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Culture Literature

Darke

Rick Gekoski’s Darke tells the powerful story of James Darke, a man who, following the death of his wife, has decided to isolate himself from the outside world. The narrative begins in a strange yet humorous episode where he employs someone to fill in his letterbox. He has already cancelled his phone line and is […]

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Culture Literature

Insanely Gifted

Jamie Catto’s Insanely Gifted acts as insightful guidance regarding how an individual should live one’s life. Rather than a one-time read, the work acts as a manual to which readers can refer back, as they consider how they should think and act within society. As well as being a universal guide on thinking, Insanely Gifted […]

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Culture Literature

Blackwell’s Children’s Giving Tree continues to grow

On the frosty autumnal morning of 10 November, Blackwell’s once again launched the Children’s Giving Tree project. Accompanied by local children’s author, Gill Arbuthnott, Kirsty Smith and her book Tree Elves welcomed those in attendance, and provided thoughtful insight into the project’s main initiative and its background. The Children’s Giving Tree was started with the […]

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Art Culture News

Colour And Light

Colour and Light is a powerful exposé on the use of colour in tapestry and weaving. Based in Dovecot Studios, it explores the work of seven weavers, and two gun tufting artists doing apprenticeships and working in the studio itself. Collaborations with other artists are also included in this exhibition. Set up in large room, […]

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Culture Theatre

Blackbird

Image courtesy of Bedlam Theatre  Blackbird Bedlam Theatre Run Ended Blackbird tells a poignant and powerful story of a 12-year-old girl Una (Sophia Dowson-Collins) whom a 40-year-old man Ray (Benjamin Aluwihare) has abused. Set in the present day, 15 years later, the victim comes to find the perpetrator having found a photo that revokes many memories. […]

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Culture Theatre

The Man Who Followed His Legs (and Kept on Walking)

Image courtesy of Wee Stories Marketing  The Man Who Followed His Legs (and Kept on Walking)  Festival Theatre Studio Run Ended The Man Who Followed His Legs (and Kept on Walking) tells the tale of young Hearts of Midlothian football fans facing up to the realities of war. Highly emotive, this play is made all […]

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Culture Literature

Creating Freedom

In his literary debut, Creating Freedom: Power, Control, and the Fight for our Future, Raoul Martinez thoroughly examines what freedom really means in the western world, and the implications it has in today’s society. Strongly arguing that freedom is illusory, Martinez powerfully and consistently produces surmounting evidence for this by looking at our economy, the […]

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Culture Literature

Man Booker Prize 2016: The Sellout

The Sellout tells the implausible yet hilarious story of a black man who lands himself in Supreme Court for reintroducing segregation in the ‘agrarian ghetto’ of Dickens, a forgotten place on the outskirts of Los Angeles. Born to a psychologist dad, the protagonist leads a rather different childhood as a subject to his father’s experiments. […]