New year, new volume of Cinders

Welcome to volume two! This last year has been one of the best experiences all of us who work on Cinders have ever had. It has been so wonderful to watch this magazine become a reality, moving on from a dream that many of us have shared for many years. It gives us so much pleasure to take our little magazine that could from its first issues into our second year.

We’ve had some incredible highlights from issue one, from interviews with the likes of Ashely Clements, Mary Kate Wiles, Deirdre Sullivan, Meg Grehan, Karen Vaughan and Diana Mirza to looking at feminist influences in pop culture. We’ve looked at some of our favorite tv shows, brilliant movies and incredible historical figures with all around feminist and entertaining writer, Grainne Coyne! We also were lucky enough to be finalists in the V by Very Blog awards Ireland in the books and literature category and shortlisted in the Politics category!

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Recommended Reads: Garth Nix, Leigh Bardugo and Truman Capote

First published in issue one of Cinders magazine.

Goldenhand by Garth Nix

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Most of you will probably be too young to remember Sabriel and Lireal by Garth Nix but there are few more kickass, capable heroines around. Sabriel and Lireal are necromancers but instead of raising the dead, they send them back to die proper deaths. The pair return to their adventures after more than ten years in Goldenhand and are all well worth a read. You’ll be battling undead zombies in your head for the rest of the month!

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Favourite fictional feminists: part two

Jane Villeneuva

Jane is the protagonist of the CW’s fantastic Jane the Virgin, a single mother, who is incredibly devoted to her family. The series kicks off with her being ‘accidentally, artificially inseminated’ leading to her unexpected pregnancy. Jane is a wonderful character to watch, optimistic and brave but grounded – she never becomes annoying. Jane is of course supported by a host of strong, brilliant women from her headstrong mother Xiomara, to her level=headed, forthright grandmother Alba. Jane’s decision to remain a virgin at the beginning of the series is unconventional, but she consistently uses her agency to make the decision for herself. She never judges other characters for their sex lives and makes her own decisions about her own. Jane faces multiple obstacles in her life but remains the strong, kind, forthright character we all love.

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Worlds Collide: When Rainbow met Leigh

This article was first published in issue one of Cinders magazine.

Two fantastic YA worlds collided when authors Rainbow Rowell and Leigh Bardugo came together for a fantastic author event in Dublin in October. Méabh McDonnell was delighted to be in the audience for the event, where she was able to bring us the low down on everything that the two authors had to say about writing, diversity and how to write the perfect kiss.

Rainbow Rowell and Leigh Bardugo are two of the biggest names in YA literature right now. If you haven’t heard of them, you need to race out to your nearest library and demand everything they’ve ever written. You won’t be sorry.

I was lucky enough to attend their recent World’s Collide event in Dublin and literally fangirl all over both of them!

The event was originally born out of NY Times bestselling author, Leigh Bardugo’s launch tour for her new novel Crooked Kingdom, the hotly anticipated sequel to Six of Crows, where she – as Dave O’Callaghan, chief children’s buyer for Easons, Dublin put it – wanted to bring a friend.

And what a friend she brought – Rainbow Rowell, author of the heart-soaring (and heart breaking) Eleanor and Park and the wonderful Fangirl to name but a few of her fantastic novels. The two friends came together in a tour that went from London to Dublin, to Edinburgh to Manchester to read, meet and discuss each of their weird and wonderful approaches to writing, the story behind Rainbow’s name, how to write the best love scenes and overcoming writers block. The evening began with the two ladies swanning onto the stage,  explaining how they met, and how Leigh wasn’t expecting to like Rainbow as much as she did.

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Woohoo! Issue three out today!

Welcome To Cinders Issue Three! We hope you enjoy our issue inspired by that addiction of all Ravenclaws at heart – learning and reading. We also delve into Beauty and the Beast, the best studying tips, the psychological explanation of schizophrenia and much, much more!

You’ll be queuing up for new books all month long!

Click here to download the third issue of Cinders Magazine: Bookworms for free!

Or you can read it here online thanks to issuu.com: //e.issuu.com/embed.html#27012103/47379876

Happy reading!

Issue two is coming soon!

Hi Folks, Cinders second issue is ready to go and we are very pleased to announce that it will launch on February 13th, taking inspiration from Parks and Recreation’s Galentines Day celebrations!

So make sure to log on here and celebrate Galentines by reading the newest copy of Cinders. Where we celebrate all of the fantastic ladies of cinema both now – and some a few years old!

We also dive into our Gilmore Girls Revival reactions, read some great new books and celebrate some great YouTube crafters who could show you how to make some great Galentines day gifts!

 

See Cinders Launch here!

Here in Cinders towers we’re knee deep in issue 2 of Cinders magazine – out on February 13th! But as a treat for those of you who were unable to attend the launch we have a video to make it seem as though you were there!

Many thanks to mcdonnellhouse productions for the filming and editing!

Enjoy!

We also have co-editor Grainne Coyne’s speech which she was unable to deliver on the night but are very happy to be able to share it here!

 To say I was delighted when Meabh asked last September if I would like to embark on the amazing magazine that is Cinders is an understatement. The first issue is full of everything a fangirl can dream of as well as poetry, art, mental health and feminism….the list is endless, I am only jealous I didn’t have a copy of Cinders when I was a teenager, but I am glad that young women get to experience Cinders today. I am sorry I can’t be there this evening, but I am so honoured that I get to be a part of the amazing project that is Cinders. I am so happy that I get to help spread a positive message out there for so many young women.  – Grainne Coyne