The Rattlecap

Making activism and radical thought central and accessible.


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  • The Rattlecap Semester Two Membership£2.00

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Rattlecap: n. A unsteady, volatile person; a madcap: generally said of a girl.


The Rattlecap is the University of Edinburgh's radical, left-leaning online publication. The Rattlecap was created in 2018 by a group of University of Edinburgh students who wanted to create a space where activism and radical thought were central and accessible. 


We post monthly-ish issues, centered around a chosen theme, bringing together creative writing, politics, history, education, art, and advocacy. We value voices that are underrepresented in today’s narratives; perspectives which examine, challenge, and radically reimagine the society that we live in.


We host regular writer's meetings, socials, and potlucks - and we are a welcoming activist community to go to any protest or event with :)


Anyone can write, edit, and illustrate for us - just get in touch!


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Arts and Culture Editor
Hannah Rothmann
Isi Williams
Creative Writing Editor
Gabriel Levine Brislin
Molly Maclean
Current Affairs Editor
Rob Bazaral
Rufus Pickles
Freshers' Rep
Benjamin Duncan
Graphic and Web Designer
Justine White
History, Philosophy, and Education Editor
Tara Gold
Val Pyataev
Illustration Coordinator
Josephine Berry
Polly Burnay
Literature Editor
Ali Gavin
Rhiannon Williams
Isabelle Gius
Phoebe McGowan
Rattlerood Editor
Max Hunter
Anushka Kumar
Senior Writer
Paula Lacey
Annabel Wilde
Social Media Coordinator
Isi Williams
Social Secretary
Lorna Hastings
Anushka Joglekar