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Open Hearth: Full Moon

With Edinburgh’s early evening darkness fully underway and buffeting winds becoming the common denominator of all walks through the city, the coming of winter doesn’t seem far away at all. But, before official hibernation commences, there is still time to gather around a fire – or electric heater – and tell stories to fight off […]

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Culture Theatre

Cyprus Avenue

Content Warning: Racial Slurs, Suicide, Domestic Violence Can someone be in two places at once? What is Ireland’s authentic cultural identity? Is it appropriate to find humour in turmoil? How dark can dark comedy go before it is simply just dark? David Ireland’s Cyprus Avenue follows Eric Miller, a staunch Unionist who is convinced that […]

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Culture Literature

Book Week Scotland: Scribbles in the Margins: 50 Eternal Delights of Books

When temperatures dip below zero and the sun seems to set before it’s even completely risen, a long, cold walk to the National Library of Scotland might not seem the most inviting idea. However, at this stage of the year any chance to leave the library is a blessing, and yes, I  realise the irony […]

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Theatre

Introducing: Sarah Kane

It has come to my attention that most current artistic media outlets are used primarily to switch off, disconnect, and disassociate from our lives. Television allows us to completely disengage from ourselves, comfortably happy to watch people on television, sitting down for an evening to watch ‘people just do nothing’. Theatre, however, plays by a […]

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Culture Literature

Book Week Scotland: Night Shadows

Though Halloween has slipped into collective memory, no one can deny Edinburgh is a city of the Gothic persuasion: one only has to look at the architecture to tell, and the tradition is never far from Edinburgh’s cultural mind-set. To acknowledge this, the National Library of Scotland entreated the public to ‘an evening of songs, […]