Review: A Clockwork Orange

Set in a dystopian England of gang violence, authoritarian rule and Russian-influenced slang, A Clockwork Orange follows the story of teenage delinquent Alex, who asserts himself the only way he knows how – by being nastier than everyone in the world around him. The play follows his demise: from life as an erratically aggressive gang…

New Year’s Resolutions: From Clichés to Costa

“…Hope smiles from the threshold of the year to come, Whispering ‘it will be happier’…” – Alfred, Lord Tennyson It’s all well and good saying that you’re going to go to the gym three times a week starting January or that you’re going to avoid taking trips to Costa between lectures but, as most students…

A Christmas Tale: Reads to get you through the festive season

A short list of festive reads, most of which are candy for the brain, but after all, it’s Christmas! Let It Snow by John Green, Lauren Myracle, and Maureen Johnson I read Let It Snow last year during the Christmas holiday, and to be honest, I wasn’t expecting much. I had read John Green’s other,…

An Exeter Christmas in Pictures

The Christmas season has arrived! So whether you are spending it camped out in the library, with housemates and friends, or at home, wherever in the world that may be, here are is a beautiful slideshow of photographs of Christmas in our special city, by Erin Coyle, for you to enjoy.

Books You Should Be Putting On Your Christmas List

‘Read widely and with discrimination, bad writing is contagious’ – P. D. James   Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro In my opinion Ishiguro’s best novel. The Nobel Prize winner’s darkly twisted tale of a strange boarding school in 90’s England is a powerful and deeply evocative story that makes it, though I deplore the…

The Exeter Christmas Market on Cathedral Green

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas, especially if you have had a chance to stop by the Exeter Christmas Market on the Cathedral Green this month. if you do decide to drop by, come with an appetite because there’s a variety of food, sweets and more to indulge in. When you first enter…

Review: Ciaran Austin & Cantaloupe Island @ Cavern

Think of Bon Iver, Kanye, Frank Ocean and 70s disco, all different genres, but imagine them in one song. In this budding age of music, it is hard to find anything original and unique. However, I discovered a new mix of authenticity when I went to see Ciaran Austin & Cantaloupe Island in Cavern. This…

Review: The Correspondents & Krafty Kuts @ Exeter Phoenix

I rushed into the venue 10 minutes late and found myself on an empty dance floor. In the shadows was a lone DJ, not mentioned in the program, who I had never before heard of. As someone who was expecting Krafty Kuts, or even The Correspondents straight out of the gate, being taken to one…

Preview: BSO ‘An Artist’s Reply’ @ The Great Hall

Featuring arguably the three greatest Russian composers in history, the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra have set themselves the ambitious task of bringing the music of all three together in one concert, tonight. These are a suite from Sergei Prokofiev’s Romeo & Juliet, Sergei Rachmaninoff’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, and Dmitri Shostakovich’s fifth symphony. This…

Preview: The Correspondents & Krafty Kuts Concert @ Exeter Phoenix

I listened to The Correspondents’ first album Puppet Loosely Strung again recently so I could try describe what they sound like. It is something like a flamboyant Broadway actor bemoaning a failed love affair in an empty portion of the London Underground. The songs start out like retro swing only to twist out into snare-heavy…

Review: BSO ‘Smooth Classics’ Performance @ The Great Hall

If, by any chance, you were attending the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra’s ‘Smooth Classics’ concert after reading my preview, you would have been as surprised as I was to read the programme and discover that my preview was entirely useless to you. The final running order bears no resemblance to the order I had advertised, and…

Review: Home is Nearby by Magdalena McGuire

Recently published by Impress Books, a local Exeter publishing house, Magdalena McGuire’s debut novel also won their Impress Prize for New Writers in 2016, and is a captivating and powerful coming-of-age story set against the backdrop of the twentieth-century Communist state. Telling the story of Ania, an art student in Wroclaw, McGuire’s novel paints a…