Pauline Shanahan, in Dublin. “I’m performing a stand-up show entitled What’s Cooler Than a Hipster? A Spinster, because I think the word ‘spinster’ needs reclaiming.” Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

There’s a view that true happiness can only come with finding a relationship. Funnily enough, it’s a view put about most often by those in relationshi(...)