Katie Beswick

Writer and academic

Katie Beswick is a writer and academic from London. She researches theatre and politics, and theatre in urban spaces and has published numerous chapters and articles on her academic research. Her popular, autobiographical blog, Reasons to Be Single (http://glitterforgrownups.wordpress.com) won the 2013 Cosmopolitian Blog Award in the Best Sex and Relationships Category.

She drinks whisky on the rocks and occasionally practices yoga.
In Defence of 'Lazy' British

In Defence of 'Lazy' British Universities

On Saturday, Dr Anthony Seldon, Master of the elite UK independent school Wellington College and newly appointed Vice Chancellor of Britain's first independent university, the University of Buckingham, accused British Universities of laziness.
24/06/2015 16:16 BST
Artists are Doing it for

Artists are Doing it for Themselves

Just five days after its Kickstarter launch his first project, a short film called ANNA, has raised more than half the funds needed for production
10/06/2015 16:59 BST
We Cannot Fall Silent on the Issue of Government Child

We Cannot Fall Silent on the Issue of Government Child Abuse

We should all be angry. We should all be taking to the streets, chucking washable paint over public memorials. Whatever side of the political divide we fall on we cannot let the endemic abuse of children go without a proper public outcry.
13/05/2015 10:07 BST
Heterosexual Married Men: A Redundant

Heterosexual Married Men: A Redundant Species

Let me make this quite clear to those married men who might be reading: when we're all dolled up, out on the tiles with our cleavage packaged alluringly in satin, clutching an expensive cocktail in our newly manicured paws, we do not want to talk to you.
10/03/2015 10:54 GMT
Council Estate Creativity: SPID Theatre

Council Estate Creativity: SPID Theatre Company

SPID's latest performance <em>Arthur's World</em>, took the council estate to the attic space of the Bush Theatre. It was staged in an 'immersive' environment, meaning the audience were invited inside the fictional world of the play; character Arthur's council estate flat.
03/03/2015 15:37 GMT
The Perils of the Internet: When Strangers Call You

The Perils of the Internet: When Strangers Call You Out

Every internet addict, every fledgling journalist, every blogger, every tweeter, every newspaper comment-leaver will know what it's like to be told they're wrong, in one way or another, in no uncertain terms, by someone whose personality they've only experienced digitally.
22/01/2015 13:09 GMT
You're Not Marilyn Monroe,

You're Not Marilyn Monroe, Babe

The internet is awash with hazy black and white pictures of Maz looking smoking, with 'if you can't handle me at my worst, you don't deserve me at my best' printed over her beautiful face in a cursive font. They're always posted by single women. And I want to take this opportunity to say to those single women, stop it. Stop it now.
21/11/2014 11:48 GMT
The Art of

The Art of Shame

Shame Chorus will be a live concert event performed at the Freud Museum, and a range of other venues in London and across the UK in 2015. Documentary footage created throughout the project will also form a touring video installation, the Shame Chorus songs will be available to buy as downloads...
14/11/2014 11:46 GMT
The Silver Lining: Single Life, Kittens and Unrequited

The Silver Lining: Single Life, Kittens and Unrequited Love

I fucking hate cats, usually. Like men, they're either ugly, good-looking but dumb to the point of irrelevance, or else transparently cunning. And, also like men, they do that thing where they treat you with indifference, until you withdraw your affections, and then they're all over you like salt on chips.
24/07/2014 11:49 BST
We Need to Talk About Rape More

We Need to Talk About Rape More Calmly

Nothing will get better, for men or for women, unless we can talk about rape more calmly; unless we can accept and marry into our language the fact that rape is both grotesque and horrific, banal and workaday; unless we can understand that rape isn't always the worst thing you can do, isn't always the worst thing that can happen to you - but that sometimes, it is. Rape, like life, is complicated, and we need ways to talk about that.
18/07/2014 16:18 BST
How PR Ruined My Life, and Yours Too,

How PR Ruined My Life, and Yours Too, Probably

Everything's a marketing opportunity. Our existence is only a chance to prove how brilliant we are, and to congratulate our mates for their brilliance too... The fact is, the more we PR our lives online, the more isolated we become. With every 'Ibiza. Done' status update we move further and further away from meaningful relationships with our families, friends and lovers.
14/07/2014 17:18 BST