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Edinburgh’s cosiest corners to curl up with a good book

Here are the top five places to read in Edinburgh – that are not the National Museum Balcony Cafe, because if we are honest, it is pretty, but it is expensive and the chairs are not comfy. Libraries Reading? In a library? How novel (sorry). Libraries are one of the only places left where you […]

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Culture Literature

Golden Hare Short Story Club

Edinburgh is lucky enough to benefit from numerous independent bookshops, including Lighthouse Books, the Edinburgh Bookshop, Transreal Fiction, Armchair Books, and Golden Hare Books. This bookish community is growing from quietly cosy places to curl up with a book, to one which can attract hundreds of ‘interested’ clicks on Facebook. Author events, book readings, book […]

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Culture Literature

The Student’s top five literary masterpieces for LGBT+ History Month

It’s February 2019 and the gay agenda is out in full force. It is a time to celebrate our queerness, contemplate our history, and think about the work we still have to accomplish. But since it’s also February, however, it would be handy if we could accomplish all of this from our beds. Don’t worry, […]

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Culture Literature

Breaking News: What’s happening to modern journalism?

We are, for the first time in modern history, facing the prospect of how societies would exist without reliable news,” Alan Rusbridger writes in Breaking News. He is, of course, referring to the onslaught of fake news which will be forever connected to Donald Trump. But why don’t we believe the news we read anymore? […]

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Culture Literature

Bridget Lawless on the Staunch Prize

Violence against women is everywhere; in our lives, and as a vastly overused trope on our screens and in our books. It is exhausting for women and non binary people to face this onslaught of violence in such an integrated way in popular culture. It is for this very reason that Bridget Lawless, a screenwriter […]

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Culture Literature

She Chose Me

Crime thriller novels about intense, passionate, obsessive relationships are not uncommon. But novels about these relationships being shared in a familial context, between a mother and a daughter, are less common. She Chose Me is a recently published crime thriller set mostly in London, featuring a dual narrative shared by two characters who are equally […]

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The Neapolitan Novels – Elena Ferrante

When Taylor Swift is occupying our minds with her drama, it is hard to think about much else. It is also hard to consider that drama on Swift’s level could occur anywhere else: much less in the literary world. However, last year, contemporary literature underwent a scandal on comparable levels. ‘Elena Ferrante’ is the pseudonym […]

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Editorial

All degrees should be held with great pride: don’t discourage the artists

Teacher, philosopher, aspiring writer, barista?  What does the future hold if you study an arts degree? As a history student, I have been asked many times about the £36,000 of debt I have signed up for in exchange for four years of dusty books and no job. I have met prejudice in the past and […]