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Creative Writing Culture Literature

The Inner Life of an Ordinary Closet

Everyday, closets are open and shut, with their doors swinging to the hurried push and pull gestures of the hands. I have always only cast cursory glances at my closet—always relegating it to the lowest rungs on the list of things that deserve my attention. Today, feeling particularly adventurous, I decided to look into it—only […]

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Creative Writing Culture Literature

Creative Writing: The Everyday Orchestra

We all have heard this question: How was your day? Irrespective of the vast differences that characterise our daily routines, we always answer the question in the same manner – We describe our daily lives through an amalgamation of narrative devices: we list out our chores, recreate our movements, recall our to-do lists and describe […]

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Culture Literature

Favourite reading spots: getting uncomfortable

The context in which we read a book can often heighten the experience – the words on the page become infused with the memories of when and where you were at the time. When I’m home I prefer to read in the Front Room, when everybody else is busy doing whatever it is they do; […]

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Lifestyle

Salutary scribbling

I usually have a certain procedure while writing articles. It’s research, first draft, more research, edit draft, title and submit. This article however made me debunk this routine because writing is such a personal art to me. I kept track of the all of the writing that I do in a day, sans this article […]

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Culture Literature

‘Beautiful wordsmithing’: Escape Routes review

Escape Routes is the debut book by Naomi Ishiguro, a recent graduate  of Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia. This alone may serve as a reason to read this book (her father, Kazuo Ishiguro, and Ian McEwan are among East Anglia’s esteemed graduates), but fortunately for us, there are many other reasons to […]

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Voices

Generations

Content warning: mentions death and self-harm The scene is set: there is a room, with white walls, and nothing but a white bed with white sheets, and there the central object: my grandfather. He lies there dressed in white, with a red mark somewhere around his stomach. I don’t know how much of this is […]

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Creative Writing

Undergraduates

There’s an ancient capital town we have found a tiny space in, between the sandstone tenement buildings and the cobble stone roads, and the tourist-filled corner shops we visit and buy shortbread from, and the coffee shops we meet in once a week, twice a week, three times; earl grey sipping, we make sense of […]

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Creative Writing

Three poems for Resistance

LETTER HOME The night of nights approaches From somewhere bright with day No score is left to settle, the games are left to play. The lull of lemon zanies, On fruitcake fields of gray, Delights the doldrum downing A screaming gleam away. Be near and still, be silent, There is no spell to tell, And […]