Fiction | Jane Campbell — Schopenhauer and I

Robots could help solve social care crisis, say academics
In the UK alone, 15,000 people are over 100 years of age and this figure will only increase. The robots will offer support with everyday tasks, like taking tablets, as well as offering companionship.
— BBC News, 30th January 2017

Review | Mnemic Symbols by Andrew Hodgson

It’s a familiar, yet uncanny feeling we all know; like waking up in a hotel you’re sure you’ve never stayed in before, and yet, there is something recognisable and common to its aesthetic—the slight metallic sensation to the touch of the sheets; the tilt of the crimson bed side lamp. Not quite a streamlined déjà […]

Essay | Heaney At Home by Simon Tait

Simon Tait Heaney At Home Seamus Heaney’s brother Hugh sums him up better than anyone. “Seamus’s feet never left the ground”, he says, “and you could nearly say he never left Bellaghy”. He did leave and since the mid-1970s had lived in Dublin, but he was such a frequent visitor it’s as if he was […]

Review | The Governesses by Anne Serre, tr. by Mark Hutchinson

In a large country house enclosed by a gold-gated garden, three young governesses are responsible for the education and general well-being of a group of adolescent boys. Inside, the governesses are willed into reason, order and a melancholic calm by the authorial Monsieur Austeur and his timid wife. But in the chaos of the ethereal […]

Review | We’ll Never Have Paris ed. Andrew Gallix

“The failure of the English revolution… is all around us: in the Westminster constitution, in Ireland, and poisoning English attitudes to Europe”. — London, Patrick Keiller, 1994 There is a scene from Julien Temple’s 1980 mockumentary of The Sex Pistols The Great Rock ‘n’ Roll Swindle, where Sid Vicious, recently dead bass player of the […]

Review | Twenty Theatres to See Before You Die by Amber Massie-Blomfield

“You can take an empty space and call it a bare stage”, Amber Massie-Blomfield opens her book with this evocative statement and thus begins the journey she takes the reader on, inviting us to join her on her escapades to discover Britain’s “most astonishing and unexpected theatres”. As a theatre lover, I like to think […]

Review | Billy Budd at Royal Opera House

For the first time in almost twenty years, Benjamin Britten’s Billy Budd returns home to the Royal Opera House in this co-production with Rome and Madrid, directed by Deobrah Warner and designed by Michael Levine. The story, based on the Herman Melville novel of the same name is about the HMS Indomitable, captained by Captain […]

Poetry | Trapeze by Layla Benitez-James

Layla Benitez-James Trapeze A rabbit might be taken away from a butcher by two different people and prepared separately; I mean, the structural integrity of my days has been compromised— one woman  may take my legs and heart; I mean, a man, ——————————————————————-who grew up on the cold North Sea might take my chest and […]

Review | Henry Moore: Influences and Influenced at Connaught Brown

Henry Moore has had an insurmountable influence on contemporary art. A new exhibition at Mayfair gallery Connaught Brown — Henry Moore: Influences and Influenced — sheds a light on the artist’s influences, and the artists who have subsequently drawn upon his approach for their own practice. With many of his works appearing in major galleries […]

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