary London, as Carrie Cracknell (The Deep Blue Sea) directs a cast including Vanessa Kirby (The Crown) and Eric Kofi Abrefa (The Amen Corner). It is playing at the National Theatre until 8 September.

A Younger Theatre
Review: Red, Wyndam's Theatre - A Younger Theatre

It's 1958 New York, and the artist Mark Rothko is painting his Seagram Murals. The series of paintings, which can still be seen at the Tate Modern in London, have come to define the artist's career. Both in what they evoke in their viewers, and the history around their conception and purpose.

Five reasons to live in Bushwick, New York

This former industrial area in the borough of Brooklyn in New York has long been known for its history as a centre for brewing - now defunct - and as an artistic community.

A Younger Theatre
Review: Macbeth, Olivier Theatre - A Younger Theatre

This Macbeth lives in a world of bin bag chic. Raves, duct-taped armour, heads thrown into plastic bags; this is an apocalyptic underworld where dad dancing mingles with murder, in a visually compelling, but sometimes disappointing version of Shakespeare's classic. In the most obvious attempt to modernise, rave scenes replace banquets.

Five reasons to live in Galway, Ireland

By Charlotte Irwin The inspiration behind Steve Earle's modern classic "Galway Girl" (or, for those who missed it, Ed Sheeran's 2017 version), this west coast city is fast becoming a rival to the capital Dublin as one of Ireland's top places to live.

A Younger Theatre
Review: Coraline, Barbican - A Younger Theatre

Coraline fast became a cult classic when Neil Gaiman's children's novella was first published in 2002. There has since been the award-winning stop-motion film adaptation, a musical, and even a Simpsons episode where Gaiman's own voice featured.

Five reasons to live in Nantes, France

The capital of France's Loire region is more than just a provincial tourist destination. An hour's drive from Brittany, Nantes is a lively city that has grown from medieval roots into a buzzing place to be. Green and clean From A to B The medieval Bouffay district in the centre of Nantes is largely pedestrianised, allowing for a relaxed walk.

Financial Times
Snapshot: 'Dark Line - Thames Estuary' by Nadav Kander

Awarded the Prix Pictet in 2009 for his work Yangtze - The Long River, the Israeli-born photographer Nadav Kander has now turned his attention to London's River Thames. His ongoing series, Dark Line - Thames Estuary, focuses on the point where England's longest river meets the sea.

Moving Up The Scale

An interview with Duncan Tickell, MD of Advertising & International at Immediate Media Co, about the arrival of AMP.

High Life
Detours: Art of Stone

Artist Marc Quinn's exhibition Drawn From Life in Sir John Soane's Collection.

XCity Magazine
A manner of speaking

Body language expert Dr Peter Collett tells Charlotte Irwin why actions really do speak louder than words.

Huck Magazine
London marches in solidarity with civilians in Aleppo

Central London comes to a standstill as protestors call on the British government to help the Syrian people suffering in the devastated city of Aleppo. Central London comes to a standstill as protestors called on the British government to take immediate action to help the Syrian people suffering brutality in the devastated city of Aleppo.

A Younger Theatre
Review: Fox Hunting, Courtyard Theatre - A Younger Theatre

as a title evokes the countryside battles between the government and wealthy hunters who chase and kill for sport. But at the Courtyard Theatre, 21-year old playwright David Alade's Fox Hunting is a compelling piece of verbatim theatre about inner-city knife crime, where innocent young men are turned into killers, victims, and the dead.

Financial Times
Snapshot: 'René Magritte: The Photographs' at Bruce Silverstein Gallery

Belgian artist René Magritte (1898-1967), a leading figure in the Surrealist movement, was known for his reality-distorting paintings. From an early age, Magritte also applied his experimental approach to photography. Never exhibited in public in his lifetime, Magritte's playful images bear the motifs of his paintings.

Huck Magazine
The woman who can't have sex

When Shelby Hadden had her first period, at the age of 14, something felt wrong. She realised that the level of pain caused by trying to insert a tampon couldn't be normal. After countless trips to the doctor, it transpired that Shelby was suffering from vaginismus.

Huck Magazine
At home with Britain's greatest living photographers

Whether it's war photographer Marcus Bleasdale opening the front door of his Norwegian retreat wearing only black thermal underwear or Magnum president Martin Parr's penchant for collecting Margaret Thatcher-themed crockery, photographer Peter Dench's latest book unveils details that you'd expect to hear over a pint, rather than in a coffee table photography book.

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