Meet the Team: Katie Fannin


Katie, 4th year Geography, Lifestyle Editor

Who are you?

Hello! I’m Katie, and I’m a fourth year Geography student. I like hiking, cooking, and talking way too much about my love for the Boyd Orr [Editor’s note: she also loves updating us on Fiona the Hippo’s progress].

What is your role on the team? What do you do?

I am this year’s Lifestyle Editor! Lifestyle is probably the most flexible section of the magazine – we’ve had people write about everything, from sex robots to recipe ideas to problematic veganism. Anything goes, really! My job is to pitch Lifestyle article ideas at our Wednesday meetings, which – not going to lie – are often quite silly!

What is your favourite thing about Glasgow?

My favourite thing about Glasgow would probably be all the beautiful green spaces, both within and outside the city. It’s easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of city life, but a wee day trip to Loch Lomond or even a stroll along Kelvin Walkway does wonders for your stress levels!

How did you get involved with [qmunicate]?

I got involved in my second year, when I had been elected as a Current Student Representative on the [QMU’s] Board of Management. I had been a meeting in first year, but it took me a while to actually start coming to meetings regularly! After writing over the past two years, I decided that I wanted to try something new and applied to be an Editor!

What is your advice to someone wanting to get involved?

My advice would be to just come along to a meeting and see what we’re about! It’s never too late to get involved, so even if you’re in your final year there are still plenty of opportunities to write for us. I would encourage everyone to give it a go – it’s such a fantastic way to practise your writing, and seeing your articles get published in an actual magazine will never not be exciting!

‘Lifestyle’ is a very broad section: what’s your favourite aspect to it?

My favourite aspect of the Lifestyle section would probably be the travel writing. I love hearing about where people have been, whether it’s somewhere close by, like Dublin, or somewhere more exotic, like Thailand! Everyone always has such nuanced thoughts about their trip, as well as great tips for anyone thinking of travelling to the same place.

If you had the team over for dinner, what recipe would you cook?

That’s a very hard question! My favourite recipe to make for big groups would probably be vegan lentil bolognese with copious amounts of garlic bread. It’s perfect for the upcoming, colder months, and I don’t know anyone who doesn’t like bolognese!

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