Petty In Pink: Stuart Semple on Anish Kapoor, Vantablack, and ownership in the Art Industry

Stuart Semple is an artist whose work is known for his bold, eclectic pieces that examine aspects of contemporary society. He also creates many large scale public projects, such as Something Good, which saw him come here, to Oxford, to give away 1000 limited edition printed balloons which raised awareness for egg donation. Despite currently travelling around […]

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Profile: Selasi Gbormittah, King of Chill

The Great British Bake Off may have ended, but the love for contestant Selasi Gbormittah definitely hasn’t. Despite coming fourth, Selasi made TV (and internet) fame, and has now over a hundred thousand followers on Instagram. I spoke to Selasi over the phone about the Bake-Off, Dampfnudels and motorbikes. Selasi’s love for baking started at […]

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Profile: Tim Parks

Between seventeen novels (most recently Thomas & Mary, a Love Story), a selection of literary criticism and non-fiction, talks spanning several continents and a post as Associate Professor of Literature and Translation at IULM in Milan, Tim Parks is likely qualified to answer questions on more subjects than I could realistically stretch into what at […]

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Profile: Michael Eavis

Passing Michael Eavis on the street, you might not think he was the man behind one of the world’s largest and most successful music festivals. Over 125,000 people descend upon Worthy Farm every June, but Glastonbury – which began in 1970 – has much humbler origins. Arriving at the Oxford Union in his signature shorts […]

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Unmasking Andy McNab

Speaking face-to-face with Andy McNab is a surreal experience. The former Army and SAS soldier who found fame with his memoir Bravo Two Zero, written just after the 1st Gulf War, has always taken secrecy extremely seriously. So to see this writer de-masked was perhaps the reason why the Oxford Union’s Library was overflowing with […]

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