About Eleanor Plumstead

Eleanor Plumstead was raised on the side of a hill in Malvern, an area of stunning natural beauty that has always inspired her creative side. She has written poetry and prose from a young age and currently studies English Literature and Creative Writing with the Open University. She enjoys good food and parties, is always on a quest for 'the ultimate wine' and dreams of being a full-time writer. Eleanor loves to support and empower people and is passionate about equal rights, for her own LGBT community and for all those who are marginalised in society. She is currently working on a number of projects including a historical novel, a book of prayers and of course, several new articles for City Connect.

The Insider’s Guide to Living with Depression

I am a young woman who has suffered from clinical depression intermittently throughout my life. I have had counselling, psychotherapy, anti-depressants and cognitive behavioural therapy; whilst these treatments work and should always be carefully considered in a case of mental illness, I have learned to manage this condition in my … Continue reading

An Exercise in Being Assertive

I dare you to be assertive. Don’t be aggressive or selfish, just recognise that you should be getting the same respect that you give. You deserve as much recognition as other people do. By asking to be treated in a certain way, by speaking out, you aren’t being unreasonable. You’re … Continue reading

A Metaphor for Self-Esteem

Where does your self-image come from? If your opinion of yourself often comes from what people say to you and how they treat you, then perhaps you will find this idea helpful. Imagine yourself as a blank canvas. When you hear negative comments, if you take them to heart and … Continue reading

LOAF: Eating Ethically Without Going Vegan

I have a problem, and this is it: I love meat and dairy. I love rare steak, Cumberland sausages and bacon. I regularly crave a good roast chicken and furthermore, I love buttery potatoes and cheesy pasta bake. Recently, I’ve been eating a lot more fish, meat substitutes and vegetables … Continue reading

The Student Migration: International Students in the UK

A Benedictine monk and a Ghanaian walk past each other… No, this isn’t the beginning of a joke. This is university. In the UK, our universities serve to bring together all nations, colours and religions in one place, an eye-opening experience for any student and representative of one of our … Continue reading