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Gráinne Gillis

Writing about the art of politics, and the politics of art.

Gráinne Gillis is an opera singer and VO artist who blogs about politics. She has been a Huff Post UK contributor since 2012. She also runs an active community on Facebook called The Political Diva.
Take A

Take A Knee

A flag is just a piece of cloth. What it's supposed to represent - an equal playing field for all, justice for all - is not being adhered to and has not been, ever, in the history of the US.
26/09/2017 11:44 BST
In The Shadow Of A

In The Shadow Of A Giant

I was thinking about Sir Peter the other day and did a Google of him - I was sorry to learn he had dementia. I've sung a great deal for dementia sufferers over the last few years, and the thought of that brilliant mind adrift caused me some sadness
13/09/2017 13:05 BST


So now B-day has come - and yes, I am naming it as such phonetically, after the French contraption that blows water up one's arse. Here's my prediction for what will happen...
29/03/2017 11:07 BST
Suits You,

Suits You, Sir!

The bottom line is: something has to change. The government refuses to listen to those who are on the frontline (quelle surprise!), and there is little as a consumer one can do to take action except this...
18/01/2017 15:20 GMT


Today, I have hope. A person who grew up in the countryside of Ireland and yet may have unwittingly met two US Presidents understands that there are more things in heaven and earth than are dreamt of in our philosophy.To paraphrase Harvey Milk, for today, I 'gotta give [myself] Hope'.
08/11/2016 12:11 GMT

Fail Better

So on this very special Easter weekend, my stand on the 1916 commemorations is this: Let's acknowledge the mistakes of the past, learn from them, and let them go. Let's use our failures as stepping stones to achieve the ideals of the 1916 Proclamation...
28/03/2016 15:53 BST
What Happens

What Happens Next?

I'm sure my story is not unique by any stretch of the imagination - it's just that girls' stories don't tend to be allowed to be heard. And as a woman - I've had enough. Not only because I identify more with women's stories, but also because I believe the arts are failing because of the virtual exclusion of the world perspective of half the human race.
17/12/2015 13:48 GMT

The Awakening

With a mere 10% of the female experience originally proposed for such a seminal centenary by the theatre that had as one of its founders the playwright Lady Gregory - well, there's a lot of discussion and constructive action to be had. I'm looking forward to it.
12/11/2015 12:47 GMT
Silencing Through

Silencing Through Space

The fact of the matter is that music history (and Western Art Music history at that - it is one small area of music) is not the only area of history, and wider storytelling as a society where women's endeavours have been cast aside.
25/08/2015 11:47 BST
Tribalism, Blair and

Tribalism, Blair and Corbyn

If a week is a long time in politics, six weeks can be an eternity; but if Corbyn can stay the course, he may well be the outsider who leads his tribe and his country to a better future.
27/07/2015 11:33 BST
Labour's Untimely

Labour's Untimely Demise

What has happened to the Labour party? Once the proud defender of the working classes, it has been steadily showing its true blue colours since it assumed the mantle of the now defunct and destructive 'New Labour' project.
14/07/2015 15:31 BST
The Stories We

The Stories We Tell

Wherever you look women's history and their stories are not given equal value. And this is easiest to see in the realm of drama and theatre, which have at their very basis the art of storytelling.
22/04/2015 12:26 BST