In The Margins

As any good reader will know, the art of the instinctive scribble cannot be restrained or planned. To deface the undoubtedly limited supply of glorious print texts is, for a bibliophile, sin. Yet it is within this sin that the texts of Oxford are awash. Indeed, some would argue that this instant scribble is a […]

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Interview: Nigel Warburton

For a number of years now, philosophers and defenders of spoken-word philosophy David Edmonds and Nigel Warburton have been creating a warm cocoon of soft-spoken intelligence, available to download for those who otherwise, like me, would not have been able to dabble in the world of philosophy. Edmonds and Warburton’s original vision was simple: “to […]

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Ruskin Profile: Angus Steele

My name is Angus Steele i’m a second year at the Ruskin. Here I am making a video. It is captured using a camera and sound recorder, compiled and edited on a laptop and viewed via a projector. I stop, and I realise that none of this technology would exist without almost everything except Art, […]

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Review: The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton

‘Who is the architect, the miniaturist or me?’ This question, which is asked midway through the novel by its main character, eighteen-year-old Petronella Brandt, reverberates throughout the strange and immersive world of Jessie Burton’s The Miniaturist. The setting is late seventeenth-century Amsterdam, during the booming years of the Dutch sugar-trade industry. ‘Nella’ has entered into […]

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From the Horse’s Mouth

So- what is spoken word, and how do we get some? Spoken word is essentially performance poetry- it’s all a bit blurry round the edges, and kind of a mishmash of rap, monologues and poetry, but it’s usually one person on a stage waxing lyrical about something or other. Am I selling it well enough? It’s […]

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Ruskin Profile: Callym Cooke

Tell us a bit about yourself? My name is Callym, and I’m a 2nd year Fine Artist at St Hugh’s. My artistic interests cover a wide range of topics, spanning from my explorations of time as a social construct last year to my current obsession with the heat death of the universe, but one thing […]

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Review: Samantha Shannon

Last Thursday, Oxford welcomed back one of its own. In the sunlit Sheldonian, publishing wunderkind Samantha Shannon took the stage in conversation with Andy Serkis and his Imaginarium Studios co-founder Jonathan Cavendish to discuss her highly anticipated second novel, The Mime Order, and what lies ahead for the recently-optioned Bone Season film.

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Independent Bookstores

In the current publishing climate, with anxiety over the role of the physical book and the physical bookstore, the literary community is constantly vigilant. Every week, it seems, brings a new voice to the debate waged in blogs, newspapers, and magazines alike: what is the future of the bookstore? How can the public support them? […]

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Pembroke Gallery Opening

In seventh week of this term, the Pembroke College JCR Gallery will open its doors to the public for the first time in its history. In doing so, it will join the coterie of Oxford’s ‘secret galleries’, most of them hidden within colleges, or down side alleys across the city.

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