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Introducing: Rainer Maria Rilke

To read Rilke is to reach into emptiness: W.H. Auden, who was greatly influenced by Rilke in his earlier poetry, went so far to describe him as “the Santa Claus of loneliness”. One of the greatest poets of the twentieth century, Rilke’s writing dealt with the sublime, our constant inability to reach it, and the […]

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Book Week Scotland: The Chef and The Poet

The theme of Book Week Scotland this year is ‘Nourish’, so why not merge nourishment for the body with that of the spirit? Acclaimed Scottish poet Tom Pow and chef Neil Forbes of Edinburgh’s Café St Honore did just that at The Chef and The Poet, an evening of food and poetry which took place in the […]

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The Student visits Considerit Chocolate

Vegans rejoice! A new vegan-friendly chocolate shop has arrived in Edinburgh. Founded in 2012, Considerit Chocolate has a loyal following from farmers’ markets and online retail but their first brick-and-mortar shop and café opened just last week at Sciennes, right opposite Summerhall. It’s hard to miss with its stylish all-black shop-front and a charming logo […]

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Afternoon Tea at Heriot Row with Robert Louis Stevenson and Jorge Luis Borges

We all know and love Robert Louis Stevenson for establishing  The Student newspaper way back in 1887, kickstarting 130 years of excellent journalism. Ringing no bells? Perhaps, then, he is better known for the swashbuckling pirates of Treasure Island, or the horrifying eponymous character of The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde. Stevenson’s […]

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World of the Bear (Scottish International Storytelling Festival)

The small auditorium is so quiet you could hear a pin drop. All attention is focused on the two storytellers seated on wooden chairs in the middle of a stage suffused with warm yellow light. One has a small harp at her side. For a moment I feel like I am looking at the storytellers […]