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Amy Kean

Amy Kean

Culture Editor

15th Nov 2022 Insight
shots Fired with... Vicky Quinn Fraser

shots Fired with... Vicky Quinn Fraser

shots' Culture Editor chats with book coach Vicky Quinn Fraser, who gets fired up about the state of the publishing industry.

5th Oct 2022 Insight
“Positive vibes only!” Why tone policing can get in the f*cking bin

“Positive vibes only!” Why tone policing can get in the f*cking bin

"Watch your tone, young lady!" It's what you might say to a cheeky toddler but, too often, the tentacles of the tone police are spreading into grown up conversation and debate. Amy Kean explores, via the British monarchy, business interactions and 1986 movie classic Labyrinth, how the over-policing of conversation is becoming an emergency situation.

8th Sep 2022 Talent
Weird Seance summons… Lynne Parker

Weird Seance summons… Lynne Parker

Despite the wealth of brilliant female comedians - think Katherine Ryan, Sara Pascoe, Jo Brand - many still think 'women aren't funny'. Lynne Parker [fourth from right], is the founder of Funny Women and a champion of female comedians. She talks to Amy Kean about why so many men (and too many women) think females aren't funny, the creativity of comedy, and her ongoing mission.

6th Jul 2022 Insight
shots Fired... with Laura Blake

shots Fired... with Laura Blake

Kicking off our July Taboo Focus, shots Culture Editor Amy Kean, talks to presenter, DJ, comedian, actor and Twitch streamer, Laura Blake, about her anger at going through the wrong puberty and why transgender people are "the last taboo".

30th Jun 2022 Insight
The war on girls: why can’t society take young women seriously?

The war on girls: why can’t society take young women seriously?

In the battle of the sexes young girls are becoming the cannon fodder. Amy Kean examines why such an important part of our future is maligned and mistreated, their voices too often missing from the conversation and their fates decided by old men.

18th May 2022 Talent
Weird Seance summons… stevexoh

Weird Seance summons… stevexoh

As Amy Kean continues her search for some of creativity's weirdest inhabitants, she talks to artist and writer stevexoh about unusual names, unexpected journeys and uncovering the secret of living.

26th Apr 2022 Insight
Are you an effective human? How tourists and monsters are making everything worse

Are you an effective human? How tourists and monsters are making everything worse

Social media has a lot to answer for, not least the men (and it is mainly men) who champion social causes for their own benefit, and the users who pillage other people's beliefs to push their online profile. Amy Kean's had enough, and her only recourse is violence... but not that type of violence.

4th Apr 2022 Insight
shots Fired... with Charu Malhotra

shots Fired... with Charu Malhotra

As Amy Kean continues to ask people what makes them mad, Charu Malhotra, Global Brand Manager for PA Consulting, gets riled up by the ongoing inability of some conferences to embrace diversity.

11th Mar 2022 Insight
Weird Seance summons… Rob Mayhew

Weird Seance summons… Rob Mayhew

Continuing her celebration of all things weird and wonderful Culture Editor Amy Kean speaks to Rob Mayhew, Head of Influence at Fleishman Hillard London and a rising TikTok star, who brilliantly lampoons ad agency life and culture in his videos. They discuss seeing things differently, social media and salad cream.

4th Mar 2022 Insight
shots Fired... with Nick Ellis

shots Fired... with Nick Ellis

In the continuation of this new series, which sees Amy Kean speaking to people about the thing that really fires up their anger, Nick Ellis gets heated about how the ad industry takes people in, chews them up then spits them right out.

1st Mar 2022 Insight
Why it could be time for the #bekind movement to end

Why it could be time for the #bekind movement to end

Is kindness all too common? Definitely not. Is too much civic responsibility placed on a social media hashtag? Quite possibly. Via hellish hen parties and terrible travel stories Amy Kean examines why kindness needs a rethink.

17th Feb 2022 Insight
shots Fired... with Melissa Robertson

shots Fired... with Melissa Robertson

In a new feature shots' Culture Editor, Amy Kean, lights a fire under some of advertising's great and good to find out what really gets them angry.

Amy Kean

Amy Kean
Culture Editor