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Poem of the week: Down by the Salley Gardens by WB Yeats

Play me the musical version of ‘Down by the Salley Gardens’ and you are guaranteed to see me in tears within seconds. I fell in love with the words of WB Yeats while studying for my A-levels. I couldn’t believe that such effortlessly lyrical combinations could exist. Published in 1898, ‘Down by the Salley Gardens’ […]

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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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Springtime reads for all your procrastination needs

Revision season is upon us, and now more than ever is the time to pick up a good book and forget the impending doom of our final exams. Despite the mountain of course reading they’ve yet to do for their degrees, our writers proudly present what they’ve been reading over the Easter break below. Heartburn […]

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Lent 2019: a time to give up bad habits and adopt good ones

With Shrove Tuesday (pancake day) having just passed, the time to start thinking about Lent is here. Originally a Christian tradition, Lent has long been associated with fasting. In recent years, this tradition has morphed into the giving up of something indulgent but not necessary, for example, chocolate. Lately, however, taking something up instead of giving […]

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Students should engage with the upcoming elections

To many students, the Edinburgh University Students’ Association elections are nothing to write home about. Each year, a handful of members of the student body go head-to-head for the chance to win one of the positions on offer. However, the results seem to not have much of an impact upon the general campus consensus. Even […]

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On celebrity feminism

Type in the word feminist on Google and a whole host of celebrities appear, from Lily Cole to Shailene Woodley and even Benedict Cumberbatch. These days, the two words feminist and celebrity would appear to be synonymous with each other. Time and time again, we hear of famous women speaking out about their feminism and […]

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Introducing: Zadie Smith

The author of prodigious works such as White Teeth and On Beauty, Zadie Smith is a big name in contemporary fiction. Smith’s novels deal with issues of race, identity and friendship, weaving together characters who are complex, relatable and fascinating. Hailing from London herself, most of Smith’s novels are set in the British capital. Smith […]

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Pumpkin-spiced reads for all your autumnal needs

As Halloween has been and gone and Edinburgh rapidly gets chillier by the day, it’s hard to ignore the rat-tat-tat of winter at the door. To celebrate the final month of the autumn, we asked our writers which books they recommend cosying up with this November. We strongly suggest enjoying them with a roaring fire […]