Arts at Brainchild: An Interview with Lily Bonesso

Brainchild, set up by a group of friends in 2012, is a festival popping with creative attractions. Held in July at the brilliantly eccentric Bentley Wildfowl and Motor Museum, whose beautiful steam train puffs and toots on a railway track which circles outside the festival space, Brainchild really is one of a kind. Unlike at […]

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Dinner Arty Conversation

Need To Know • Alt Lit or Alternative Literature is an ill-defined genre that bases itself around a social media community. With a heavy focus on a self-publication, contrived oddity and, er, quinoa, Alt Lit usually uses poetically sparse language and functions within a self-consciously contemporary society with links to Buddhism and Taoism. ‘ I Livetweeted […]

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The writers that failed at Oxford

Reckon you’re going to flop finals? You’re not alone. Phoebe Williams and Rebecca Roughan chart Oxford’s most successful failures. Evelyn Waugh “You spend the first term at Oxford meeting interesting and exciting people and the rest of your time there avoiding them”  So intently did Waugh try to avoid his contemporaries that he actually dropped out […]

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Culture for Dummies: An introduction to Gothic Architecture

“The Gothic cathedral,” wrote Ralph Waldo Emerson in his Essays, Of History, “is a blossoming in stone subdued by the insatiable demand of harmony in man.” Gothic architecture is a style that originated in twelfth century France and lasted into the sixteenth. It was known during the period as “Frankish work”, with the pejorative term […]

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Culture for Dummies: Tracey Emin’s My Bed

Tracey Emin’s My Bed holds more significance than its success in engendering countless, glib remarks about the trite which is contemporary British art. Although arguably not a whole lot more. She was shortlisted for the Turner Prize in 1999, Britain’s annual prize for visual art awarded to an artist under 50 years old. Rather unfortunately […]

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