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 Iz Gius and Phoebe McGowan

Current Affairs Editors Rufus Pickles and Rob Bazaral

Arts & Culture Editors  Hannah Rothmann and Isi Williams 

History, Philosophy & Education Editor Tom Wileman

Creative Writing Editor Albertine Clarke    

Literature Editor Charley Rose Jones 

RattleRood Editor Max Hunter

Illustration Coordinators Josie Berry and Polly Burnay

Social Media Coordinator Isi Williams

Secretary Anushka Kumar

Treasurer Anushka Joglekar

Social Secretary Lorna Hastings

Fresher's Rep Benjamin Duncan

Senior Writers Paula Lacey and Annabel Wilde