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by Catriona O'Sullivan

Art / Photos / Muses / Ramblings / Articles / Columns / Philosophy / Food / Literature / Film / Fashion / Travel / Ideas / Music

Covering anything from Swedish indie music, to how to make pasta, from Wittgenstein, to Film Reviews.

Current Location: 


Current Work: 

Volunteer World: Content Writer /

Royal Highland Show: Digital Project Manager of the Presidential Initiative 2018 (youth engagement)/

Current Studies: 

NCTJ Distance Learning Diploma in Journalism /

Stills: Scotland's Centre for Photography courses in InDesign/graphic design & video animation/compositing

About Catriona

Catriona O'Sullivan is from Edinburgh, Scotland. Often found travelling, or in art galleries, watching obscure films, or accidentally burning the popcorn. Catriona roughly identifies roughly as an artist & write, with a leaning towards social and political issues. 

Catriona studied BA (Hons) Liberal Arts & Sciences in Maastricht, The Netherlands and majored in Philosophy, Culture and Society - with a particular interest in Philosophy of Language, Politics, Gender Studies and Visual Culture.
She has a keen interest in art and design in the media, and has been working up her art, journalism, radio & film folio in London, at Royal Holloway - University of London (studying BA (Hons) Film, Television & Digital Production), as well as short art courses at The University of the Arts London (Central Saint Martins), & The Slade School of Fine Art - part of University College London (UCL). 
In her final year at Royal Holloway - she specialised in documentary and political cinema, and was selected for the Royal Holloway Global Leadership Programme and Kathleen Nixon AwardCatriona was also selected that year for the Queen's Young Leaders: Transforming Hidden Talent - a Media Trust mentorship programme (with a mentor from the Discovery Channel), as well as being selected for the Whisper Films Royal Holloway Mentorship - the Broadcast & Diversity pathway, and the Student Publication Association's mentorship scheme (with a mentor from London Live TV channel). Catriona worked as an Online Communications and Marketing Officer at Scotland's leading social justice festival Take One Action Film Festival in Edinburgh after graduating. Currently working as a content writer for German start-up Volunteer World, a Digital Project Manager for the Royal Highland and Agricultural Society of Scotland, and working at Anthropologie in her spare time. 
Her interests lie in language & film, French New Wave, gender studies, community creative projects, documentary, print layout design, comment journalism and arts presenting for radio & TV.

Catriona wrote for The Independent Newspaper student section and The i Paper, in her first year at Royal Holloway, and had articles published in The Guardian student bloggers section.
As well as that, Catriona has had articles in an array of student and national publications from student newspaper The Founder and Politics Made Public in the UK, and Observant, and Maastricht Blogging Students in The Netherlands (you can see a selection on her press page). 
She was recently editor of The Orbital student magazine (you can see an issue she edited here), and was also a correspondent for The Designer Index blog, so you can see her contributions here if you are interested. Now Catriona works as a content writer for Volunteer World, and is studying for a distance learning NCTJ Diploma in Journalism. Catriona will be at the News Impact Summit in Manchester run by the European Journalism Centre in November 2017.

As well as having a BA (Hons) Film Television & Digital Production, Catriona has made films for Rambert Dance Company and for promotion of The Independent / The i paper. She is particularly interested in documentary, and has attended the One World Media International Reporting workshop for film-makers,  and Channel 4 & Amnesty International's workshop day on the same topic. Catriona was selected as one of the first participants of the Ji.Hlava Academy in Prague 2017 at Ji.Hlava film festival. This year Catriona plans on going to various documentary festivals/events across Europe - so please do get in touch if you have any suggestions!

Having had experience on productions for the BBC and ITV as a runner, as a logger, and in the art & design departments, Catriona was involved with several arts-related film projects both within and outwith her university course- predominantly film installation, art direction, and documentary.
As well as this, she presented content for London Art TV.
She has contributed content to / presented for Summerhall TV and Writerstories TV in 2014 and 2015, interviewing authors at the Edinburgh International Book Festival which you can see here.
As well as this, she created a series of promotional films for a gig that she organised as part of her role as a student brand ambassador of The i Paper / The Independent. You can see them here.
Catriona was Head of Outreach for student TV station Rhubarb TV  2015-16, and Head of Training 2016-17. She presented, produced and directed the new 'The One Show' style magazine show called The Crumble, as well as coordinating and interviewing the musicians that come onto campus as part of Coffee House Sessions . She was selected for the ITV Insight Pool and was the London Regional Officer 2016-17 for the National Student Television Association (NaSTA). Now Catriona is working in various runner and research roles on TV & film projects in the UK. She will hopefully be taking the TV Production Coordinator Training by Creative Skillset / BBC / TRC & ITV.

Visual / Creative Arts
Having undertaken portfolio preparation classes at Edinburgh College of Art, Catriona is now taking courses at Leith School of Art, after specialising in Creative Digital Arts at Royal Holloway. She has been an arts worker as part of her European Voluntary Service in a community centre in Bosnia & Herzegovina, and a dance teacher/ assistant in Edinburgh. She has previously taken courses at Stills: Scotland's Centre for Photography in DSLR photography and 'reading photography' (theory/history/philosophy of photography), and is currently taking the course in Design Layouts and Graphics for Print (Adobe InDesign & Illustrator CC) and Video Compositing with Adobe After Effects CC. She is also a member of Fresh Fruit: the young art group at the Fruitmarket Gallery in Edinburgh, and is looking to start up an art collective.

Catriona presented / produced The Arts Show and Live Lounge Sessions for Insanity Radio, one of the only student radio stations in the UK with an FM licence. She was Head of Online Content 2015-16, and helped to re-vamp the website, and started up the Instagram account.  She was a 'Work Experience Reviewer' on-air for 'Hipster things' on Talk Radio in London. In the future she will hopefully be working on the official Glastonbury Festival radio station - Worthy FM - in the UK, and getting involved with Radiophrenia and Forth 1.

Digital Projects / Marketing / Communications / Campaigns
Catriona often works freelance on digital marketing / online content or communications. Previous work has been for: Royal Holloway University of London student recruitment, Insanity Radio, Edinburgh Printmakers Studio, Mallzee (start up app), Take One Action Film Festivals, and currently the Royal Highland and Agricultural Society of Scotland who create the Royal Highland Show.

So that's the 'formal' about bit done with.


I'm Catriona, or Trina or really whatever you like as long as it's not Catty.

I hope you find some of the things on here interesting.

I like art and philosophy and films and politics and food and travelling - so most of the stuff on here will be about those things, although I will occasionally write about things that border on kitsch. 

A few facts:

- My father is Irish (from around Limerick) , my mother is from Aberdeen in Scotland and I grew up in Edinburgh, Scotland.

- I usually think in colours.

- Coffee can usually be used as a bribe to get me to go anywhere.

- I love old stuff.

- I want to be more 'outdoors-y' ( but often get put off by the rain and want to cuddle indoors with a book). Rain on skin is a nice feeling however.

- I play the clarsach (a small celtic harp). I am NOT the posh angelic type.

- I am a strong human rights activist and keen politics follower (also my parents met at Amnesty International, which I think is quite cool).

- I am partly named after the novel 'Catriona' which was Robert Louis Stevensons' follow-up to 'Kidnapped'. (He's also the guy who wrote 'Treasure Island'.)
In 'Catriona' - she travels to the Netherlands, which I only discovered after I started living in the Netherlands. In a strange twist of fate, I also found out at one point when I was working at the Edinburgh Printmakers Studio - that one of the printing presses there, was the one used to print the first edition of 'Treasure Island'.

- I want to learn as many languages as possible. Right now I want to learn Icelandic.

- I secretly often need a cup of tea and a Harry Potter audio-book read by Stephen Fry to get me to sleep at night (and now, well... it's not so secret - but anyway, you should try it.).

Stalking Options

Various stalking options are available:

The Ones I Actually Use (mostly)

Blog Lovin

Follow on Bloglovin


Vizualize.me (visual CV, needs updating)
European Online Journalism Community
The Blogger Programme
Angel List
Magnet.me (coming soon)
Ignite (ditto)
The Dots
The Freelancer Club
Talent Manager (for TV)


Vimeo - (My film folio. Needs updating.)
YouTube - (also needs updating, thinking of starting YouTube 'properly' soon)
Soundcloud - (radio demos and soon will be harp sound-bites as-well)
MixCloud - (a complete collection of my radio shows / DJ sets)
MySpace - (soon just my harp stuff)


Flickr - (needs updating)
Travelogue - (this is a work in progress)


Ideas Tap
Behance (nothing uploaded yet)
Art Portfolio (will be updated soon)
Art Portfolio in Flash Format
Work In Progress Blog


Depop  - @catosully


Fohr Card
BlogSoft (for the Norwegians)
Chicisimo (for the Spanish)
Trendtation (also for the Spanish)
Devote (Swedish)

(this list will be updated regularly as I will most likely join even more social networking platforms - you know how it is)


 - Catriona


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