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Killing God – ‘His Dark Materials’ and ‘The Book of Dust’

Children's fiction? Perhaps. Yet in few kids' books that I’ve read do the protagonists attempt to kill God. Published a year after children began...

“Britain’s rich literary tapestry”: art and UK Black History Month

In the spirit of Black History Month, I’d like to take a moment (or several) to put a spotlight on the works created by...

Nobel prize in literature 2017: Kazuo Ishiguro receives award

Having chosen, amidst considerable controversy, to award last year’s Nobel prize in literature to singer-songwriter Bob Dylan, those waiting for this year’s announcement were...

LGBT+ artists to celebrate post-Pride Month

It’s been 50 years since homosexuality was partially decriminalised in the UK and, in the wake of Pride Month, there’s no better time than...

It’s not about the music anymore: Glastonbury from another perspective

The economy of human hedonism; people pass in droves innumerable. They flatten in colour over the horizon as I look through the flaps in...

The pen is mightier than the screen?

Sometimes technology doesn’t always win. It was recently reported that ebook sales in Britain are dropping at an alarming rate, with the sales of...

Free the nipple: a lesson in life-drawing

When I first considered modelling for a life-drawing class, I was pretty gung-ho about it all, and emailed into the University’s Art Society to...

The Boat Shed

There is something truly magical about the Quay on a bright, clear evening. After winding your way down through the hustle and bustle of...

‘I Name This Mountain After Him’: The Poetry of Leonard Cohen.

One of the most tragic events of 2016 – and that, believe me, is saying something – was surely the passing of Leonard Cohen....

Let’s Talk “The Effect”

Sex, drugs and breakdowns,” publicity manager Rowan Keith responds when I ask her to describe “The Effect” in three words. Without hesitation. And she’s...