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Marvelly’s Villainesse media site launching soon

CaptureShe’s been described as a national treasure, has toured internationally with opera star Paul Potts, and her pop music has sped up the charts.  Now gold-album-selling singer/songwriter and EMS graduate Lizzie Marvelly is calling all young creative writers and artists to be part of her ground-breaking new feminist media project, Villainesse.

Marvelly, who has credited her songwriting creativity to her English studies, will graduate in April with a Massey BA in English and Psychology.  Villainesse is her next big challenge.  She says “the basic idea of Villainesse is to create smart, no-filter media for young women aged 16-25”.

She hopes to build a global group of student writers whose work will be published on Villainesse, as well as branching out to include students’ videos, podcasts and other media. Villainesse will also feature the writing of well-known young women columnists and Marvelly is planning to create connections between student writers and established journalists/writers in the field.

She is looking for “smart, articulate, socially conscious students” who would be interested in writing about young women’s issues and perspectives and connecting with like-minded women around the world – and if that sounds like you, now is the time to get your creative work in to Villainesse for the launch in May.

“It’s very much at the start-up stage at the moment and the site won’t launch until May, but I’m putting the call out to writers and collecting articles now,” Marvelly said.

“I’m looking for a mixture of hard news, features, investigative features, opinion pieces, creative non-fiction, and hybrids of those forms. The idea is for writers to write about issues that they’re passionate about (that would be relevant to young women aged 16-25) from their own unique perspectives whilst upholding a code of ethics and aiming for sound and balanced journalism”.

Marvelly, herself just 25 years old, hopes the site “will grow to become a space to foster debate, creativity and, well, girl power”.  She says “For the project to be truly authentic to women in this age group it’s important to have young writers writing for their peers, with some older inspirational figures adding to the dialogue.”

Click through to the Villainesse website below to register your interest, see their page on Facebook, or contact the Villainesse team directly at editor@villainesse.com




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