Interview / 16/11/2021 “Iraq had been decimated… I really felt for the people”: an interview with former United Nations Weapons Inspector Mike Barley

Zoom seems an unlikely place to be conducting an interview with a former United Nations Weapons Inspector, and further still to be discussing his tours in Iraq in search of Weapons of Mass Destruction. Yet here we are. Former United Nations (UN) Weapons Inspector Mike Barley was seconded to Iraq three times in 1996-7 at...

Climate Change, Interview / 26/10/2021 Editor-in-Chief Dolly Carter gets to know the faces behind UEA’s COP26 Festival

From 25th-31st October, campus will be changing. From monologue performances to a yoga session, a climate change vigil to a litter pick, UEA’s COP26 Festival is arriving. I spoke with Festival Director Ekaterina Dudakova and organisers Meg Watts and Charlie Bench to discuss their personal stories with the environment, the events taking place in the...

Home of the Wonderful, Interview / 26/10/2021 UCU committee member Pierre Bocquillon: “We are working more, we are being paid less”

Like many organisations, UEA UCU has had to adjust and change how it carries out its work as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. To learn about how Covid-19  has affected their work, I spoke to UEA UCU committee member Pierre Bocquillon. It is safe to say the Covid-19 pandemic has had a big effect...

Interview / 09/10/2021 Deputy Editor Freyja Elwood in conversation with UEA(SU) Officer Aaron Campbell: “I’m proud to be authentic even if that goes against what society would expect me to be”

For this issue of Concrete, I was given the opportunity to speak to Aaron Campbell, the welfare, community, and diversity officer at the Student Union (SU). He shared his insights on his time at UEA, Black History Month and his hopes for the future. Day-to-day, Aaron describes his role as: “Taking care of people, looking...

Interview, Sport / 14/09/2021 Interview with UEA Sport’s James Raywood

What is your role at UEA? Student Sport Operations Manager What are your ambitions for UEA Sport this academic year? We are looking forward to a ‘normal’ year in terms of sport and physical activity where the lifting of covid restrictions should allow a full programme to take place. We are excited to reinstate our...

Interview / 14/09/2021 “When your baby dies, nobody is ever really prepared for it”: a conversation with stillbirth and neonatal death charity Norfolk Sands

Content Warning – stillbirth, neonatal death, miscarriage, baby loss “When your baby dies, nobody is ever really prepared for it”. Stillbirth and neonatal death charity Norfolk Sands is part of a UK-wide network of Sands groups. They specialise in later miscarriage (12-24 weeks), stillbirth (24 weeks on), and neonatal death (up to a month after...

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“Iraq had been decimated… I really felt for the people”: an interview with former United Nations Weapons Inspector Mike Barley

Zoom seems an unlikely place to be conducting an interview with a former United Nations Weapons Inspector, and further still to be discussing his tours in Iraq in search of Weapons of Mass Destruction. Yet here we are. Former United Nations (UN) Weapons Inspector Mike Barley was seconded to Iraq three times in 1996-7 at…

Climate Change, Interview

Editor-in-Chief Dolly Carter gets to know the faces behind UEA’s COP26 Festival

From 25th-31st October, campus will be changing. From monologue performances to a yoga session, a climate change vigil to a litter pick, UEA’s COP26 Festival is arriving. I spoke with Festival Director Ekaterina Dudakova and organisers Meg Watts and Charlie Bench to discuss their personal stories with the environment, the events taking place in the…

Interview

Deputy Editor Freyja Elwood in conversation with UEA(SU) Officer Aaron Campbell: “I’m proud to be authentic even if that goes against what society would expect me to be”

For this issue of Concrete, I was given the opportunity to speak to Aaron Campbell, the welfare, community, and diversity officer at the Student Union (SU). He shared his insights on his time at UEA, Black History Month and his hopes for the future. Day-to-day, Aaron describes his role as: “Taking care of people, looking…

Interview, Sport

Interview with UEA Sport’s James Raywood

What is your role at UEA? Student Sport Operations Manager What are your ambitions for UEA Sport this academic year? We are looking forward to a ‘normal’ year in terms of sport and physical activity where the lifting of covid restrictions should allow a full programme to take place. We are excited to reinstate our…

Interview

“When your baby dies, nobody is ever really prepared for it”: a conversation with stillbirth and neonatal death charity Norfolk Sands

Content Warning – stillbirth, neonatal death, miscarriage, baby loss “When your baby dies, nobody is ever really prepared for it”. Stillbirth and neonatal death charity Norfolk Sands is part of a UK-wide network of Sands groups. They specialise in later miscarriage (12-24 weeks), stillbirth (24 weeks on), and neonatal death (up to a month after…

Interview, Sport

“You only have to look at the odd clip of [football] before the pandemic and you remember how good it was”: an interview with Norwich City correspondent for The Athletic, Michael Bailey

The landscape of sports journalism has rapidly transformed over the last decade. At the forefront of this change is The Athletic, a subscription-based platform covering sports news from around the world. Founded only five years ago in 2016, the company has quickly expanded to become one of the most reputable sources around, positioning itself as…

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“Like a film noir”: Black Honey’s Izzy B. Phillips talks new album, Quentin Tarantino movies, and the women that inspire her

Izzy B. Phillips is the fierce frontwoman of Black Honey, one of the most unique bands from the UK’s indie scene since their formation in 2014. Following their self-titled debut in 2018, the band is releasing their second album, Written & Directed, on the 19th of March. I had the opportunity to chat with Izzy…


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