Rhiannon J Davies joined CommonSpace in 2018, having previously worked in the Turkish media and as a freelancer for various alternative media outlets. She moved to Scotland in 2016 to study for an MSc in media and international journalism with the Glasgow Media Group. At CommonSpace, Rhiannon focuses on creating video content and finding new ways to tell the stories that matter. Got a video idea? Let her know on firstname.lastname@example.org or find her on Twitter: @RhiannonDavies
Rhiannon J Davies
Govan through a social lens: Project seeks to take photography to world stage
A photography project highlighting community resilience in Govan is seeking funding to take its work to a world community development conference in June
Govan Through a Social Lens – a ‘photographic journal from a socio-spatial wasteland’ by James Holloway, Jean Macfarlane and Frank Frankgate aims to ‘raise awareness around the effects of inequality, and the current austerity measures’.
WATCH: Play written and performed by Syrian refugees in Glasgow
The Trojans is an important new adaptation of Euripides’ great anti-war tragedy, written and performed by Syrian refugees living in Glasgow, now showing at Platform Theatre.
The deeply moving play is the result of nine months of drama workshops with Glasgow-based Syrian refugees. It features powerful and raw performances, their honesty bringing the reality and horrors of war into the Easterhouse theatre.
Campaign to remember 'Glasgow's dirty secret'
The Glasgow Magdalene Institute was home to thousands of young girls, held there between 1812 and 1958, forced to work in the laundry as penance for their sexuality. Now a campaign by the Women’s Support Project is calling for a memorial to Glasgow’s ‘forgotten women’.
Locally it was just known as ‘The Laundry’. Before washing machines became commonplace in homes, clothes were sent there to be cleaned, but no one spoke of the women that worked there, locked up behind the buildings forbidding walls.
The media is dead, long live the media!
As journalists are laid off in both digital and traditional media news rooms, there is a need to reinvent news models. CommonSpace journalist Rhiannon Davies explains how we are seeking to do that in 2019 following our survey responses, some of which she outlines below.
THE past couple of weeks has seen swathes of high profile cuts right across the spectrum of digital media:
WATCH: Will the Clyde run red again - CommonSpace forum
On Thursday 31 January, CommonSpace held our first forum of 2019, discussing the centenary of the Battle of George square and the radical left in Scotland today.
We will be holding forum events at the Kinning Park Complex on the last Thursday of every month. Sign up to our email newsletter for info and let us know if there’s something we should be discussing.
WATCH: Why it's RIGHT to celebrate Red Clydeside
This Thursday 31st January marks 100 years since The Battle of George square, one of the defining moments of Red Clydeside.
In recent times, some have cast doubt on the extent of the radicalism of the movement, but David Jamieson argues that Red Clydeside must be recognised for transforming Glasgow from a stronghold of Empire, to a hotbed of dissent in just a matter of years.
WATCH: Iain Macwhirter interview
In the latest edition of Beyond The Noise LIVE, David Jamieson was joined by political commentator, Iain Macwhirter.
Watch the interview in full here, and join the Beyond The Noise LIVE Facebook event page to be notified of future interviews, when you can have a chance to join the debate.
WATCH: Does democracy demand a general election
Following Theresa May's crushing defeat in the House of Commons, David Jamieson argues that its time to put this government to bed, and let the people decide with a General Election.
**But what do you think? Got something to say on Brexit and what should happen next? Join the debate on our Facebook live show, tomorrow from 7pm:**
WATCH: Striking lecturers on the picket line at Glasgow City College
College lecturers across Scotland are on strike today calling for a "fair" cost-of-living pay rise.
CommonSpace visited the picket line at the City of Glasgow college to speak to striking workers about their motives and their responses to what Colleges Scotland have called a 'generous' offer.
Older people and mental health: Is 'tackling loneliness' enough?
CommonSpace journalist Rhiannon J Davies takes a look at older people and mental health issues, a conversation that is often forgotten.
“IT’S the loneliness,” says Mandy, 62, based in Clydesdale. “When you’re in a room on your own and you sit and start to think ‘why bother washing the dishes; who’s going to see it? Why wash my hair today – it can wait another couple of days yet.”