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The Purple, White and Green: The Story of the Scottish Suffragettes

This Tuesday 6 February marked the hundredth anniversary of the first women being granted the right to vote, and the Scottish Storytelling Centre paid homage to this in characteristically original fashion. ‘The Purple, White and Green: The Story of the Scottish Suffragettes’ promised to be an evening of storytelling infused with historical facts. Its ultimate […]

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Book Week Scotland: Hunger Pains: Foodbank Britain with Kayleigh Garthwaite

With a theme as broad as ‘Nourish’, Book Week Scotland has hosted a number of events marking the intersection between food and literature. Nestled within the programme Lighthouse Bookstore’s typically unconventional event, hosting Kayleigh Garthwaite as she discussed her book Hunger Pains: Life Inside Foodbank Britain. To an intimate audience, Garthwaite explained the rigorous process […]

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Radical Book Fair Launch: Shami Chakrabarti on Women

“I believe the meaning of life is other people”, claims Shami Chakrabarti upon launching the Radical Book Fair with her talk ‘On Women’ to a sold-out audience on 16 November. Such a statement would, from the average person, run the risk of sounding like a vapid cliche, but Chakrabarti – former director of Liberty, a […]

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How Not to Be a Boy

Robert Webb stays true to his comedic roots with How Not to be a Boy. In what is perhaps best described as a memoir-with-an-agenda, the book sees Webb look back on his life so far. He discusses his most important moments and how they have been shaped by the pressures of masculinity. Throughout even the […]

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The rise of essay mills reflects the realities of student life

Recent years have seen an increase in students seeking new and, in some cases, morally questionable methods in a bid to achieve better grades. For example, the rise in popularity of the ‘smart drug’ over recent years, in which students have been ordering modafinil and other cognitive enhancers from dubious online sites in order to […]