Candid Orange began in early 2020 as a project between friends wanting to create a platform on which they could write about the topics they wanted to cover. Journalism, media and the arts is too often based on who you know rather than what you know. So, in creating our own magazine, we want to showcase anyone and everyone’s work, regardless of your network.

Scroll below to meet our lovely team and get involved!

Editorial team

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Amy Cartledge

Editor in Chief and Segments Editor

Amy, a Modern Foreign Languages student at the University of Bristol, is currently in her final year. Having specialised in gender studies, as well as French and Hispanic cultural production, Amy is excited to combine these two disciplines into her work at Candid Orange.

Interested in politics and world news, she hopes to engage everyone in events occurring around the world, not only in the UK. She is very excited to embark on this project with some of her best friends.

Twitter @A_Cartledge

Read Amy’s articles here

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Maisie Law

Opinion Editor and Admin Coordinator (she/her)

Our Opinions editor, Maisie, wants to hear all of your candid opinions. With her background studying Law and English Literature, she is best when debating her opinion. Enjoying the artistic as well as the legal and political, Maisie is keen to combine these disciplines with her love of writing.

Maisie is currently studying her LLM at BPP. With a history in legal and sustainability focussed publications, Maisie is excited to be sharing this new venture with some of her closest friends.

Read Maisie’s articles here

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Isabel Armitage

Literature & Arts Editor, Lifestyle Editor and Graphics Coordinator (she/her)

Izzie is a third year English Literature student at the University of Manchester. Currently heading into her third year of study, Izzie enjoys poetry and performance, both in and outside of her degree. She is engaged in the artistic world of Manchester and beyond, and she particular enjoys creating abstract pieces.

Ever passionate about taking part and creating new projects, Izzie is looking forward to discover the contributions that you want to see showcased on our platform.

Twitter @armitage_isabel

Read Isabel’s articles here

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Sophia Metcalfe

Music, Film & TV Editor (she/her)

Our Music, Film and TV editor, Sophia, is about to embark on her Masters in Music Production, Technology and Innovation at Berklee College of Music. From her studies, she has gained a great respect for the the creative industries and is looking forward to reading all your thoughts on how music, film and TV have shaped our lives.

In her university setting, Sophia has specialised in gender relations and female sexuality and is looking forward to applying this is all aspects of her work. Sophia is usually found in a dark studio room or the sky.

Instagram @fia_metcalfe

Read Sophia’s articles here

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Valentina Ferraro

Current Affairs Editor (she/her)

Valentina is a Political Science student at the University of Buenos Aires, Argentina. She has a keen interest in politics, international relations and environmental sustainability. With her work for Candid Orange, Valentina seeks to bring light to events from all around the world, particularly those not featured on mainstream media.

Twitter @valenferraro6

Read Valentina’s articles here

Toryn Whitehead

Science & Environment Editor (he/him)

Our Science & Environment editor, Toryn, is undertaking his Masters in International Development, specialising in the environment and climate change. Having studied Chemistry at undergraduate, he is interested in combining his love of science and environmental issues with the arts. 

Toryn aims to bring the Science & Environment section to life by integrating science with a variety of different artistic mediums. Hoping to showcase the true awesomeness of science and nature in a new way. 

See Toryn’s blog here

Haeun (Michelle) Jeon

Lifestyle Editor (she/her)

Haeun is a 20-year old (22 in Korean age but we don’t talk about that) Marketing major born and based in South Korea. She spends much of her free time, mostly in a caffeine-fueled daze, dabbling in art, music, and fashion curation with strong influences of both the East and West.

Most of the time she’s seen cafe-hopping with a book in her hand, scavenging local flea market to find hidden gems, or writing her own editorial pieces on happenings within East Asia and beyond.

Sub editors

Alice O’Connell

Opinion sub editor

Alice is entering her second year of studying English Language at The University of Manchester, her interests lying in the cognitive side of linguistics and the relationship between language and psychology. She hopes to use this platform to write and publish pieces concerning drug policy reform as this is where I want to pursue a career after my degree.

Alice looks forward to hearing new perspectives from the articles she edits and is excited to open her mind to a diverse range of opinions and ideas from contributors.

Twitter @aiice_473

Read Alice’s articles here

Caitlin Thomson

Opinion sub editor

A recent graduate, Caitlin studied English Literature at the University of Bristol. She specialised in gender and race criticism, analysing creative works through a historical and sociological lens. In her free time she blogs, reads and does pole fitness. Caitlin is thrilled to join the team and hopes to edit some fascinating, unflinching opinion pieces.

Twitter @halfaxaaf

Read Caitlin’s articles here

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Chloe Francis

Literature & Arts sub editor

Chloe is a recent English graduate embarking on a Master’s in Publishing Media at Oxford Brookes. She enjoys reading and writing a variety of poetry and prose, and looks forward to reading your creative pieces and articles, as well as discovering new writers’ and artists’ work.

Instagram @chloe.francis.writes

Lauren Greenan

Current Affairs sub editor

Lauren is a recent graduate of the University of Bristol with a degree in mathematics. She is keen to take her combined love of writing and numbers past algebra, into the world of data journalism and beyond. In her spare time she can be found listening to the new Glass Animals album on repeat.

Twitter @GreenanLauren

Read Lauren’s articles here

Mischa Alexander

Music, Film & TV sub editor

Fresh from a degree in Theatre & Performance Studies at Warwick University, Mischa has a fascination with creative ideas, artistic expression, and how they intersect with politics and culture.

Exploring contentious contemporary issues, whilst watching some really interesting stuff, Mischa looks to use art to inspire interest in the outside world.

Twitter @alex_mischa42

Read Mischa’s articles here

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Sheryl Lau

Literature & Arts sub editor

After recently graduating from the University of Bristol, studying Film and English, Sheryl is soon be starting a Masters in Digital Marketing at Kings College London. With a keen interest in all things art and a sharp focus on sustainability and fashion, she hopes to show her passion for these topics keep like-minded individuals informed.

Regular contributors

Alice Eaves

Alice is a Drama and English Literature graduate from the University of Manchester. She will be spending this year at Blackpool School of Art before embarking on master’s study in Creative Writing. She is really looking forward to being part of the Candid Orange team and sharing her outlook on the world with you all!

Read Alice’s articles here

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Anna Hardy

Anna is a first year Fashion Art Direction student at the Manchester School of Art and an aspiring fashion journalist. After studying English Literature at GCSE and A-level, she realised her love for writing, and is hoping to continue this passion throughout her career. Alongside her university studies, she enjoys doing digital art and oil paintings.

Twitter @anna030401

Read Anna’s articles here

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Danny Hilton

Danny is a final year History & Politics student at the University of Sheffield. Ditching his historical academic focuses, Danny likes to escapes down the rabbit-hole of music, film and TV. During his year abroad in Berlin, he spent a lot time, (and a lot of his Erasmus grant) at gigs and watching films at the local Kino.

Now back in Sheffield, he is excited to join the team and offer his insights as a regular contributor at Candid Orange.

Read Danny’s articles here.

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Dara Coker

Dara Coker is a recent graduate of Sociology from the University of Manchester. She largely (but non-exhaustively) writes cultural commentary, focusing on how film, music and TV translate in our digital space. She also maintains a blog named A Space to Exhale.

Twitter @dara_coker

Read Dara’s articles here

Emma Miller

Emma has recently graduated from the University of Dundee with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. She is a keen feminist and sexual health advocate — having focused her second year studies around sexual health inequalities for women in healthcare. Emma hopes to highlight issues surrounding sexual health & relationships in a fun but informative way.

When outside of the hospital setting, Emma enjoys writing poetry, hiking and exploring places she’ll most definitely get lost in. She is looking forward to working with the CO team and readers to create helpful & insightful content.

Instagram @wordsby_ems

Read Emma’s articles here

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Georgia More

Georgia is an English and Creative Writing student about to enter her third year at the University of Lincoln. She enjoys writing articles, opinion pieces and short films, mainly focused around social and political topics that she is passionate about.

Georgia can most often be found with coffee in hand, re-watching classic tv shows and films.

Twitter @georgialily26

Read Georgia’s articles here

Hannah Steiner

Hannah is in her final year as a French, Spanish, and Italian student at the University of Bristol. As a big foodie, she loves experimenting in the kitchen with Asian-inspired vegan recipes and hunting down the best nosh joints.

She is also passionate about moving towards a greener lifestyle. She is excited to explore food-related sustainability (on a student budget!) through Candid Orange.  

Instagram @hannah.eats.things

Read Hannah’s articles here

Lily Chappell

Mummy Lentil loves spending time cooking for her family and friends and creating recipes that take inspiration from cuisine from all over the world. She wants to provide a series of tasty and flexible vegan recipes, suggesting ways in which readers could mix and match ingredients and meals, to help them feel more confident cooking delicious vegan food at home.

Instagram @mummylentil

Read Mummy Lentil’s recipes here

Lindsay Wong

Hailing from New York, Tokyo and Singapore (it’s complicated), Lindsay (@flimsyylindsayy) is a history and Asian studies double major who has a passion for words and elevating marginalised voices. Coming from an international background, she believes that educating people on issues from around the world will help to bridge the gap between cultures.

Her favourite topics to write about fall under entertainment, social issues and current affairs. In her free time, she enjoys fangirling about K-pop, watching anime, and drinking bubble tea.

Instagram @flimsyylindsayy

Read Lindsay’s articles here

Maya George

Maya is an apprentice journalist at The Bournemouth Daily Echo. She has always had a passion for telling stories, whether that be ones from her own imagination or stories she feels should be heard. After living on a tiny island in the Channel Islands for over 14 years, Maya is keen to explore her writing further and listen to and tell stories from across the UK and even the world.

Maya enjoys reading and writing poetry, prose and opinion pieces. In her spare time, Maya enjoys rewatching the Harry Potter movies and reading 4 books at once.

Twitter @_mayadais

Read Maya’s article here

Nina Partridge

Nina is a third year English Literature student at the University of Manchester, primarily focussed on contributing Opinion pieces to Candid Orange. She has experience editing and critiquing written works, in and out of her degree and loves picking apart literary, musical and political pieces (especially controversial ones).

Wherever there is a bit of social commentary to be had, Nina will be there, ready with her laptop, to give the right opinion.

Twitter @ninaa_partridge

Read Nina’s articles here

Ruth Stewart

Ruth is an illustrator, maker & creator living in Bristol. She spends most of her time making art but started pursuing writing during lockdown. Ruth firmly believes in honest, candid communication — as far as she is concerned, no topic should be off-limits.

When she’s not drawing or writing, Ruth loves dancing, reading graphic novels and voraciously consuming movies so she’s excited to share her thoughts on all things creative!

Instagram @ruthdrawsthings

Read Ruth’s articles here

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Sima Aykin

Sima is a second year Sociology student at the University of Manchester. She is mainly interested in sustainability, social media, self-development and data analysis. She hopes to create awareness on living more sustainably.

In her spare time, she loves to spend time at coffee shops and read books. As a blogger, she is passionate about writing and creating content on social media.

Twitter @sima_aykin

Read Sima’s articles here

Business team

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Amelia Smith

Marketing consultant

Amelia is a final year marketing student at Manchester Metropolitan University. Fresh from her study abroad in Barcelona, Amelia now has a new found passion for travel and exploring new cultures. As the marketing consult, Amelia is excited to bring all her insights from the business and marketing world to support the candid orange team.

Read Amelia’s article here.

Find Amelia on LinkedIn here.


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Abigail Takahashi

Abigail has her Politics degree from Whitman College, where she also edited illustrations for the school paper. She lives in Seattle, Washington, and likes to keep an eye on Seattle theatre, local crafts, and movements for equity in the arts. She spends most of her time with a coffee, pen, and laptop making semidigital artwork.

You can find more of Abigail’s work on Instagram



Amber is a student studying Engineering who hopes to gain a masters in Renewable Energy (expected graduation 2022). As an illustrator for Candid Orange she hopes to use satirical and thought-provoking illustrations to enhance readers engagement with articles. Also acting as Illustrations Co-Editor of Palatinate and Indigo (Durham student newspaper and lifestyle magazine), she loves engaging with topical content through art.

You can find more of Amber’s work on Instagram and at her website

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Bersun Kılınç

Bersun is a Bachelor of Art Student with an International Media and Communication degree. She studies at the University of Nottingham and currently lives in Ankara, Turkey. She has experience as art director at Impact, the University of Nottingham’s student-led magazine, and currently is working as a freelance artist. She has an interest in photographing everyday life.

You can access her photos here.

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Katherine Marriott

Katherine is a Graphic Design graduate from Camberwell College of Art (UAL), with recent experience designing children’s books at Dorling Kindersley, which reintroduced her passion for illustration. Editorially and conceptually driven in her approach to design, Katherine is excited to continue her career in publishing both online and in print. 

You can find more of Katherine’s work on Instagram and at her website


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Nahal Sheikh

Nahal is a journalist and illustrator completing an MA programme in New Media & Digital Culture at University of Amsterdam. Interested in South Asian narratives, culture, digitalisation and social change, she covers different stories in her writing and experimental digital collages. 

You can find more of Nahal’s work on Instagram and at her website


Sophie Williamson

Sophie is a recent graduate of Illustration with Animation from Manchester School of Art. Whilst most of her current work is surrealist illustrations, she also has a keen interest in environmental and social issues. She makes, animates and illustrates her ideas around the well being of people, animals and our natural world.

She specialises in illustration, animation and making; using these as tools of escapism but also to express injustice and send messages she believes to be important.

You can find more of Sophie’s work on Instagram and at her website


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