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Leeanne Boulton

Financial marketer, freelance writer, women's rights campaigner

Financial marketer, freelance writer, women's rights campaigner and regional manager for Oxfam's Oxjam Music Festival.

An Open Letter to the Muslim Community

I implore the people of the UK to unite in solidarity with the Muslim community and not let the racists and terrorists divide us. In the meantime, to the Muslim community, please accept my apologies. I am sorry.
20/11/2015 12:17 GMT

Duran Duran Lend Support to Fan-Led Music Campaign Following Paris Attacks

A social media campaign has been launched to get Eagles of Death Metal's cover of Duran Duran's Save a Prayer to Number 1 in the UK charts. Just a few weeks previously both bands had performed the track together on TFI Friday. Organisers say they aim to show solidarity against terrorism, support all affected in France and across the world, and highlight the will for peace.
18/11/2015 13:55 GMT

UK Judicial System Fails Transgender Female Inmate

Imagine a society in which a 26 year old transgender female, who has lived her whole entire life as a woman, and undergone 6 years of gender reconstructive surgery to finally feel emotionally content in her own skin, committed a minor crime, and was sent to one of the countries toughest prisons to serve her 12 week sentence. Sounds barbaric, doesn't it? Wouldn't happen in the UK? Well unfortunately that's not the case.
28/10/2015 15:29 GMT

How to Successfully Navigate Student Finance

If you find your money is draining away too quickly, you could consider getting a job. There will be plenty of employers looking for workers to cover shifts in pubs, cafes and shops at the start of the new academic year.
02/09/2015 09:52 BST

Top Tips for 'Aspiring' Writers

So, in a rare moment of feeling that I might - just might - have a valid contribution that helps my fellow writers, here's my tuppence-worth on how to be a better writer...
26/08/2015 15:12 BST

The Breakfast Myth and Other Modern Approaches to Diet and Exercise

Go for a run, go to a class or join the gym. Aside from the obvious exercise benefits and the feel good factor (no, really, those endorphin things work), it removes the threat of the fridge for a few hours. It's also harder to give up when other people can see you.
20/08/2015 09:34 BST

Is Contentment an Inside Job? How to Successfully Navigate Divorce

This discontentment may take the shape of anger, resentment or even rage or, on the other side of emotional scale, be experienced in the form of sadness, despair or depression. It's important to acknowledge that these feelings are normal, and most importantly temporary.
14/08/2015 12:16 BST

'Make Do and Mend' - Just Another Trend?

Not only does making good and mend - refashioning what's already in existence - fulfil us creatively, it's also economically, socially and environmentally beneficial... It is certainly far more eco-friendly on a many number of levels, to give your existing wardrobe a bespoke makeover than to commit to the bin or charity shop without a second thought.
12/08/2015 17:47 BST

D is for Diversity?

While it appears that 2015 in many respects, has been a positive year, we still have a huge way to go in the battle for equality regardless of race, religion, skin colour, gender, sexual identity and social class.
10/08/2015 09:26 BST

Something in the Air?

Like everyone else, I've had bouts of the blues in the past. I've lost people I've loved, I've not got that job I really wanted, I've been unsettled and unsure of myself, but yanno, mostly I've been pretty darned happy with the odd little blip on my emotional landscape.
06/08/2015 16:18 BST

Things I Wish I'd Known About Money in My Twenties

In the last year of my twenties, the recession hit at the same time as I took a marketing position in the financial services sector. It made me realise that living in financial airy fairy land is not conducive to a healthy, happy life. My thirties have been spent trying to undo the damage I did the decade before.
08/06/2015 20:08 BST

I Want It All, and I Want It Now

I don't have time to exercise. I've got fat. I'm constantly wired from mainlining diet coke instead of lunch. My phone beeps constantly from the SIX Twitter accounts, four Facebook accounts, instagram and pinterest accounts that I manage from the iphone I'm enslaved to.
29/04/2015 12:58 BST

It's on Us?

There's no getting away from the fact that we are living in an increasingly material world.
22/04/2015 10:59 BST

In New Scottish Music We Trust

Each year, Creative Scotland - a public body that supports the arts and creative industries in Scotland - selects the best in Scottish new music to perform in front of the American music industry. The Showcasing Scotland events at SXSW are some of the most anticipated shows of the entire week at the festival. And looking at this year's line up, it's easy to see why.
27/03/2015 15:39 GMT

Living Below the Line: Day Two

Today is Day 2 of Living below the line. Yesterday's food came in at an astounding 61p, which I can't quite believe is possible...
02/07/2014 12:52 BST

Living Below the Line

Myself and my regional team are joining thousands of people across the world by taking part in the Live Below the Line Challenge. For 5 days, we will be living on £1 a day for food and drink, with the aim of raising funds for Oxfam, to help improve the lives of the world's poorest, at home and abroad...
30/06/2014 11:49 BST

Starting a Family? Start Saving Soon

Whilst undoubtedly a bundle of joy, babies also require a bundle of cash. Common purchases before the arrival of a baby include a buggy, car seat and clothes which cost expectant parents an average of £2,700 before their child's first birthday.
01/12/2011 22:17 GMT