The Kingdom of Books

Image description: Crowded stacks of second hand books Some places are just special, stamped with a cosmic seal of approval which is felt by anyone who visits: Hay-on-Wye is one of those places. Located in Powys on the border between England and Wales, Hay, or Y-Gelli Gandryll (‘the shattered grove’) as it is known in Welsh, […]

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Review: Checking Out

Image description: Paper shopping bags against mint background with the title ‘Checking out’ above. Checking Out produced by Orange Script Production and written by William Heath is styled as a ‘comedy-drama which follows the beginnings of the unlikely relationship between larger-than-life, mid-forties shop assistant Julie and recently-widowed octogenarian Elsie’. It is, however something much more […]

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Bittersweet symphony: ‘Glasthomebury’ and the rise of the virtual festival

Image description: a large crowd and colourful flags in front of Glastonbury Festival’s Pyramid Stage The world-renowned Glastonbury Festival attracts 200,000 seasoned festival-goers and newcomers alike to its home in Pilton, Somerset, every year. While well-accustomed to the odd ‘fallow year’ to allow the site’s land to regrow, the festival first opened its gates to […]

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An ode to Fever

Image description: black silhouettes in front of a purple lit club room The pulsating music sweeps in and crashes like a sonic wave breaking on the beach of Oxford night life. The multicoloured lights shimmer and swirl, fading from greens and blues to red and pink hues. In a disjointing contrast the disco floor throbs […]

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A Bucket List for now

Image description: Hand writing a list in a notebook The etymological emergence of the term “bucket list” has a surprisingly short and uneventful history, peeking in a failed blockbuster and ending in an unintended yet enduring idiomatic legacy. Released in the notorious year of 2007, Rob Reiner and Justin Zacham’s The Bucket List follows the […]

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Lighthouse

 Image Description: A lighthouse visible in the evening light    The light near my tiny bedroom is always on. Darkness surrounds me, except for the presence of that light. Accompanying me to sleep every night. That is my lighthouse here in Oxford.   I feel as if I am no longer lonely. A subtle desire […]

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I am encountering you

Image Description: A young woman reads by candlelight in a dark room.    Different modes of conversation have entirely different effects. How does one situate continuous daily conversation in the context of artistic research? How does one make the phrase ‘understand others’ accessible and narrow down the word ‘others’? I look to my surrounding friends. […]

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Practising self-care when failing in a PhD scholarship application

Image Description: Person in a robe and facemask against a purple background, confronted by several extended hands   “I am sorry that your PhD scholarship application fails……” Ouch…. another heartbreak, another scholarship failure. How many scholarships have I failed? How many rejections have I got? How many denials have I been facing, so far?   […]

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Slow death

Image Description: a fading potted plant against a painted red background    Didn’t take a good shot of you when I saw you on Thursday. Met you in Sainsbury’s, Enchanted by your beauty, I kept saying “you are so beautiful”, my heart trembled, I kept saying “you are so beautiful”.   I held you tightly […]

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