Nadal out of the Australian Open

Today the Australian Open confirmed what Rafa fans have feared for some time. “I am sorry and very sad to announce that I will not play in the Australian Open”, the eleven times Grand Slam Champion has said. Tennis fans around the world have missed having Nadal on tour, ever since his shock defeat to […]

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Christmas comes early for Arsène?

The world of football is a fickle one. After embarrassment at Bradford some were calling for Arsène Wenger’s head. Yet victory last week at Reading caused some of the dissension to simmer. Saturday’s victory at Wigan papered over the cracks, but the jury for Arsène and his team is very much still out. An issue […]

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Short, snappy reads with The StoryGraph

Oxford’s newest student-run publication, The StoryGraph, was launched recently this past July. The StoryGraph is a quarterly e-publication, showcasing the creative writing of university students from around the world. Although The StoryGraph focuses primarily on short stories, its “Brunch Reads” section provides a space for “short, snappy reads”—whether in the form of a poem or […]

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The Vorrh is unleashed in Oxford

A Cyclops called Ishmael, a hunter called Tsungali, and a great looming mythical forest all come to the fore in an exciting new book that is to be released first Oxford this week, written by Brian Catling, a poet, sculptor and professor at The Ruskin School of Fine Art. The launch will include a performance and […]

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#twitterfiction

The Guardian recently challenged a selection of authors to use the contracted platform of Twitter to write a story. They had only 140 characters to manipulate into whatever snippet of fiction they liked. The results then served both to entertain and question, what exactly are we now calling literature?  These snippets often appear as fragmented […]

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Thinking Inside the Box

Chris Ware’s Building Stories reminds me of the board game Cluedo, where a house is opened out after Dr Black’s body is found. Only in this version of Cluedo there isn’t a murder; instead, the subject is life. On opening Ware’s box you can see life mapped out in fourteen comics – newspaper-like broadsheets, magazines, […]

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International Poetry Competition, Live Canon

On the 21st, the winner of the biennial 2012 International Poetry Competition by was announced from a shortlist of 24 poems, all of which were performed by the Live Canon ensemble in Greenwich Theatre, London. Live Canon is an ensemble of professional actors who perform poetry, often accompanied with live music. Helen Eastman, an Oxford […]

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