Award-winning student poet Theophilus Kwek discusses the ocean, identity, and poetry

Safer Waters: Writing from a Distance It’s summer again, and I’ve been thinking about the sea. I often wonder if growing up on an island has meant that I can hear its siren call even here, in landlocked Oxford: a low foghorn sounding up the Thames, rattling the boathouses. Its undertow can be strong, too […]

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Review: The International Man Booker Prize Shortlist

This year’s international man Booker prize shortlist offers a glittering array of intense, often disquieting and always refreshing fiction. These acclaimed works of translated novels are each uniquely singular. Compass by Mathias Énard (France), translated by Charlotte Mandell (US) Mathias Énard is a darling of the French literary canon, winning a series of prestigious Prixs- […]

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Student Poetry: ‘In Memoriam’, composed in the remembrance of the Manchester bombing

In Memoriam   Mother Is crouching looking for her lost children Wondering whether she even had them Knowing that she did and in the grasp of The emptiness remembering the softness Of their cheeks remembering                   OH The hardness that is the emptiness but still She holds on in the terror in the ongoing go […]

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Alberto Giacometti at Tate Modern: ‘I paint and sculpt to get a grip on reality’

In the first large-scale retrospective of his work in the UK in 20 years, Tate Modern exhibition of Giacometti charts his creative development throughout his turbulent lifetime. Alberto Giacometti is one of the most significant artists of the twentieth century, with virtuoso command on different mediums ranging from plaster, wood and bronze sculptures to paintings. […]

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Exhibition: Eduardo Paolozzi at Whitechapel

As one gets off the Tube at Tottenham Court Road Station, it is virtually impossible not to notice the colourful (or ‘in-your-face’, depending on your colour tolerance) mosaics populating the walls. They were created by Eduardo Paolozzi in 1982-84, and were meant to be a ‘surprising constellation of objects and ideas’. The retrospective running until  14th May […]

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Children’s Laureate Chris Riddell talks politics, poetry, and pictures

Children’s Laureate Chris Riddell brought a unique performance to Chipping Norton Literary Festival this week, delivering his personal style of talk through the medium of drawing.  The talk was unusually structured by Riddell answering questions posed by the audience by drawing out his answers sat at a small desk. His working process and final illustrations […]

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