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Culture Literature

Edinburgh: a book lover’s tour

As covid restrictions are finally gone, it’s a wonderful time to explore our city and some of the unique resources and sites available in our UNESCO City of Literature. For those of you new to town, and to those a little bit more settled, hopefully, this quick guide offers you something to discover and a […]

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‘Creativity is not born in a vacuum’: Elders and Poetry discussed at Lighthouse

The sentiment that ‘every writer is first a reader’ is one that we’re all somewhat familiar with. It is a universally acknowledged truth that every writer has drawn inspiration from those writing before them. Thus, each generation of writers plays a pivotal role in shaping and influencing the succeeding generation; founding an intricate and intimate […]

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Film Reviews

The Lighthouse

From a screen of thick grey fog, a light slowly fades through, before a barren island comes into view. Two lighthouse keepers, long-time master Thomas Wick (Willem Dafoe) and new recruit Ephraim Wilson (Robert Pattinson) are sailing towards their shift. Enticing them to the only land in sight, the lighthouse will soon render them completely unmoored […]

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Culture Literature

What is the role of radicalism in Edinburgh’s literary scene?

The buzz of interested brains, the engagement and undivided attentiveness of open minds is palpable in the audience at Assembly Roxy on the bustling third day the Radical Book Fair 2019. In its twenty-third year, the book fair is thriving, with this year’s theme of ‘Radical Hope’ guiding a programme packed full of empowering content […]

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Radical Book Fair: ‘Should I be afraid’? Richard Seymour on his new book, The Twittering Machine

Radical language intimidates us easily. Defined by bold characterizations and hyperboles, it echoes throughout Richard Seymour’s book The Twittering Machine. That “we are all addicts” is only one of the many controversial things claimed by the chapter titles. Late on the final day of the Radical Book Fair, the author himself appeared in a live […]

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Radical Book Fair: Priyamvada Gopal on her new book, Insurgent Empire

A diverse crowd mills through the book stalls at Lighthouse’s Radical Book Fair, vending forward-thinking literature from new voices as well as beloved authors – illustrated children’s stories on Greta Thunberg to the works of Engels are on offer, an indication that  the event is truly radical. The crowd fills the seats rapidly in anticipation […]

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Radical Book Fair: Feminist Horror Night

Lighthouse Bookshop’s Radical Book Fair presents Feminist Horror Night in the Assembly Roxy. Originally a church, the venue not only helps to create the eerie and spooky mood, but its historic features and stone pillars help highlight the traditional tropes of a gothic horror setting. Accompanying the creepy atmosphere is blue stage lighting, a stylistic […]

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Exploring Edinburgh’s Bookshops: Lighthouse, a space for all your radical needs

You don’t even have to enter Lighthouse Bookshop to guess at its political leanings. A sign by the door declares that the shop is an “activist, intersectional, feminist, antiracist, LGBTQ community space”. The scattering of books in the windows cover topics from feminism to immigration to witchcraft (personally, I was most intrigued by a book […]