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Exploring Edinburgh’s Libraries: The Scottish Poetry Library

The Scottish Poetry Library (SPL) truly is one of Edinburgh’s hidden treasures. Even after a short visit to the SPL you will leave knowing that this is a place for everyone “to be inspired in, create in, and study in,” in the words of one of the SPL’s librarians. Established in 1999 and refurbished in […]

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Edinburgh Homelessness Conference 2019 held in Pleasance

On 28 March, Pleasance Upper Hall played host to the Edinburgh Homelessness Conference 2019, which aimed to to create a network for students and charities alike on the topic of aiding and raising awareness on homelessness in the city.   Following the success of the 2018 Edinburgh Genocide Conference, which raised awareness of genocide around […]

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The Lib Dems must step up and fill the centrist void

At a time when 41 per cent of the UK feel “politically homeless,” with 43 per cent of people saying that they would “definitely” or “potentially” vote for a centrist party, why haven’t the Liberal Democrats gained support? Over the last few years, we have witnessed political polarisation across the world. The steadying growth of […]

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The poet’s humility has trumped the politician’s hubris

What has typically been a form of literature reserved for students and artsy types has recently seen a striking growth in popularity. People have spent £12 million on poetry in the last year. As we are living in a post-truth culture, it is hardly surprising that young people are turning away from words of fact […]

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Seeking love and seeking truth in a politically divided world

Is it possible for two people with opposing views to have a meaningful relationship? A recent program shown by BBC Derbyshire featured a blind date between two people on opposite sides of the Brexit debate. While this clearly trivialises the political crisis facing the UK, it does bring this issue to light. There does not […]

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Organised religion versus secularism: a debate already won, or a dialogue to be continued?

Recently, the student debating society held a debate that discussed the motion, ‘This house opposes organised religion.’ In what seems to be an increasingly secular society, it’s to be expected to find people questioning why this issue is up for discussion at all. Hasn’t religion lost its relevance in a world where science and secular […]