Rachel is a writer whose work has appeared on i-D, The Guardian, Broadly, Fusion and more. She also works as a freelance editor and translator, and dabbles in film photography in her spare time.
We ask the emerging artist, born in Zambia and based in Sydney, who she’s paying attention to in music right now.
Sampa The Great is bringing the soul back to Aussie hip-hop. She approaches music making with an energy and creativity that results in a refre...
‘And If the Hare Was Made of Myths Then so Too Was the Land at which She Scratched: A Review of Fiona Mozley’s “Elmet”’ by Rachel Wilson
When we were still young children, my brother and I spent our holidays in Yorkshire, where my parents would rent a holiday cottage and take us on long walks in the countryside. As most childhood memories are, my recollections of the time are hazy, fail to take shape, devoid of characters other than my immediate family. Specific events are hard to recall but the atmosphere and the feeling lingers still. Though we would have been on summer holidays, Yorkshire comes back to me as a dark, dank an...
The real life affair of writer Marguerite Duras in 1930s French Indochina (former Vietnam) challenged gender, social and racial stereotypes. Nearly a century later, Rachel Wilson revisits this transgressive yet ever-intoxicating relationship in Duras's award-winning novel, "The Lover".
The Story of Jane: the women who started an illegal abortion service
How to deal with your quarter-life crisis.
i-D UK | With the rise of social media and the opportunity it affords young stars to control their own narratives, the passive It Girl has given way to a new generation, who don't need profiles in the New Yorker to do the talking for them, because they're doing it themselves.
In the 1970s, Chicago's Jane Collective helped women get safe abortions when the procedure was still illegal. Do we need a service like this today? We spoke to two former Janes.
The rappers may have resolved their very public war of words, but the exchange raised difficult questions over Kanye's view of women.
Iris Apfel is all expanse. This is the lesson taught by the 2015 documentary—directed by the late and legendary Albert Maysles—that bears her name. When Apfel gets dressed, she's staking her claim to space and using her dress as a subversive, audacious statement on female territory.
The problem is, it’s not very exciting – and exciting was something of Bowie’s speciality. The man deserves a dignified farewell, not an ugly chimera of performers whose only link to him is a monarch and an English accent.
If you’ve never had the pleasure of hearing Bec Rigby’s voice before, you’re in for a treat. The Harpoons specialise in a modern sounding R’n’B style, taken to new heights with Rigby’s distinct vibrato. “Ready For Your Love” shows off The Harpoons at their best with calypso drums and feel-good vibes.
I’d almost forgotten how much stage banter can improve a band’s performance until Loose Tooth took to the stage at Banalarama’s season finale of ABABCd. There was a particularly well-timed anecdote about drummer Etta’s three way kiss. Don’t ask me to repeat the details, just know the onstage charm somehow made their garage-pop all the more danceable and memorable (no mean feat when you’ve got the opening slot on a line-up of some of the city’s most beloved bands).
On Saturday night at Rose Quartz Festival, I found myself staring up at the galaxy-clad sky. The glow of bright stars and clusters of smaller, weaker stars swirled around the deep blackness above. It was beautiful. I get why star-gazers do it. But instead of the tranquil surrounds of a silent, still night, all around me there were people shimmying and stumbling while a doof worm wrapped itself around my frontal lobe and pulsed in 4/4 time.
Banalarama is a strange beast. Formed by Zac Bradtke and Nick Clarke, the emerging Melbourne 'TV' channel has an odd brood of series nestled under its wing. Among these is ABABCd, a music show that sees the duo putting on gigs, filming the whole thing and then editing it down into 20-minute episodes that are then released online.