RAMONA WORKSHOPS: PERIOD WITCHES

Zadie McCracken is a sixteen-year-old Melbourne-based writer, fond of cats, books, TV, film, fashion, and art.

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Period Witches with Ella and Zadie

Interview of Ella by Zadie McCracken // I learnt to embrace the certain stages in my cycle. For example, if I’m in “winter” and I just don’t want to see anyone, I’ll take some time to myself, make a tea and watch some Gilmore Girls.

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Period Witches: A Celebration of Body, Blood, Girlhood And Community

Review by Zadie McCracken // Photographs by Hannah Forsdike // Art by Freya Bennett // Walking away from Period Witches, I felt a sense of joy and renewal. The day had passed quickly, but without rush. I had a bag full of sweet treats, a head full of new knowledge, and a sweet feeling settled in my chest. 

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A Hairy Tale

Writing by Zadie McCracken // Illustration by Freya Bennett // There are still days I wake up and feel so bad I want to rip out every hair on my body from its follicle. But that’s okay, because most of the time I feel just fine—and so, thankfully, does my hair.

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Devaluing Beauty

Writing by Zadie McCracken // Illustration by Freya Bennett // In the last few decades, incredible achievements have been made to improve and revolutionize the way society views the human body, its appearances, and its complexities.

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Social Media Dishonesty

Writing by Zadie McCracken // Illustration by Camila Martinez De Guerenu // When I was fourteen I stared at the profiles of almost-friends, too-cool-for-me-really friends, and felt sick. Why wasn’t my Instagram as cute, as clean, as picturesque, as perfect as theirs? Why wasn’t I just like them?  What’s wrong with me?

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BLOODY HELL: Part Six

Interview of Ella Crowley by Zadie McCracken // Photograph by Sandra Lazzarini // I guess I just feel like it shouldn’t be a big deal. Everyone should know about it. I shouldn’t have to feel embarrassed when telling people about my period, I should just be able to say “yeah, I’m on my period”

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Why Do We Compete?

Writing by Zadie McCracken // Illustration by Sofie Birkin // The way we would hurt each other, accidentally or on purpose.We would make groups and cut each other out of them, spread rumours, scowling, whispering, teasing. It was fun, and intoxicating, and destructive, and dangerous.

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Bloody Hell Part Five

Interview of Joanna Nilson by Zadie McCracken // Photograph by Marta Braggio // Lots of women have periods but some women don’t, so it’s important to remember that when we have these types of discussions. That can be for a bunch of reasons – they’re trans, they have hormonal issues or have had a hysterectomy…some men have periods!

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Bloody Hell Part Four

Interview by Zadie McCracken // Photograph by Sofia Higgins // Caroline Kennedy is a singer songwriter, visual artist and academic who loves horses, feminism and moving furniture around. 

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Bloody Hell Part Three

Interview by Zadie McCracken // Photograph by Sandra Lazzarini  // I think that it’s annoying having all those other symptoms, like cramps and everything. If I didn’t get those, I’d probably actually enjoy getting my period.

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Bloody Hell Part Two

Writing by Zadie McCracken // Photograph by Sandra Lazzarini // I’m sitting in an abandoned classroom. It’s just become spring, and sun filters in through a half-open window. The ceiling is pattern with holes, and I’m lounging on a desk, my laptop open in front of me.

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Bloody Hell Part One

Writing by Zadie McCracken // Photograph by Sandra Lazzarini // I will be talking to various girls and women about their monthly visitors. We’ll discuss it all: PMS, pads, tampons, cramps, stained sheets, cravings, hunger, mood swings, messes, Panadol, general annoyance, first times, hospital trips, vomiting, fainting, exhaustion, bathrooms that look like murder scenes.

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Relic

Writing by Zadie McCracken // Photograph by Del Santana 

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