All things languages

There are almost 7,000 living languages in the world today, and approximately 6% of these languages have millions of speakers. Language is a beautiful,...

Students’ Union AGM report: Tuesday 1st May 2018

The results are in! Tuesday 1st May 2018 saw the Swansea University Students Union AGM. This saw 9 motions being put to vote, which...

Goodbye Swansea

It feels as though I’ve blinked and all of a sudden, I am about to finish my degree at Swansea University and move onto,...

Varsity 2018 round-up: Singleton events

Wednesday 25th April 2018 saw Swansea play host to Cardiff in the biggest sporting event of the University calendar – Varsity! Varsity saw the...

We need to talk about Swansea University Accessibility

The university has made a lot of changes over the last few years, including a brand new campus. However, there is still a lot...

A day on Bay: Varsity Edition

‘We have had a change of tactics and have got our full team together so we hope this time we can take the game’...

Look Up

Imagine a bustling town or city centre, with people everywhere. Overhead, there could be the clearest, bluest skies with the warmest sun beating down...

An interview with writer B.A. Hippsley

Former Swansea University, B.A. Hippsley is scheduled to have his first novel – Containment – published on 16th May 2018 by the independent publishers...

Growing Up

A poem by Emily Maybanks by Emily Maybanks

INTERVIEW: Frank Turner on ‘Be More Kind’

Frank Turner’s new album ‘Be More Kind’ has finally hit the shelves, and with it comes a refreshed and refined sound from the Folk...

FEATURED ARTIST: Tom Grennan

Injections of soul, indie, and folk styles into the charts have rarely come about in recent times, but Tom Grennan’s music is an exception...

ALBUM REVIEW: The Search For Everything – John Mayer (2017)

There was only ever going to be one artist I was going to write an album review for. There is only one artist whose...

First Minister Carwyn Jones Resigns

  First Minister of Wales Carwyn Jones has just announced his plan to resign in the Autumn. In his speech at the Welsh Labour Party...

SUNDAY VARSITY ROUND-UP – Archery & Rifle

Sunday 22nd April saw the first day of multiple competitions for this year’s Varsity competition.  Archery was first to take place in the morning,...

SUCCESS ON THE RIVER TAWE – Swansea’s second point towards the...

A successful start to Varsity 2018 as Swansea secures its second point towards the shield. First the men’s cycling claimed victory on Wednesday 18th...

CYCLING SUCCESS – Swansea’s first point towards the Varsity shield

Wednesday 18th April saw Swansea’s cycling team secure our first point towards the overall Varsity shield. Lead by men’s captain Kacper Gorski and women’s...

Getting involved at Festivals – an interview with Tom Parkinson

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to work at some of the biggest music festivals in the UK? Ahead of BBC’s Biggest Weekend...

TRACK OF THE WEEK: Bicycling by Ananas

Here at Xtreme radio we pride ourselves in providing a platform to showcase both student and local talent. Ananas are a lo-fi, neo soul...

REVIEW: Cosmosus EP by Ananas

Ananas are an experimental Lo-fi Neo Soul trio from Swansea. I am featuring their EP as they’re a testament to student musicians at Swansea....

The Little Prince – a book to return to

The Little Prince – originally Le Petit Prince – was penned by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry and was first published in 1943. Now, 75 years...

Creative Writing – a series of interviews

By: Emily Maybanks Have you ever wondered how your favourite authors can make characters come to life in your mind? Or, maybe you've always felt...

REVIEW: Man in an Orange Shirt

By: Emily Maybanks Man in an Orange Shirt was first shown on BBC Two last summer. A two part series, it was at the heart...

Varsity breakdown

The Cup Historically, Swansea have come out on top when it comes to the Welsh Varsity Cup match. Winning 13, losing 7 and drawing once....

Are we ready for Varsity? – Find out what the captains...

by Meryl Hanmer RIFLE: Glen Dighton How have you been preparing for Varsity? Trials for the Varsity team are usually straightforward and now have a good idea...

How to wear your Varsity shirt

by Gwen Miles It's an iconic element of the Welsh Varsity, it’s included in the £28.50 package, it's a symbol of solidarity and support, and...

The battle of two brothers – Swansea vs Cardiff sibling rivalry

by Meryl Hanmer Varsity is the most eagerly anticipated event of the year for our university sports players, all of whom are training hard to...

On track for Varsity: Women’s cycling team make their debut

by Meryl Hanmer Since coming to Swansea University in the 2016/17 academic year to study sport science, Izzy Whiteley has made it her mission to...

Understanding: Boxing

by Meryl Hanmer With the recent boom in popularity for boxing, not only as a sport to take part in but as a spectator sport,...

Understanding: The Swansea Titans

by Meryl Hanmer The Swansea University American football team, ‘The Titans’ are a force to be reckoned with on the field, year after year out...

Interview: Women’s Rugby

by Emily Maybanks In 2017 they beat Cardiff at the famous Millennium Stadium, for the first time ever. This year, they are hoping to do...

Moonstruck

by Carlos Tseng It’s hard to believe that Norman Jewison’s Moonstruck is now 30 years old. In 2018, the film is still a delight to...

Netflix Binge: Black Mirror

by Alex Udraufski-Osborne The Students' Union elections signal the end of the academic year. That means deadlines, exams, and, ultimately, stress—which all sounds daunting and,...

Perception

By Natasha Mawera We all see our own stories. We hear the words we know our souls long for us to accept. This is what...

LANGUAGE STUDENTS Making the most of your year abroad

by Meryl Hanmer Embarking on your year abroad is both daunting and exhilarating in equal measures. It is without doubt the most exhilarating fifteen months...

PRE-YEAR ABROAD NERVES and how to calm them

by Meryl Hanmer No matter how confident a person you are or how well prepared you feel, there will always be that niggling voice of...

Fickle Friends: The Globe, Cardiff, 26/02/18

When I first heard Fickle Friends, I was amazed by how captivated I could be by something so joyful, given as I had previously...

Interview: Rejjie Snow

by Will Barnston That is until now. In a rare occurrence, 24-year-old Irish rapper, Rejjie Snow. The catalyst to his career was his 2013 'Rejovich'...

Another closure of an LGBTQ+ venue, but why?

When I arrived in Swansea in 2016 I was excited to experience the LGBTQ+ scene. So, when attending my first LGBT+ society event I...

SOLO TRAVEL: It isn’t as scary as you think!

by Meryl Hanmer Whilst I understand the desire to share treasured moments abroad with friends, there is an equally compelling case why solo travel makes...

TRAVEL HACKS: Picking the perfect hostel

by Meryl Hanmer Although the thought of staying in a dorm room with complete strangers is a daunting prospect for many, (it certainly was for...

Belgium: At a glance

By Meryl Hanmer Bearing the scars of centuries worth of wars, battles and invasions, Belgium is a place of pilgrimage for all those looking to...

Taekwondo take the South League!

By Niraj Wadher Swansea University Taekwondo club take the lead at the British University Taekwondo league. Swansea University played host to the British University Taekwondo South...

Can sport improve your mental health?

By Olivia Rogers With Varsity fast approaching, I caught up with four members of Swansea Badminton Club to see whether students at Swansea University felt...

5 Reasons Why You Need More Sleep

By Lauren Lewis Life can be incredibly stressful sometimes, especially for students. We’re subjected to what feels like an endless cycle of presentations, projects, and...

A peek inside the Dylan Thomas Theatre

by Carys Svendsen Way back in September, I wrote a cultural guide of Swansea and mentioned the Dylan Thomas Theatre. Unfortunately, it wasn’t until February...

TALIESIN’S £2m MAKEOVER

By Megan Thomas Work to update the inside of the Taliesin building has finally been completed. Starting at the beginning of the year, the construction...

REVIEW: Bad Sounds, 5th February Tramshed Cardiff

By Caleb brown On the 5th of February I had an interview with Bad Sounds as they supported Rat Boy in Tramshed Cardiff alongside Ten...

Cut pretty flowers from their stems

By: Rhys Swainston * disclaimer - contains content that some may find upsetting I walk past the café every day. There is a girl who works there...

The Greatest Showman – why is it doing so well?

By: Emily Maybanks With the recent news that the soundtrack to the film (released in UK cinemas on Boxing Day 2017) The Greatest Showman has...

Interview with Illustrator, Emily Wren

By: Emily Maybanks Living and working in Basel, Switzerland, Emily Wren is a freelance Illustrator and has recently illustrated a short story in Popshot’s recent...

Swansea labelled “part of writing history” with Egypt centre discovery

By Alex Evans An exciting new discovery at Swansea University’s own Egypt Centre has been described as “part of writing history” by Egyptology students here...

THE POST-TRANSLATION PROCESS ― what is it and why is it...

By: Meryl Hanmer Last time, in ‘THE PRE-TRANSLATION PROCESS – what is it and why is it useful?’, I debunked the myth that translators dive...

Learning & reflecting – An interview with life-coach Tony Phillips

By: Emily Maybanks It’s all too easy to become very caught up in everyday life and let the stress of life take over our minds...

THE PRE-TRANSLATION PROCESS – what is it and why is it...

By: Meryl Hanmer There is a lot more to translation than meets the eye. The essence of the translation process is to transform a piece...

ALBUM REVIEW: Calum Scott – Only Human

By: Emily Maybanks On 9th March 2018, Calum Scott released his debut album Only Human. For those who don't know, Calum Scott is a British singer and...

World Poetry Day 2018

By: Emily Maybanks Today – 21st March 2018 – is World Poetry Day. Poetry is, of course, literary work in which the expression of feelings...

‘Research as Art’: A 2017 Review

By Carys Svendsen The ‘Research as Art’ competition is back once again and needs you! From personal memory, I recall one of the winners -...

REVIEW: Call the Midwife, Series 7

By: Emily Maybanks *WARNING: contains spoilers!* “Why did I ever start this? I must have been mad!” These are the opening words of Jennifer Worth’s memoir...

Translation vs. Interpretation

By: Meryl Hanmer Both translation and interpretation operate with the aim of converting information from one language to another, therefore these are two closely related...

EP Review – No Sense Of Groove

by Dare Balogun Reviewing electronic music at time can be very difficult sometimes. Its not like I’m reviewing a band and I can talk about...

Losing my Mother to Cancer

By: Meryl Hanmer On the 7th January 2017, I was half way through my year abroad; studying in Valencia. Up to that point, my time...

My three most inspirational women

By: Emily Maybanks International Women’s Day (IWD) is celebrated annually on 8th March 2018. It commemorates the movement for women’s rights. International Women's Day is...

How my skin shattered my self-confidence

by Olivia Rogers After reading a report by the British Skin foundation stating that around 20 % of people who suffer with acne have thought...

Graduation Anxiety What happens next?

by Emily Maybanks December’s edition of the Waterfront featured an article I wrote called ‘Thoughts from the mind of a final year student’. In this...

If you could see me now

By: Emily Maybanks Based on the lyrics to 'If you could see me now' by The Script. Got to keep myself calm but the truth is...

Beast from the East: Swansea Edition

by Nicola McAndrew You all know by now about the Beast from the East (no, I don’t mean Ivan Drago). Amidst Tesco’s deserted shelves, persistent...

Money For Nothing at Grand Theatre Swansea

By Nicola McAndrew Gather round Dire Straits fans, this one’s for you. Who here loves Dire Straits? Yes, an obviously rhetorical question. I can almost hear...

Try New Sports

What is Octopush? You may not have heard of Octopush (or ‘Underwater Hockey’) but this unusual sport is growing all across the country, especially in...

Rugby League match report – Aberystwyth University 4-42 Swansea University

by Lulu Thornton The final game of the first term for Swansea University RL took them west to Aberystwyth but with only 15 players. The...

NETFLIX BINGE – Restrepo

by Alexander Udraufski-Osborne March. Here in the Northern hemisphere, it marks the beginning of Spring. The plants begin to make a return, and so do...

Under Milk Wood

As March is the month of St. David's day, the patron Saint of Wales, it would be apt to acknowledge that Wales is a...

WALES AT THE ACADEMY AWARDS: How Green Was My Valley

by Carlos Tseng Critics continue to be outraged at John Ford’s 1941 film about the Welsh valleys beating Orson Welles’ noir classic, Citizen Kane, for...

Friendships

by Emily Maybanks Friendships are often the most valuable relationships we will experience throughout our lives, especially at University where we’re all thrown together during...

Interview: Newton faulkner

by Sarah Harris Newton Faulker is a talent of virtuoso standards; carving a path from his Guildford Music Academy education, through the rite of passage...

Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month

by Emily Maybanks March 2018 is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month. Ovarian cancer is the biggest gynaecological killer of British women, with UK survival rates amongst...

GET OUTSIDE – Photography by Hamish Lawson

Sunshine has recently returned to Swansea Bay. Fresher’s should learn to make the most of the sun on its brief visits to South West...

Give it a Go! Week & the Mega Quiz

by Heather Dimmer Every year, coinciding with Refreshers, societies participate in ‘Give it a Go!’ week, where we host taster events open to the whole...

SUSU CIVSOC

by Thomas Edge CIVSOC is Swansea University’s brand new Civil Engineering Society. CIVSOC aims to enhance students’ university experience, CPD, networking opportunities and broaden their...

PREVIEW: The Embroidery Girl at Grand Theatre Swansea, 30th March ’18

After Swansea losing the ‘City of Culture 2021’ bid last year, it’s exciting to find that despite the loss, Swansea is still wealthy in...

SIT DOWN YOU’RE ROCKING THE THEATRE – Review: Guys and Dolls

by Molly Dowrick I had high expectations for this year's Swansea University's performing arts societies musical Guys and Dolls, and I was not disappointed! I...

Ogre The Edge – Doug Scott’s battle against nature

by Laurence Brown To celebrate the BANFF Centre Mountain Film Festival World Tour coming to Llanelli at Ffwrnes Theatre on 22nd March, Laurence Brown recalls...

TRAVEL HACKS: packing your backpack

by Meryl Hanmer Packing is one aspect of travelling that many people dread doing. It’s all too easy to either pack the wrong things or...

Sweden: At a glance

by Meryl Hanmer From every direction, the most inexplicably beautiful landscapes await in the sparsely populated Nordic country of Sweden. From the steep alpine peaks...

A Griswold’s adventures – Studying in Swansea

by Karli Walleser We have a running joke in my family about traveling; we call ourselves the Griswolds. Now for those of you who don’t...

Save, save, save – Our planet needs your help!

by Kareemah Malik Our planet is in danger and it is down to us to do what we can to save it. Living sustainably not...

Swansea Lecturers Say “No” to Strikes

By Megan Thomas The lecturers at Swansea University will not be going on strike. After the initial vote failed to hit the 50% turnout requirement,...

The Cherry Orchard at The Dylan Thomas Theatre

By Carys Svendsen ****/5 A great night out full of drama as well as a fair few laughs throughout the performance. If you’re a fan...

LGBT+ History Month – Exploring Sexuality

By: Emily Maybanks February in the UK is LGBT+ History month, and with the month coming to a close, I wanted to write something that...

The Script in Cardiff

By: Emily Maybanks On Tuesday 20th February 2018, Irish trio The Script – consisting of Danny O’Donoghue, Mark Sheehan and Glen Power – brought their...

Paris in photos

By: Emily Maybanks From 15th until 18th February 2018, I was on the Paris trip, run by the Travel Shop and the Students' Union. It...

University Mental Health Day 2018 – Community

By: Emily Maybanks University Mental Health Day this year is held on Thursday 1st March 2018 (for us here at Swansea University and across Wales...

ALBUM REVIEW: AWOLNATION – Here Come The Runts

By Jake Harvey Since AWOLNATION’s debut album ‘Megalithic Symphony’ went Platinum in the US and double platinum in Canada, they have largely gone under the...

ALBUM REVIEW: Beautiful people will ruin your life – The Wombats...

By Alex Evans This term, Xtreme Radio is proud to present our featured presenter reviews. Each week, a new presenter will show their music taste...

Guys and Dolls Interview with the Director (Jevan Cannon) and Assistant...

by Molly Dowrick Jevan Cannon began planning and preparing for this year's Performing Arts Societies musical Guys and Dolls last May! Setting out to create...
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The Pulse Episode #1 (‘Ostriches are pretty much the fish of...

Welcome to a weekly new series which explores the weekly lives of students! This week we explore Carys' life, which seems to be full...

An interview with Kamand Kojouri

By: Emily Maybanks I caught up with writer and poet Kamand Kojouri; she was born in Iran and brought up in Dubai and Toronto. She...

Album Review: Crush EP – Ravyn Lenae

By Kiera Jones This term, Xtreme Radio is proud to present our featured presenter reviews. Each week, a new presenter will show their music taste...