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Stay With Me

How much can love endure? Ayòbámi Adébáyò’s first novel Stay With Me follows a young couple’s passionate romance and slow estrangement as they endure the hardships that can come with marriage and children. This novel has a surety of voice and an inventiveness of narrative that outshines many older and more experienced novelists. Yejide fell […]

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Blackwell’s Presents: What makes a book rare?

Bring Andrew Hunter a book from 1900 and he might scoff. Hunter, an antiquarian bookseller from Blackwell’s in Oxford’s Rare Books department, trades only truly old and rare books. His talk at Blackwell’s as part of the Rare Books Festival (20-30 March) detailed what it is for a book to be considered valuable by booksellers […]

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Culture Literature

Crucifixion’s A Doddle

How much do you know about Jesus’s crucifixion? There was Jesus nailed to a big wooden cross next to two criminals also being crucified . . . right? According to Julian Doyle, editor of Monty Python’s Life of Brian, this common conception might be far from the truth. By re-examining the four Gospels’ narratives of […]

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Art Culture

Pointlessly Long Undescriptive Title by Poor Art*

What’s in a name? The current exhibition by cooperative Poor Art* defies easy explanation with its intentionally unhelpful title. While not confining themselves to any one theme, the artists manage a kind of unity through the funny and shocking atmosphere their works create. This collection of sculptures, combined with other mediums like illustration and photography, […]

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Culture Literature

111 Places in Edinburgh That You Shouldn’t Miss

Given that you’re reading The Student, you probably live in Edinburgh—so why would you buy a tourism book about Edinburgh? You’ve curated your own list of favourite spots in town and learned to avoid the tourist-trodden motorway of Edinburgh Castle and the godforsaken hell that is the pavement outside the Elephant Café during lunch hours. […]

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Culture Literature

“The Times They Are A-Changin’” – Bob Dylan and the Nobel Prize for Literature

Bob Dylan’s words rang true when the Nobel Foundation decided to award the Literature Prize to the iconic songwriter, whose only outright contribution to literature was his experimental prose poetry work, Tarantula, published in 1971. The outcome has been polarising within both the music and literary industries, as fans of Dylan are conflicted by the […]

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Beatlebone

John has “inarguably placed himself in fucking Ireland again”. Travelling through County Mayo in 1978, his attempts to get to his small island off the coast are constantly thwarted. Whether it is a country pub in the wee hours, or a derelict hotel inhabited by a screaming sex guru and his young followers, the meandering […]

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Library is Open! Drag Poetry Poems at the Scottish Poetry Library

On Thursday 28 January a small audience congregated in the Scottish Poetry Library for an evening of poetry, lipstick, and platform heels. “The Library is Open: Drag Queen Poems” is an exploration of poetry on a theme more commonly associated with the lip-synching and competitions seen on RuPaul’s Drag Race. The poetry performed was not […]