“I opened a bottle of wine, lit my pipe and wrote down anything that came into my head”. That is how the nameless and solitary narrator of Heavy Years, a repressed poet, tries every evening to leave behind his tedious … Continue reading The Risk of Absolute Solipsism: Augustus Young’s Heavy Years never quite captures the interest of the reader. Lucie Rondeau du Noyer is not impressed by Augustus Young’s new autofiction.
Call the Midwife is perhaps the BBC’s most unexpected long-running series of the 2010s. A cynic might be forgiven for asking, “But who would want to tune in to a guaranteed hour of women screaming and babies crying every week, … Continue reading Crying Out for More “Call the Midwife” What “Call the Midwife” has cracked is a recipe for introducing change while appearing to stay the same.
The first thing that strikes you about Brian Maguire’s paintings is how familiar they seem. Anyone who has merely glanced at the news in recent years would easily recognise Aleppo. This alone is a sobering fact. The paintings in the … Continue reading War Changes Its Addresses: The Aleppo Paintings @ IMMA Jess Cloake attends Brian Maguire’s exhibition at IMMA, praising it for its honest and powerful representation of Aleppo in crisis.
The intertwining of athleisure and sophistication has been brought to the forefront of today’s fashion, challenging style to remould itself around contemporary youth culture. A revival of sportswear, last seen in the early 2000’s appreciation of brands such as Juicy … Continue reading Front Square Fashion’s Dearbháil Kent blends “athleisure and luxury”. Deputy Fashion Editor Christopher Cash speaks to Dearbháil Kent about her style choices.
Creatively unrestrained newcomer Eden has taken the electro-pop scene by storm. Gaining attention after a mention from Melodrama queen, Lorde, Eden’s following has grown exponentially. The Irish singer song-writer, also known as Jonathon Ng, moved from EDM to indie pop … Continue reading Irish singer-songwriter Eden has “taken the electro-pop scene by storm” with his debut album Vertigo Staff Writer Sophia McDonald reviews Eden’s debut album Vertigo.
Murder of Crows employs familiar devices – delinquent pupils, a mysterious grandmother, and a trip to an eerie forest – to draw the audience into a world that is at once both recognisable and enigmatic. There is nothing inherently unique … Continue reading Murder of Crows @ The Project Art Centre explores bonds of womanhood Deputy Theatre Editor Lauren Boland reviews Murder of Crows at The Project Art Centre.
In his 1995 book, The Five Love Languages, Gary Chapman delved into how each person demonstrates love, and how they in turn would like to receive it. The book was a phenomenal success, with many psychologists giving it scientific validity … Continue reading What is Your Native Love Language? Each person tends to have a primary and secondary love language. It is also quite rare that both partners would speak the same one – isn’t life so exciting already setting barriers to love from the start?
Before the production of John Osborne’s seminal piece Look Back In Anger had even began, the anticipation in the Gate Theatre was rife with opening night anticipations. It is a play famed for coining the term “angry young man”, a … Continue reading Look Back in Anger @ The Gate is anger at its finest Theatre Editor Amyrose Forder reviews The Gate’s continuing foray into dark themes of misogyny and abuse.
Let’s get real for a minute: there’s nothing sexier than old Roman martyrs or Geoffrey Chaucer. Valentine’s Day as we know it is a product of the Victorians. Twee, gilt cherub-and-chapel-encrusted greeting cards boomed because, in 1840, the British postal … Continue reading The Marvellous History of Valentine’s Day A romp through the annals, from the Romans to romance.
They call it ‘Cuffing Season’ – the period from early December to late February – as in, if you’re together, you stay the duration or you’re an asshole. Let’s not be coy: it’s as much about capitalism as it is … Continue reading Obligatory romance and codified heterosexuality: Why I hate Valentine’s Day
It often feels hard to escape the onslaught of red love hearts and bright bouquets of roses that February brings. However, Valentine’s Day is as good an excuse as any to look at some ‘lovey-dovey’ paintings for want of a … Continue reading “In Bed, the Kiss”: An intimate and accurate portrait of love Despite the dominant role that the theme of love plays throughout the world of art, one rarely finds representations of a strong connection shared between two people that captures their feelings for one another in a down-to-earth and domestic setting.
Celebrating their 30 year anniversary, River Island has launched a campaign honouring diversity with the tagline “Labels Are For Clothes”. Collaborating with international anti-bullying charity Ditch The Label, the high street brand is encouraging their consumers to reject social conventions … Continue reading Labels Are For Clothes with River Island’s New Campaign Although featuring a diverse range of models, inclusive of all ethnicities, genders, sexualities and body sizes, the campaign fell rather short in truly attempting to remove labels from our society