“Started in the kitchen of a grotty university house; a team wasn’t in the initial plan. But looking around and seeing so many women who are so talented, far more than I am, in their field, I thought: ‘why not create a team of leaders for this collective who love what they do and are keen to change the way women, trans, and non-binary people involve themselves in the arts?’ So here are the strong, incredible creatives who are leading the way…”
Founder and Director
Imogen Brighty-Potts (she/her)
Imy is an MA Journalism student and Philosophy and Politics graduate. She is currently a freelance journalist and copywriter for hire.
Passionate about all things creative art and promoting women’s places in them. Particularly enthusiastic about journalism, scriptwriting and comedy. She wants to make these spheres accessible for women, particularly other queer women. Showing women how they can work together to create stunning projects they can be proud of while also encouraging the conversation about intersectional feminism and sustainability; a classic philosophy student. On a more trivial level, she loves wine, Gilmore Girls and the hit musical: Legally Blonde. Often found curled up in a café drinking too much coffee and asking why the graduate job market is such a mess.
Georgia Hunt (she/her)
Georgia is a lover of media and visual art, particularly photography and film. She has been driven in the direction of creating the media that she loves to consume, and has started taking courses in screenwriting and film. Giving women a platform in the media and encouraging creative collaboration is something she feels is fundamental to media. She can’t wait to get involved with this project because of this. She believes that having a voice is fundamental to the human experience and she wants to work to promote this. The way to her heart is of course social justice, 80s movies, 20th century music and anything sweet.
Leah Quinn (she/her)
Leah Quinn is a London-based writer and publisher. Founder of The Bibliophile Blog and Content Manager for the London branch of the Society of Young Publishers, she has worked with various digital platforms including Within Her Words and Ta Voix Literary Anthology. Leah studied her BA in English Literature with Philosophy Studies at the University of Sussex and is now studying the MA Publishing at City, University of London.
Deputy Editor and Head of Communications
Cassidy Harvard-Davies (she/her)
Cassidy is a first-year Creative Writing PhD student at Lancaster University. She is specialising in gender theory and queer adaptations of Ancient Greek poetry, but in her spare time, she’s really perfecting her house on Sims4. She graduated with a BA in English from the University of Southampton in 2019, and an MA in Creative Writing from Durham University in 2020. She runs her own blog specialising in poetry, book reviews, and articles, and her publications include Peninsula, an anthology compiled by Durham postgraduate students. She enjoys tea, dogs, intersectional feminism, mythology, and books, in that order.
Georgie Holmes (she/her)
Georgie is a third year English student at the University of Southampton with a passion for all things writing, reading and music. Studying literature has led to her love of poetry, and she enjoys writing anything from album reviews to factual pieces concerning social media and politics. If she’s not at a gig, she’s spending her time completing her Goodreads yearly aim. Her main interests lie in music, books and politics.
Shannon Pendleton, Creative Writing Editor (she/her)
Shannon is a final year psychology student at the University of Southampton who loves to write poetry. She has found writing to be an invaluable tool for processing certain emotions or life events, and so through her work she has explored themes such as grief, anxiety and social issues. She started writing around a year ago, so when she heard about The Hysteria Collective, she was excited to join because it gave her a space to put out her work, and inspired her to write more as she read the incredible work from other contributors. It is because of the support of this inclusive community that she has gained the confidence to start developing her own blog, called ‘Knots: Undone’, which will feature the written work she has produced over the last year.
Ruby Wood, News and Politics Editor (she/her)
Ruby is currently studying for a BA in English at the University of Southampton; alongside this, she freelances as a journalist. She loves to write all things politics, opinion, news, and lifestyle with specific interests in mental health and equality. Her interests also include creative writing, live music, and art. She additionally works as a bartender and a perfect night out for her involves lots of cocktails and dancing!
“For me, The Hysteria Collective has been a safe space to express myself and I’m so grateful for this amazing platform – the editorial, ambassador and contributor teams inspire me every day!”
Megan Gaen, Lifestyle and Opinion Editor (she/her)
Megan is a final year BA German and Spanish student at the University of Southampton. During her degree, Megan undertook a year abroad to Germany, where she started writing her own travel blog. Her writing interests stemmed from here with Megan writing opinion, lifestyle, and travel articles for various publications. During the 2020/21 academic year, Megan has been the Lifestyle Editor for Wessex Scene, organising, editing, and publishing content for the Lifestyle section, as well as writing articles for other sections and magazines. She plans to bring these writing and editorial skills to The Hysteria Collective’s Lifestyle and Opinion sections and to help others to express themselves through this platform, in the same The Hysteria Collective helped her find her voice in the first place. You can find her on Twitter @thegaenplan.
Aimee Dyson, Culture and Entertainment Editor (she/her)
Aimee graduated in 2020 with a BA in Creative and Professional Writing from Canterbury Christ Church University. She writes mostly entertainment and poetry pieces, but also enjoys writing about sustainability and the planet. Alongside her writing, Aimee is Social Media Manager for The Insomnia Project podcast. In her free time, she enjoys reading both fiction and non-fiction books with a focus on social issues. Outside of the writing world, Aimee enjoys playing badminton and netball, attending music gigs and learning Italian.
Isabelle Jani Friend (she/her)
Isabelle is a freelance journalist with articles in a number of nationals including The Guardian, The Independent, and VICE. Isabelle wants to help diversify the media and elevate underrepresented voices. As someone with an invisible illness she wants to continue to highlight disability discrimination and fight for an accessible and accommodating society for disabled people. She also campaigns around access to medication and the NHS. When she’s not working she enjoys boxing, seeing musicals, and reading!
Natalie Jayne Clark (she/they)
Natalie is the Shadow Panel and Book Club Co-ordinator for Society for Young Publishers Scotland and is on the editorial board for Spark, a journal for cross-disciplinary postgraduate research. They are a regular spoken word performer and host a monthly open mic event on their Instagram @natajayne. The Hysteria Collective has been such a “welcoming and warm community for them to share their writing in and be a part of”. Natalie runs a book blog with one of their best friends on Instagram @whatnatalieandmiraread and can also be found on Twitter @nataliejayclark.
Amy Britton (she/her)
Amy Britton is a BA History student at The University of York. She is a first-generation scholar wanting to prove that you do not need impressive connections to become successful. In her free time, she loves writing about feminism, today’s culture and her general life experiences. As a pop culture junkie, she can often be found on the sofa binge-watching the latest series and films that are all the rage. She is also a self-certified book nerd and has a particular soft spot for Japanese and Korean literature.
Amelia Yeomans (she/her)
Amelia is a final year Philosophy and English Literature student at the University of Southampton. A lover of all things fashion, she is a devoted lifestyle writer who has covered news and features on topics including racism in high fashion and the consequences of contemporary influencer culture. Previously Features Editor of The Soton Tab and a lifestyle contributor for Wessex Scene, Amelia is now preparing to begin her MA in Magazine Journalism in September 2021.
Sophie Kathleen (she/they)
Sophie Kathleen is a queer Illustrator/Artist currently based in Surrey, UK. Her vibrant and often political work focuses on her passion for feminism, LGBTQIA+ empowerment, and climate justice. Sophie takes inspiration from nature, as well as her interest and studies into holistic health, exploring the human body and taboo tackling subjects. She uses her art as her activism and aims to highlight the need for inclusivity and queer representation in creative/online spaces.
When she’s not making art, you can find Sophie dancing with a hula hoop or running her Etsy shop selling her illustrated/ handmade work. You can see more of her work on Instagram @sophiekathleenn or shop her work on Etsy by searching ‘ConsciousCreationns’.
Sian Hopkins (she/her)
Sian is a final year English Literature student continuing on to a Masters in Magazine Journalism at Cardiff University. She has a passion for art and illustrating as she finds it a great way to deal with anxiety and self expression. When she’s not drawing, Sian can be found with her dance committee planning social events or writing articles for her university newspaper. She also might be recognised from her sexual health awareness charity walk, dressed as genitalia to raise awareness for male cancer and endometriosis. Sian lives for drinking, music and helping others with advice and she can’t wait to join the team at The Hysteria Collective. Find her work on Instagram @moonlanding.illustrations.
Aisling Fitzgerald (she/her)
Aisling is an Irish artist currently based in Kerry. She graduated with a BA in Sculpture and Combined Media from Limerick School of Art and Design in 2018. Her sculptures often combine found objects with her use of embroidery and mapping to explore memories and narrative. Her work has been exhibited at the Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin (2016), Sound and Vision, Limerick (2017), Fever To The Form, Limerick (2017), and ‘Flux’ LSAD Graduate Show (2018).
During the past year she has been creating digital illustrations and designs, exploring the overconsumption of media in today’s society and falling into the nostalgia of the 90’s cartoons she grew up with. Most recently Aisling’s work was featured in this year’s April edition of Spread Zine. Outside of creating art Aisling is a big fan of anything hip hop, yoga, watching documentaries, or falling down a 3am rabbit hole on the internet. You can see more of her work on Instagram @aislingfitz_art.
Lily McDermaid (they/them)
Lil works in the public sector and in their spare time, they do various types of art and crafts – including illustration. Lil graduated from a Law and Psychology degree in 2020. Lil started to engage in disability activism during this degree and has continued this beyond graduation. Lil is looking to use illustration to help encourage awareness and acceptance for LGBTQ+, disabled, and neurodivergent communities through this platform and through their art (@lil_is_illustrating on Instagram).
Our Monthly Columnists
Charlotte Paradise, Disability Columnist (she/her)
Charlotte is a screenwriter, journalist and copywriter with a Master’s in Writing for Stage and Broadcast Media from the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. She has a rare invisible disability and is committed to creating awareness and better media representation for the disabled and the chronically ill community. She’s kickstarting this work with her short film, ‘Chronic’ (@chronicfilm). She’s also a collage artist (@journalinglife) and huge period drama fan (@allaboutadaptations).
Emily Fry, Mental Health Columnist (she/her)
Emily is an English graduate hoping to start an MA in Publishing in Autumn 2022. Over the last six years, Emily has volunteered for/become an ambassador for many notable mental health charities including Time to Change, Solent Mind and the Isle of Wight Youth Trust. She is an extremely passionate advocate for greater mental health awareness and education, and is a firm believer in the power of sharing our stories to help tackle stigma.
Emily has previous experience in student journalism and worked as student blogger during her undergraduate studies. She is currently working as a bookseller and runs a Bookstagram account (@thelibraryofemily) where she chats about her latest reads. Emily is a lover of the arts, a (very) novice gamer, and quite possibly the worst cook in the world.
Melissa Evatt, Environmental Columnist (she/her)
Mel is an MA Science and Environmental Journalism student at the university of Lincoln, and has found her passion for advocating for the protection of the world’s wildlife and the environment. Mel hopes to pursue a career as an environmental lawyer and is aiming to take her environmental activism forward by informing and inspiring Hysteria’s audience!
In her spare time, Mel can either be found exploring the UK’s greatest landmarks such as the Peak or Lake District or in the comfort of her own room painting an animal of some kind, there’s no in-between!
Ffion Nugent, Safe Sex Columnist (she/her)
Ffion is a final year Adult Nursing (BN) student at Cardiff University. She works part-time as a nursing assistant on the acute medical wards. Ffion has also worked with a medical research team at Cardiff University. As a student nurse, she has cared for many people who have expressed their concerns with their sexual health. She believes that sex and relationship (RSE) education in schools, colleges and Universities is suboptimal across the UK. Ffion is qualified to deliver RSE lessons in schools with the student-led charity ‘Sexpression’. Ffion was also the Treasurer for the Sexual Health Awareness Group (@shag_cu on Instagram) and co-hosted the sex positive radio show ‘The Clinic’ with Xpress Radio show in 2021. You will find Ffion deep in a book or on her yoga mat in her spare time!
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