The Final Act

A peck on the cheek will sometimes suffice. Some prefer a handshake, a wave, a referendum or a conscious uncoupling, whilst others simply vaporise ...

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Steamy Season

Last week, an older woman came into the shop, looked me square in the eyes and demanded that I order in a copy of the instructional S&M manual,...

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Birthday Cake, the Best of a Year, and Gratitude

For fifty-two Sundays, I’ve Googled everything from “CBD for Dogs” to “Brain Hemorrhage shots”. I’ve written about the Edinburgh Fringe, Punk, Robo...

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Sleep and the 24/7 exhibition at Somerset House

On Thursday 17th January at 23:59, I counted the day’s remaining seconds awaiting the release of Mura Masa’s new album Raw Youth Collage to h...

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The Magic of Cultural Mediators

In some ways, the best work is hinged on the dizzying sensation we feel upon completion. It’s the mist that descends when you finish greedily...

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Ditching New Year’s Resolutions For Cultural Intentions

I am here, happier, heavier and back at my desk wearing clean socks and elasticated trousers, with pockets full of empty Lindor wrappers. Betwixtma...

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The Gifts of the Magi

As King Elvis prophesied in his 1964 crooning canticle, it looks like we’re having a Blue Christmas after all. Politics is the Dickensian spectre o...

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Cultural Retreats

I’ll be the first to admit that I signed up to the short story course in part to procrastinate sitting down and writing. Truth be told, I also had ...

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Cultures of Confinement

I’m told that Shoreditch once epitomised the coolest district in the capital. Maybe I’ve lived in South East for too long, but there’s someth...

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A Return to a Love of Letters

 From the erudite expressions of Sylvia Plath to the abrasive exclamatives of small-handed dictators, Elinor explores the history of letter writing...

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The Legacies Culture Leaves Behind

I have a practical outlook towards the end of my life – harvest my vital organs! Cremate the rest of my worthless giblets! To ensure that thi...

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Halloween

It is the time of year where ‘Brain Hemorrhage’ shots, webbed accoutrements and tepid, gourd-spiced milk creep back into our peripheral vision. Whi...

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Tricks and Treachery

When we are tricked, deceived, or taken by surprise, we float momentarily in a temporal space that resides between realities, dithering somewhere b...

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Cultural Tribes

“I’m conducting some offhand anthropological research into fan cultures,” I explained between sips of a Yorkshire brew, “And, helping my sister fin...

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Regarding The Pain of Artists

Writing in the wake of a near-fatal accident and taking inspiration from Emily Dickinson, Christina Crosby considers the temporal disruption of her...

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Prized Culture

Inking in his 1987 LRB diary, the novelist Julian Barnes mused that, “the only sensible attitude to the Booker is to treat it as posh bingo.” Darti...

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Word Games

In theory, I’m a keen sportsman. In theory, I’m a ripped athlete. In practice, I don’t possess an ounce of the vein-popping competitiveness require...

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An Education

September is the month of reinvention, new chapters and open doors. Historically, the Romans believed that the month was overseen by their god of f...

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A Treatise on Tote Bags

When I’m not feeling weighed down from the mental load of multiple jobs, unpaid bills and loud neighbours, I like to indulge in frenzied, maniacal ...

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What’s so great about the Fringe?

It wasn’t until I left Devon’s hedgerows that I discovered theatre in a ‘cultural’ capacity. Sure, the Queen’s Theatre in Barnstaple offered a vari...

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