Elise Wouters

United Kingdom

desire with discipline, romanticise to excess.

Language and the Experience of Desire

A few summers ago, I found myself tongue-tied on a first date. As I struggled for the right words, I folded cocktail napkins into sailboats to occupy my hands.


What holds the key to desire? In an age of instant gratification and constant communication, with sex virtually at our fingertips, moments of mystery feel hard to come by and easy to bypass. Yet scientists suggest that the most powerful dopamine kick can take place in the anticipatory stages, when the neurochemistry of romantic potential runs high.

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Why Live Music Fans In The UK Need Grassroots Venues

Independent music venues in the UK face tough times. While some thrive, like The Brudenell Social Club in Leeds, a significant number struggles to survive due to rising rents, council license restrictions and redevelopment plans. In a time of financial uncertainty and global political division, we need their DIY-culture and punk spirit more than ever.

This NSFW 'Fifty Shades' poem perfectly sums up Brexit

If you're getting fed up of Brexit, you're not the only one. However, this writer has decided to add a sprinkle of 'Fifty Shades' to a poem about Brexit, and it's really spiced things up. Belgian writer, poet and visual artist Elise Wouters has turned her pen to the most tumultuous political situati...