About Us

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


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. Our monthly-ish editions, centered around a chosen theme, bring together creative writing, politics, history, education, art, and advocacy. 

We value voices that are underrepresented in today’s narratives; voices that show a perspective that examines, challenges, and radically reimagines the society that we live in. We hope that The Rattlecap can become an intersectional forum for discussion and change, and a thought-provoking, kind, and empowering space.

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

Be sure to also check out our sibling publication RattleRood - offering regular news, analysis, and commentary on Scottish politics - and Rattlecast, our podcast.

Meet the team:

Editors-in-Chief Isi Williams and Justine White

Current Affairs Editors Nastya Kabeleva and Rebecca Scherer

Arts & Culture Editors  Dani Rothmann and Amelia Morgan

History, Philosophy & Education Editors Valentin Pyataev and Tara Gold

Creative Writing Editors Yasmin Kanaan and Molly Maclean

Literature Editors Ali Gavin and Rosaleen Keehan

Illustration Coordinators Heather Baillie and Hannah Purdom

Social Media Coordinator Tanya Fawaz

Secretary Anushka Kumar

Treasurer Scarlet Smyth

Social Secretary Jessie Irvin Rose

Senior Illustrator Alba Sánchez

Senior Writers Amy Life and Bella Hendricks

Graphic and Web Designer Celeste John-Wood