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Culture Literature

Charlotte

This odd little book tells the story of Charlotte Salomon, a Jewish artist living in Berlin at a time when Nazism was gaining traction in Germany. The story commences with Charlotte’s rather grave upbringing, following a series of suicides within her family. As she grows up, we witness the construction of her naïve, dreamy personality […]

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Theatre

Isaac’s Eye

A mosaic of fact and fiction, Isaac’s Eye provides an insight into the life of scientist, Isaac Newton. Although Newton is best known for his work on the laws of gravity, this play focuses on an earlier period of his life. The performance begins with a young Newton, desperate to be allowed membership to the […]

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Theatre

The Nether

Tucked away above the trendy Bistro Place restaurant, Checkpoint, Theatre Paradok’s most recent production, The Nether, is leaving audiences both haunted and intrigued.     In our current world, rapid technological advancements have provided us with more freedom than ever before. The internet, in particular, is providing unprecedented entertainment, information and connectivity. However, while we […]

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Culture Literature

Back to life, back to reality: the power of poetry slams

Many people seem to view poetry as a small, forgotten genre in our fast-paced media world.  Poetry is an art form that requires time to be deciphered and we cannot find the patience for it. We tend to associate this poetry with tedious school lessons where teachers questioned the many meanings of the same metaphor, […]

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Culture Literature

When Women Ran the Scottish Periodical Press with Juliet Shields

Following International Women’s Day on 8 March, it is vital to reflect on the powerful historical figures who have paved the way in the fight for gender equality. While we are aware of major feminist activists, such as the suffragettes, there are many individuals who do not appear in the pages of our history books; their […]

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Culture Theatre

EUTC presents: The Diary of Anne Frank

The Diary of Anne Frank Bedlam Theatre Run Ended Walking into Bedlam’s neo-gothic venue, we were directed to wait in the café, which was rapidly filling up with excited audience members. There was a strange anticipation in the air; the audience was eager for the show to begin but were aware that, if these actors […]

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Culture Literature

The High Mountains of Portugal

Three bereaved men clinging to reality, the beautiful mountains of Portugal and a lot of chimpanzees; Yann Martel’s whimsical writing style returns in The High Mountains of Portugal. Best known for his novel Life of Pi, Martel has revealed a unique ability to weave some of life’s most complex questions into plots that tread the […]

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Culture Literature

Books to look forward to in 2017

In an unpredictable and divided world, we often turn to books and films to understand (and often escape) the goings-on around us. The past year has dramatically altered our understanding of the world, and the way in which western civilisation is perceived and run.  Furthermore, many of us are entering 2017 with trepidation. So, to […]