Category: Arts & Culture

Conkers by Laurence Edmondson

It was the autumn of 1996. The rust-crowned sycamores and horse chestnuts of Thornton-in-Craven were bathed in a thick morning mist. A light frost kissed the windowpanes of the old houses and bungalows, and the sheep of the surrounding farmland shuffled invisibly about the damp, sloping fields. Behind the woods to the north of the

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FILM REVIEW: Vivarium

vivarium /vʌɪˈvɛːrɪəm,vɪˈvɛːrɪəm/noun noun: vivarium; plural noun: vivaria an enclosure, container, or structure adapted or prepared for keeping animals under semi-natural conditions for observation or study or as pets; an aquarium or terrarium. I had to look up the meaning of Vivarium before watching Lorcan Finnegan’s second feature film, as due to Marvel’s dominance over the

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Interview: Director Adam Egypt Mortimer on Daniel Isn’t Real

Daniel Isn’t Real was one of the star attractions at last year’s 20th Anniversary Frightfest. The film, directed and co-written by Adam Egypt Mortimer, stars Mile Robbins as Luke, a very troubled young man. Struggling to cope with his everyday life, he finds himself reconnecting with his imaginary friend Daniel (Patrick Schwarzenegger), but Daniel isn’t

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Alligators At Night by Meg Pokrass

To do this book justice, I’m going to have to keep it short and sweet – keep it flash! If I were to delve into this flash fiction collection too much, talk too long, and too detailed about each story held within, it would in fact ruin the readers experience of what is a stunningly

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Normal People by Sally Rooney

I can’t remember the first moment Sally Rooney came onto my radar. One minute, I knew nothing about her. The next, I was hearing her name everywhere. As soon as I picked up Normal People, I realised Rooney was the author I didn’t know I needed. If she isn’t yet on your radar, she should

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BOOK REVIEW: The Penguin Book Of The Contemporary British Short Story edited by Philip Hensher

As fans and stalwarts of the short story – I have to say that it was an absolute pleasure to get to review this sublime collection from Penguin – ‘The Penguin Book of The Contemporary British Short Story‘. From the outset you get the feeling that this is a special book, the copy I had

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ARTICLE: A Fantasy Threesome by Joseph Surtees

And now our watch has ended… Yes, Game of Thrones, the TV series, has come to an end. They’ll be no more dragons, white walkers or gratuitous nudity on our screens for a while. Well, at least two of these anyway. You’re probably already suffering withdrawal symptoms. Soon all that will remain is the memory

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BOOK REVIEW: Find Momo Across Europe by Andrew Knapp

This little book is perfect for sitting on a small coffee table. The photography is so beautiful you could just sit for an age flicking through the pages. Find Momo Across Europe is a lovely photographic journey across the Mediteranean, Europe and Britain. If anyone has visited any of these places you will recognise them

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BOOK REVIEW: Ruin’s Wake by Patrick Edwards

‘Ruin’s Wake imagines a world ruled by a totalitarian government, where history has been erased and individual identity is replaced by the machinations of the state. As the characters try to save what they hold most dear – in one case a dying son, in the other secret love – their fates converge to a

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BOOK REVIEW: Flames by Robbie Arnott

When it comes to the canon of literature, Australian writers do not get nearly enough credit. This review is my effort to change that. For Tasmanian author Robbie Arnott’s Flames is an ambitious and powerful example of magical realism, in which the author explores the nature of grief and family bonds in ways they have

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