Dr. Rachel Hanna was born and raised in Northern Ireland. She earned her PhD in English language and linguistics, focusing on readers’ and listeners' responses to asylum seekers’ stories. She spends a lot of her time thinking and reflecting. Her interests lie in spiritual formation and direction, and she seeks to encourage others to slow down. She is slowly learning to take her own advice.
The Queen was universally admired in Northern Ireland, but now that she’s gone I feel more Irish than British
Northern Irish writer Dr Rachel Hanna reflects on the impact The Queen had in Northern Ireland and explains that without the Queen’s stabilising presence - she feels more aligned with Ireland than Britain.
Pixar’s family film Turning Red encourages us to let it all out - but that can be a dangerous message
Disney Pixar’s new coming of age movie Turning Red explores many valuable and encouraging themes, but writer Rachel Hanna disagrees with one fundamental feature of the film.
Northern Irish writer Rachel Hanna shares her thoughts on the award-winning film Belfast, that sees families struggle with the difficult choice between staying in a war-torn city or fleeing to unfamiliar and potentially hostile lands for safety.