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The Purple, White and Green: The Story of the Scottish Suffragettes

This Tuesday 6 February marked the hundredth anniversary of the first women being granted the right to vote, and the Scottish Storytelling Centre paid homage to this in characteristically original fashion. ‘The Purple, White and Green: The Story of the Scottish Suffragettes’ promised to be an evening of storytelling infused with historical facts. Its ultimate […]

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Book Week Scotland: Hunger Pains: Foodbank Britain with Kayleigh Garthwaite

With a theme as broad as ‘Nourish’, Book Week Scotland has hosted a number of events marking the intersection between food and literature. Nestled within the programme Lighthouse Bookstore’s typically unconventional event, hosting Kayleigh Garthwaite as she discussed her book Hunger Pains: Life Inside Foodbank Britain. To an intimate audience, Garthwaite explained the rigorous process […]

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Radical Book Fair Launch: Shami Chakrabarti on Women

“I believe the meaning of life is other people”, claims Shami Chakrabarti upon launching the Radical Book Fair with her talk ‘On Women’ to a sold-out audience on 16 November. Such a statement would, from the average person, run the risk of sounding like a vapid cliche, but Chakrabarti – former director of Liberty, a […]

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How Not to Be a Boy

Robert Webb stays true to his comedic roots with How Not to be a Boy. In what is perhaps best described as a memoir-with-an-agenda, the book sees Webb look back on his life so far. He discusses his most important moments and how they have been shaped by the pressures of masculinity. Throughout even the […]

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Tongue Tied & Twisted – Indian Tales; Contemporary Twist

As is claimed on the Scottish International Storytelling Festival website, ‘storytelling is play’. This seemingly simple statement is surprisingly difficult to execute, especially in a 90-minute aural performance. However, uncle and nephew due Peter Chand and PKCtheFirst were the embodiment of this notion; they employed a huge variety of performance tropes to deliver their stories. […]

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Triumphs and tantrums: the Man Booker Prize returns for its 49th year

With a simple promise of choosing the best original novel in the opinion of its judges, the Man Booker Prize will be awarded this month for the 49th time in its history. As the most prestigious UK literary award, it is a great way to shed light on some of the best recent releases which […]

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Gilliamesque

Writing autobiography can be a perilous activity. The decision to write one in itself may be seen as a narcissistic proclamation of self-assured success, explicitly showing an awareness that people want to pay money to read about your life. Terry Gilliam is in no way ignorant of this; instead, he embraces the bizarre concept, ridiculing […]

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Our Best Attention

Despite my doubts after attending the launch of Jane Tulloch’s debut novel, Our Best Attention, I attempted to remain impartial before reading it. It is difficult to reserve judgement, having been provided with such in-depth information about the novel and author before reading. However, my doubts about the book before reading were confirmed, and I […]