Review | Phyllida Barlow at Royal Academy

I’ve collected driftwood from beaches for years. A particularly large piece hangs by the door to my house. Every time I enter, my fingertips brush along smooth and rough edges— and for a moment, I can hear the rush of water and waves against wood, the grating of sand and against its surface. The potential […]

Extract | The Governesses by Anne Serre tr. Mark Hutchinson

Anne Serre (tr. Mark Hutchinson) The Governesses ‘One less,’ thought the elderly gentleman to himself as he folded up his telescope. This one wouldn’t be wriggling about anymore, this one would never do anything unexpected again. He’d learn nothing more about her from the dress she was wearing, the locks of her hair, her way […]

Essay | I Go Away To Talk To Myself by Sinead O’Brien

Sinead O’Brien I Go Away To Talk To Myself A trip has the same quality a Friday has. Everything ahead. It’s like having your back against a wall and there being no past only possibility and choice to contemplate. Today is Friday and I am setting off for Berlin, alone. Before I went to sleep […]

Review | Faust at the Royal Opera House

Faust, the epitome of grand French opera and Gonoud’s masterpiece returns to Covent Garden in this fifth revival of David McVicar’s production. The opera tells the story of Faust, who we meet as an old man about to kill himself, and the devil Méphistophélès who changes his mind by getting him to sell his soul […]

Review | Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation Prize 2019 at The Photographers’ Gallery

Each room immerses the viewer in the artist’s expert documentation. We are encouraged to do more than just observe the photographs; the emphasis seems to instead be on understanding the subject matter more thoroughly. This might invite visitors to spend more time in each room, each photograph acting as a window to an individual history. […]

Review | Bindlestiff by Wayne Holloway

2036. In a ramshackle, backwater United States, Marine Corps vet Frank Dubois journeys from L.A. to Detroit, seeking redemption for a life lived off the rails, in a country derailed from its own manifest destiny. In present day Hollywood, a wannabe British film director hustles to get his movie ‘Bindlestiff’ off the ground starring ‘Frank’, […]

Review | WITCH by Rebecca Tamás

In her latest collection, WITCH, Rebecca Tamás explores the triumphs and oppression, the strengths and weaknesses, the power and the fears that generations of women embody. Released to coincide with the pagan festival of the Spring Equinox, WITCH brings the modern woman into a sacred and safe space where nature, feminism, eroticism and philosophy blur […]

Review | One Thing by Xanthi Barker and The Prick by Mazin Saleem

Xanthi Barker’s One Thing and Mazin Saleem’s The Prick are the second and third of the Open Pen Novelette series, coming after Shitstorm by Fernando Sdrigotti. The books in the series are all wrapped in Pierre Butin’s stylish minimalist designs, but this is where such minimalism ends. From the first page both stories make for […]

Review | Counterpoint at the Stanley Spencer Gallery

Considered one of Britain’s most significant artists Stanley Spencer is famous for his singular vision, but Counterpoint sets out to demonstrate that he was part of a zeitgeist which spawned some of the greatest artists of the twentieth century. The Stanley Spencer Gallery is devoted to the work of one of Britain’s greatest painters, a visionary […]

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