Megan Kenny

Born in Yorkshire and proudly working class, Megan is a PhD researcher and aspiring journalist. She enjoys writing about women's lives, injustice and inequality as well as working class, Northern culture. Her aim is to raise awareness about violence against women, spread her feminist killjoy message and promote Northern voices.

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Articles by Megan

Complex, Heartfelt, a Sickly Noir That Horrifies with Everyday Banality

In the Valley of the Sun by Andy Davidson, published by Contraband, is an eclectic tale described as an “atmospheric, cinematic tale of horror and psychological suspense” from a writer portrayed as the love child of Stephen King and James Lee Burke.

The Absolute Disgrace of Toby Young’s Shameless Sexism

The appointment of TobyJones to the government's new Office for Students shows an unacceptable disregard for the struggles women in academia face. Ask any woman at a university, and she will have a tale of mysogyny. Jones cannot be their champion. He is part of the problem.

Complex and Surreal, Goblin is a Compelling Debut

Following the eponymous Goblin, a raconteur with a somewhat unreliable view of events, Ever Dundas’ tale, published by Saraband Press sees an unconventional heroine struggle to decide between exorcising the ghosts of her past or retreating into the safety of delusion.

A Vivid Collection, Fresh and Unafraid To Challenge

Letters Home by Martyn Bedford, published by Comma Press can be read as a series of standalone works, but each story features characters who have reached points of redefinition, who are trying to exchange their old identities for something fresh. They each recognise that the ‘first step in changing reality is to construct it.’

Male Entitlement, Sexual Violence and the Case of Cyntoia Brown

Aged sixteen, Cyntoia Brown shot and killed 43 year-old Johnny Allen. Despite the evidence of abuse, she was convicted and sentenced to life. Her case, like so many, highlights the systemic inequality faced by survivors of domestic and sexual violence.

#MeToo Has Shown Global Misogyny. #NotAllMen Once Again Makes the Debate About Men

When Lena Durham accused another woman of lying about rape she undid all the good feminists have achieved in dispelling mythology about rape. #MeToo allowed women to shared experience. The backlash in #NotAllMen turn the conversation away from women and onto men.

Radical and Disruptive, The Northern Fiction Alliance Signals Change

Radical and Disruptive, Northern independent publishers including Comma Press, & Other Stories, Dead Ink, Blue Moose, and Peepal Tree Press are joining forces to form the Northern Fiction Alliance and give the London centric publishing monopoly a run for its money.

A Slap in The Face for the Apathetic

A Sucker Punch for those who doubt the power of Mass hysteria, Begat by Felix Culpepper (Richard Major) published by Indie books, is a blackly comic Trump satire exploring the power and danger of social media, anonymity, and populism in the digital age.

Interrogating The Nature Of Citizenship With Immersive Art

Passionate and Thought-Provoking, Patricia Rodríguez and Mercè Ribot of Little Soldier Productions, interrogate the nature of citizenship and belonging and empower the audience into action through immersive art that includes pig costumes, live rock music, and cava with a dash of the Dalai Lama.

Love and Carnage in A Combustible Tour de Force that Explores Female Sexuality and Ultra-Violence

Love and Carnage, Cesar Aria's novella, The Proof published by And Other Stories, explores sexuality and youthful alienation in a punchy, ultra-violent, and uncompromising thrill ride that takes the reader on an adventure through the possibility and punk-filled streets of Buenos Aires.

Heart-breaking and Tender, Maggie Harris Uses Her Powerful Voice to Explore Hidden Experiences

Poet, Maggie Harris provides a powerful feminist commentary on the nature of female sexuality and gives voice to the hidden experience of refugees and migrants in her latest heartbreaking and tender short story collection, Writing on Water, a new release from Seren Books.