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Tongue Tied & Twisted – Indian Tales; Contemporary Twist

As is claimed on the Scottish International Storytelling Festival website, ‘storytelling is play’. This seemingly simple statement is surprisingly difficult to execute, especially in a 90-minute aural performance. However, uncle and nephew due Peter Chand and PKCtheFirst were the embodiment of this notion; they employed a huge variety of performance tropes to deliver their stories. […]

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My year abroad experience: Sophie Whitehead in Delhi, India

Delhi wasn’t my first choice of Year Abroad location – nor was it my second, or even my third for that matter. My idea was that I was going to live the high life in Berlin or Amsterdam, with my International Exchange application essentially an afterthought. A couple of months later I had an offer […]

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Triumphs and tantrums: the Man Booker Prize returns for its 49th year

With a simple promise of choosing the best original novel in the opinion of its judges, the Man Booker Prize will be awarded this month for the 49th time in its history. As the most prestigious UK literary award, it is a great way to shed light on some of the best recent releases which […]

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Do students receive enough support at the start of university?

The process of applying to university is confusing, convoluted and relentless. It’s not surprising, therefore, that the prospect of eventually ending up there can exist merely as a conceptual haven, the light at the end of a (seemingly ceaseless) tunnel. For all its preparatory steps, Ucas is ironically negligent when it comes to informing us […]

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Irvine Welsh and Robert Carlyle host talk, ‘Grim, nasty, and fun – Begbie’s back!’

Irvine Welsh and Robert Carlyle: ‘Grim, nasty, and fun – Begbie’s Back!’ was recently hosted by Usher Hall as part of their Book Festival. Although Edinburgh’s Book Festival is usually reserved for the crowds during the Fringe, when you’ve got such high profile guests and a film to promote, it seems exceptions can be made. […]

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Gilliamesque

Writing autobiography can be a perilous activity. The decision to write one in itself may be seen as a narcissistic proclamation of self-assured success, explicitly showing an awareness that people want to pay money to read about your life. Terry Gilliam is in no way ignorant of this; instead, he embraces the bizarre concept, ridiculing […]

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Nabokov in America

Admittedly, biographers do not have an easy job – writing an entire book about one person’s career requires such serious dedication that is unimaginable to most. Often, though, the results are an impressive collection of material and very informative, many lack the appeal of readability, instead being densely packed with information. As such, one might […]

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Our Best Attention

Despite my doubts after attending the launch of Jane Tulloch’s debut novel, Our Best Attention, I attempted to remain impartial before reading it. It is difficult to reserve judgement, having been provided with such in-depth information about the novel and author before reading. However, my doubts about the book before reading were confirmed, and I […]