Review: Exeter Contemporary Open 2017

With artistic knowledge limited to a GCSE in art and having (rather ashamedly) a slight tendency towards responding to contemporary art with the kind of hostility that gives way to muttering “I could have done that” under my breath, I was naturally surprised at the excitement I felt upon entering the Exeter Phoenix and being…

Impress Prize for New Writers 2017 Winner

The winner of the Impress Prize for New Writers of 2017 has been announced and we at Razz want to congratulate Roberta H. George for her winning novel The Day’s Heat! “Set in the early sixties against the backdrop of impending national integration, the novel follows Lea James, a dark-skinned, Catholic, Lebanese girl who comes…

Why You Should Join Razz Magazine

Are you a creative person with a passion for writing? Then Razz Magazine is the society for you to join. As Exeter University’s only Arts & Lifestyle magazine, our articles cover theatre, music, literature, baking, travel, and fashion pieces. Whatever your interests are, we are bound to cater to them. We always want to hear…

City Breaks: Edinburgh

In one of the most beautiful countries in the world, Edinburgh stands tall as a hub of creativity surrounded by Georgian and Gothic architecture. Never losing its charm, Edinburgh and its cobbled streets will always be a city I am happy to return to time and time again. It’s magical and no wonder JK Rowling…

Mango Mania: Recipes to try this summer

by Emily Stearn Mango Mojito Pancakes (Serves 4) To combat the traditional British summer rain we’re experiencing at the moment, I’ve got two summery and healthy recipes for you to try. Both include mangoes and limes, which are in season at the moment, are super adaptable, and are perfect for both rain and sun. The…

Winter Poetry Collection

Here is a collection of poetry written by students at the University of Exeter, all inspired by the theme of ‘winter’. Thank you to the Dead Poet’s Society for a lot of these contributions. This is in addition to the two poems selected in our print magazine which were Bebe Ashley’s “the water will take…

Review: May-We-Go-Round?

The Hiccup Project, a new theatre and dance company founded by real-life best friends Cristina MacKerron and Chess Dillon-Reams, brought their debut piece May-we-go-round? to the Exeter Phoenix last Tuesday. Cristina and Chess first met at school and growing up together they have experienced everything from first loves to heartbreaks. After finding an old diary…

Paddon Award Competition Countdown

Paddon Award Competition Countdown! Get your skates on! You’ve got just over a week to get your entry in for the Paddon arts award. It’s open to students, staff and alumni of the University of Exeter not working in the professional arts. Entries are invited in creative writing, visual arts, film and musical composition on…

Creative Corner: A Sea Story

God does not reply to letters. I learnt that at the age of seven, waiting for my father to come home. The nights were dark and long and cold, and I wrote by the light of a candle in my tiny back bedroom as I listened to the swell of the sea below. It was…

An Evening of Poetry by Women of Colour

Last night I witnessed artistic talent in the purest of forms as young poets took to the stage, mixing their words with their passion to create an evening of thought provoking impact. I had never been to a poetry recital before, so when I saw that the University’s Feminist society was holding an event in…

Writer Interview: Phen Weston

Phen Weston is a writer based in North Devon. His beautiful book of poetry, ‘The Silent Balance’, has recently been published, with all royalties going towards a very special cause. Razz interviews him about his work process, inspirations and aspirations. (Photo credit: twitter) How long have you been a writer? That is a good question….