New Feature: Grass Roots Campainers Fight for Royal Park Primary, Leeds

In our latest feature Heather Kennedy (who wrote about Alesha Dixon’s modern day Cinderella story for us back in November) writes passionately about the sad demise of a Leeds school whilst local residents fight for its resurrection as a community centre.

As an ex-Leeds dweller myself, I was particularly interested to hear about this battle over the familiar landmark of Royal Park Primary School… whilst, on a wider scale, I think Heather’s piece speaks volumes about community action wherever it might take place.

Read the full article here.

By: Sarah Barnes, 13.02.2010 | Comments (0)
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New Uplift Contributor – Heather Kennedy

Please welcome new Uplift contributor Heather Kennedy, whose recent feature examines Alesha Dixon’s modern day Cinderella story to discover how reality television remoulded a fresh, British garage MC into a prime-time personality and pop princess…

Over to you, Heather!

Heather Kennedy

“I’m Heather Karen Kennedy, 26 and resident of sunny Leeds. I’m perpetually divided by the two opposing sides of my nature; introspective bookworm and bolshy loud mouth. My attempts to reconcile these have lead me to a life of support worker with the homeless by day, writer by night. So far I’m striking a reasonable equilibrium.

Other than Uplift, I sprinkle my writing across various websites including Pop Sense, Pop Matters and Loserville. I am currently contributing to the revamp of Women’s Views of News, an online news service for women. We plan to have the new site up and running by early next year.

Much of my free time at the moment is spent trying to save a local school from dereliction. Breaking their promise that the space would be turned into a much needed community centre, the council have allowed it to fall into ruin with the hope of selling it off for property development. A group of local people have taken up residence in the building and have begun carrying out the repairs themselves and giving the building back to the community.

I’m really proud to be writing for the all new Uplift and am looking forward to hearing all your intelligent thoughts and opinions.”

So, you’ve met the author…now read the article! Alesha Dixon; How We Came To Love Again

By: Sarah Barnes, 21.11.2009 | Comments (1)
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New Feature – Alesha Dixon; How We Came To Love Again

Alesha Dixon's Cinderella Story

As Alesha Dixon’s new single ‘To Love Again’ is released, Heather Kennedy examines Dixon’s modern day Cinderella story to discover how reality television remoulded a fresh, British garage MC to prime-time personality and pop princess;

As the embers cool from her Strictly Come Dancing backlash, Alesha Dixon is fast on her way to becoming a national hero. Her recent appearance on Fearne And… cemented our allegiance to Team Alesha. She exhibited an unassuming warmth which shines like gold dust in the pinched and neurotic world of celebrity. But if you’re hoping to find any of this inviolable charm in her new single To Love Again, it’ll be a quest in vain. The single, released today (Sunday 15th of November) is likely to do well, given its timely arrival at a point when our affection for Alesha is undergoing such an ascendance. And it’s in spite of this affection that I find grounds for lament; I’m of course talking about her transition from plucky garage MC, backbone of Mis Teeq to pedlar of the musically mundane.

Read the full article here.

(Illustration by Sarah Barnes)

By: Sarah Barnes, 15.11.2009 | Comments (0)
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