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Event review: Exposure at the Scottish Storytelling Centre

Sight. Spatial awareness. Hearing. My senses are opened to the excitement and intimidation that our natural world offers. Andy Metcalf and Giles Perring’s immersive installation ‘EXPOSURE’ encapsulates the rawness of human expression in parallel to the beastly nature of landscapes.  An interdisciplinary approach offers a surrounding of the Earth’s natural, inviting and intimidating sounds and views. […]

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Poem of the week: ‘The Circle Game’ by Margaret Atwood

It’s more difficult than ever to stay connected with people and run from the isolation that has been imposed by our current lockdowns and social distancing. But while the COVID-19 pandemic has distorted our ways of living, removing physical touch from the way we function, it has also allowed us to critique old behaviours and […]

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Review: Air Diving- Matthew Rimmer

Peace.  Tranquillity.  Relief.  Three feelings that consumed me on the 19th of February watching Matthew Rimmer’s latest exhibition ‘Air Diving’.  If I felt a sense of ease enjoying the virtual reality of the surreal natural world, I had to question why I also felt overwhelmed with suspense and intimidation.  As I submerged myself into Rimmer’s story of water, I was […]

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Witches, women, words: the authors reclaiming history to imagine feminist futures

The void of female representation in history is an ongoing narrative. Giving a voice to the persecuted and silenced individuals of our past is essential if we want to develop a more equal and just society. By researching the history of women and witchcraft, authors Kiran Millwood Hargrave and Rebecca Tamás have attempted to repopulate […]

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Time to talk: Cheryle Brown breaks the silence on mental health

As physical isolation has plummeted the nation’s mental wellbeing, the National Library of Scotland has highlighted the need for openness and connectivity in its online ‘Time to Talk’ event. On the 4th of February mental health awareness advocate and writer Cheryle Brown shared her experiences of mental illness, anxiety, and depression, and the coping mechanisms she […]