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Fringe 2022: Alok Review

A beautifully written, honest performance that holds up a mirror to society and asks profound questions about the human condition.

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Culture Literature

Event review: Discussion on Virtual and Other Realities at Push The Boat Out

A ‘Discussion on Virtual and Other Realities’ seemed like the perfect event to go to as I tried to wrap my head around some reading on NFTs, and how a cryptopunk now sells for millions of dollars. How is this relevant to reviewing a poetry festival? We’ll get to that in a bit. Last week, […]

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Culture Literature

Poem of the week: ‘Dandelions’ by Hollie McNish

When a friend tells me they’re questioning every decision they’ve ever made and that they’re tumbling down an existential rabbit hole, rather than offer practical advice, I send them this poem. Generally, it seems to help. DANDELIONS (written aged 30) For mum and your advice: ‘I love you to the moon and back, Hollie But […]

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Art Culture Literature

Event review: Exposure at the Scottish Storytelling Centre

Sight. Spatial awareness. Hearing. My senses are opened to the excitement and intimidation that our natural world offers. Andy Metcalf and Giles Perring’s immersive installation ‘EXPOSURE’ encapsulates the rawness of human expression in parallel to the beastly nature of landscapes.  An interdisciplinary approach offers a surrounding of the Earth’s natural, inviting and intimidating sounds and views. […]

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Culture Literature

Bringing poetry to life: introducing Edinburgh’s newest festival

Molly McCracken speaks to Push The Boat Out’s Julia Sorensen about what we can expect from Edinburgh’s first International Poetry Festival – and why poetry still matters. Can you tell me about how the festival came to be, given that there’s never been a poetry festival in Edinburgh? Push The Boat Out is the first […]

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Culture Literature

The unspoken feminism of Marianne Moore

Prior to the Women’s liberation movement of the 1960s, poetry was an occupation dominated by men. The progress feminism has made in recent years makes it difficult for contemporary readers to comprehend the oppression that characterised women’s lives in the early twentieth century. A woman did not have a separate legal identity from her husband, […]

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Art Culture

A Nautical Adventure into the World of Ian Hamilton Finlay

Although summer has long gone here in Edinburgh and the sun is starting to set far too soon, there will always be sunshine and salt breezes at the Marine | Ian Hamilton Finlay exhibition, open at the City Art Centre until 3 October. But out of the many themes prevalent in Finlay’s works, why the nautical theme? […]

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Culture Literature

Poem of the week: “Begin” by Brendan Kennelly

This academic year begins just as the Fringe Festival closes for the first time in two years. Walking around the city the week before freshers – despite there being a hum of excitement in the air – there was a distinct sense that something important had ended. The grass of George Square was muddy, the […]