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Poem of the week: ‘The Circle Game’ by Margaret Atwood

It’s more difficult than ever to stay connected with people and run from the isolation that has been imposed by our current lockdowns and social distancing. But while the COVID-19 pandemic has distorted our ways of living, removing physical touch from the way we function, it has also allowed us to critique old behaviours and […]

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Two winners, one prize, and a lot of controversy: the Booker Prize blunder explained

The Booker Prize for Fiction, love it or hate it, is a big deal. Not only is it highly prestigious, but publicity gained from winning the prize can generate a significant boost in sales: Milkman, by last year’s winner Anna Burns, sold almost 10,000 copies in the UK alone in the week following the win. […]

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Poem of the Week: ‘They Eat Out’ by Margaret Atwood

Like many, I was first introduced to Margaret Atwood’s remarkable way with words via her prolific and groundbreaking novel, The Handmaid’s Tale, adapted as an acclaimed television series in 2017. But it is through her poetry that I have really understood her mastery of language. Atwood’s work is often labelled as feminist and this poem […]

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Introducing: Margaret Atwood

It is a rare and wonderful thing to find a writer who is as dazzling in person as she is in print. Canadian novelist, poet, inventor, environmental activist and general badass Margaret Atwood is one such writer. If you have yet to read anything by her (boy, are you in for a treat), drop everything […]

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Margaret Atwood: the legacy that will live long past her own lifetime

You know a writer is an indisputable legend when it is not a matter of trying to fill a 1,350 seated theatre, but rather finding a way to manage the disappointment of many who could not get a ticket. And it was not even her first time to visit Edinburgh, for Atwood has done similar […]

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Stone Mattress

Quite simply, the regular and intense satisfaction that Margaret Atwood offers her readers in Stone Mattress makes this book a suitable antidote to grey January days or the perfect start to any a-book-a-month resolutions that have been made. Reaching nine endings whilst having read one book is nothing but rewarding. The conquest aside, this collection […]

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Atwood probes society’s absolutist assumptions

Atwood’s genre of writing is difficult to define. Dystopian? Feminist? Sci-fi? Or some kind of hybrid that includes all of the above? Such versatility and adaptability was apparent in her talk to Edinburgh’s Assembly Rooms this Thursday. Her opening joke regarding her fear of ‘agitating Scots’ – who had taken to Twitter to demand a […]