Kirsty, 3rd year English Literature and History, Arts and Culture Editor
Who are you?
I’m Kirsty. I am a third year studying English Lit and History. My background is a bit confusing: my mum is German, dad is Scottish, and I grew up in Germany but went to an International School there. Have fun trying to place my accent! I also play basketball for the university and enjoy reading a lot in my spare time, and whenever possible I like to travel.
What is you role on the team? What do you do?
As the Arts and Culture editor, my responsibility is to seek out the most interesting performances happening in Glasgow and organise press tickets for you. I also look out for exhibitions happening in the city and get coverage for them. Then I pitch these to you and hope somebody is interested! Once you have seen and reviewed the show, I will look over what you have written and before sending it to get published, either online or in the next issue!
What is your favourite thing about Glasgow?
I will not be the first to tell you that it is the people of Glasgow who make it such a special place. But to me, that cliché touches on an absolute truth. The unique atmosphere makes it feel like home and that comes down to the people who inhabit it. I love wandering down the streets and people watching; not in a creepy way, but in a way that celebrates the immense diversity, tolerance and joy that shapes this city. It feels as if people care; it feels like people find joy in expressing and sharing their own identities; it feels like you are a part of this wonderful hodgepodge of people.
How did you get involved with [qmunicate]?
I got involved in the Spring of my first year at university. I had never heard of it before, and then one of my friends told me about what she was doing. Her description of the funny, friendly, welcoming atmosphere got me intrigued. After the first meeting, I never stopped going: lo and behold, I am now in my third year and have the honour of being an editor!
What is your advice to someone wanting to get involved?
DON’T WORRY! DON’T BE NERVOUS! So many people question their abilities but you don’t have to. The fun in [qmunicate] is that it is open, friendly and supportive. Differing opinions are not just tolerated, but encouraged. Nobody will judge you on your writing: rather, our job as editors is to help you along and give you the confidence you need to excel. And most importantly, we are all kind people who will understand your concerns and are here and happy to support you in any way we can. Feel free to ask questions, start a debate, or make a joke. Likewise, don’t feel any pressure to contribute if you don’t yet feel ready. Do whatever feels right, and soon enough you’ll feel a part of the team.
What do you think of the arts and culture scene in Glasgow?
I absolutely love it. I come from a German city known for its culture, but it couldn’t be more different from the Glaswegian scene. Whilst my home city is known for its high culture, which often seemed inaccessible to me, the art produced in Glasgow seems made by and for the people. It challenges our view of the world, makes you see things in a new light and from different perspectives, and most importantly it engages in the important topics of the day. It doesn’t shrink away from criticism, but at the same time it celebrates the beauty that can be found in it. The best part about it is that it’s experimental. Artists choose whatever means they find most pertinent and explore new methods to achieve profound impacts on their viewers. In this way, I truly believe there is something for everybody in this city, in terms of both representation and enjoyment.
If you could only go to one event in the next year, what would it be?
That is an incredibly difficult question to ask. I would probably choose to go to the Scottish Ballet’s performance of Stravinsky. I suppose that the sheer athleticism, composure and elegance of the dancers is so aside from anything I could ever do, that I want to see it live and achieved by others more capable!
[Image Credits: Aike Jansen]