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Edinburgh International Improv Festival: Abandoman and Spontaneous Potter

Edinburgh, famously the location of the Fringe Festival and renowned hub for the arts scene, has surprisingly never had any festivals solely celebrating the art of improvisation. This year, the Edinburgh International Improv Festival has finally come into existence, with four days full of events such as performances, workshops, and free improv jams. The opening […]

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Culture Literature

Book Week Scotland Poetry Slam

‘Read. Rebel. Repeat.’ The theme of Book Week Scotland this year is ‘Rebel’, perfectly captured by this annual poetry slam event. Upon entry to the Netherbow Theatre, an enthusiastic, lively atmosphere greets the audience. The host of the event, Sian Bevan, injects an immediate burst of humour and energy through the theatre, sending waves of […]

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Culture Literature

Can we improve our mental health by reading more?

In today’s world, many people use escapism as a means to get away from our sometimes harsh reality. Reading books is one of the most conventional forms of escapism, transferring the reader away from mundane routine to an alternate  existence. This retreat from everyday life certainly must impact our individual mental health, often for the […]

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Culture Literature

Scotland and Ireland: Warriors and Wild Women

Celtic folklore is laden with stories of strong and ferocious warrior men and women. John Hamilton impeccably brings these characters to life, intertwining the tales of the men with those of the strong Celtic women of the time. Hamilton first enters the lower theatre of the Scottish Storytelling Centre with a bodhrán in hand, enchanting […]

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Art Culture

Backwoods and Boulders performance at Talbot Rice Gallery

Backwoods and Boulders is a live performance of creative writing based on Lucy Skaer’s sculpture series ‘Sticks and Stones’ in her exhibition The Green Man at Talbot Rice Gallery. The performance, like the exhibition, is based on the ideas of translation and rumour. ‘ Sticks and Stones’ consists of eight pairs of sculptures made from […]