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Where Freedom Starts: Sex Power Violence #MeToo

Content Warning: discussion of rape. The #MeToo hashtag has risen in popularity of late, with countless women sharing their personal experiences of sexual violence. Where Freedom Starts: Sex Power Violence #MeToo is an exploration of this movement. While some of the pieces in the collection were written as a direct response to the #MeToo movement, […]

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Edinburgh Villanelle: A Celebration of Muriel Spark with Elaine Feinstein and Alan Taylor

The Scottish Poetry Library is one of my favourite literary venues in Edinburgh, consistently programming thought-provoking events. Therefore, I was intrigued to see how they would approach the Muriel Spark centenary, especially given that the literary scene is set to saturated with events celebrating the great author this year. I was not disappointed; this event […]

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A Many Splendoured Thing

A Many Splendoured Thing, the Scottish Storytelling Centre’s Valentine’s Day offering, saw storytellers Harriet Grindley, Maria MacDonnell and Bob Mitchell perform together as We Three to explore the themes of love and romance through an assortment of tales and music. The three performers took it in turns to tell stories which ranged from Scottish folklore to […]

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All types of love need to be represented, actually

Writing this on the 1st of December means it’s now acceptable for the annual viewing of Love Actually to take place. This perennial seasonal classic is, at first glance, everything you need in a Christmas film. The cast is a roll call of national treasures, it makes London look sunny in December and the knitwear […]

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The UK needs to introduce laws against food waste

A couple of months ago a friend who works in catering asked me to meet her after a shift with the promise that she had something for me. It turned out to be a bag full of perfectly good sandwiches which, for food hygeine reasons, her boss had instructed her to throw away, but which […]

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Parents in pyjamas set a bad example

Primary School headteacher Kate Chisholm came under fire last week for sending a letter to parents asking that they get dressed to bring their children to school. Chisholm had noticed an increasing number of parents turning up at the school gates both in the mornings and at the end of the day, and some even […]

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Reduction in animal products is the only way to combat climate change

According to the Met office, 2015 will see global temperatures rise more than one degree above pre industrial levels. Based on data from January to September of this year, temperatures are now 1.2 degrees above the pre industrial average, making 2015 the first year to breach the important one degree mark. This increase means we […]

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We must stand against privatisation of railways

East Coast Rail, the only remaining railway under state control, was last week taken over by Stagecoach and Virgin Rail. The government has decided to hand this last chunk of Britain’s rail network over to a private company, despite the fact that the East Coast franchise depended on less public subsidies than the 15 private […]