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Culture Literature

The Givenness of Things

When authors publish collections of essays, we are often presented with a bizarre array of fascinating, yet completely unrelated musings that often only serve as a peep-hole into the minds of our most beloved authors. This wasn’t quite the case with Marilynne Robinson’s The Givenness of Things. In her ninth publication, Robinson has focused her […]

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Culture Literature

Lila

With a range of diverse and thoughtful novels, Marilynne Robinson is a household name for many and somewhat of a celebrity in the literary world. Although her first book was published in 1980, Robinson spent twenty years writing non-fiction sporadically, until 2004 when she released her second novel Gilead, which won the Pulitzer Prize and […]

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Culture Literature

The Road to Rangoon

With the dust having barely settled from her first novel, The Trader of Saigon, Lucy Cruickshanks has released her newest addition to the genre of South-East Asian, historical fiction. The Road to Rangoon entwines two lives from completely different worlds in the savage civil war from which Myanmar is still recovering. We have Thuza; a […]

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Art Culture

Possibilities of the Object

In the latter half of the 20th century, Brazilian art has turbulently transformed from being persecuted to being fascinating. After the cultural destruction brought about by World War Two, there rose a new global art community, one that looked further than the rigid European art tradition for inspiration. After centuries of political and economic disruption, 1950s […]

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Art Culture

The Two Roberts: Robert Colquhoun and Robert MacBryde

It is impossible to tell if Robert Colquhoun and Robert MacBryde had any inclination, upon meeting in 1933, of the importance that this encounter would have on the face of British art. They certainly must have left an impression, for just ten years later the two had gone from ‘obscurity to stardom’, as labelled by […]

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Culture Literature

A Summer in the Shadow of Byron

The ‘Year Without a Summer’ was 1815: the aftermath of unusual volcanic activity led to a bitingly cold year and the lowest crop yield on record.  However, economic crisis, malnutrition and disease were not the concerns of Lord Byron in the summer of 1816. After Byron’s exile from Britain, the most celebrated Romantic poet left […]

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Music

Hessle Audio

The individuality of the night coupled with the harmony between venue and music are the two most important factors in creating a memorable night. This couldn’t be more apt for this Tuesday night’s Hessle Audio DJ set at The Caves. Even without the stellar line-up, any night at The Caves is usually worth a visit. […]

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Culture Literature

The Sudden Arrival of Violence – Malcolm Mackay

The novel is entirely grounded in a realistic depiction of Glaswegian gang culture.