Culture



Retelling ancient myth in modern times

22nd February 2021

The Emperor has never looked so good. From literary retellings to stage adaptations, from art and cinema to poetry and metaphor; the one collection of stories to which the western tradition is perhaps most indebted is Greek mythology. Stories of gods and heroes told millennia ago still echo strongly in the popular culture of today. ...


Locked down but loved up

13th February 2021

Valentine’s Day can be just as romantic in the home as it is outside. No matter what your view on love having a designated spot on the calendar is, you have to admit that whenever we hear “February 14” it brings to mind crowds and empty bottles of wine on the bottoms of gondolas all ...


Pop culture over the pond

11th February 2021

Cultural tastes on American soil may not be as familiar as you’d expect. When I first arrived in the UK from America, I expected there to be a lot of cultural differences regarding media consumption, such as differing tastes in music, television series, films and literature. However, the more I spoke with my Scottish friends, ...


Exploring p(r)opaganda, because biases aren’t just present in the news

10th February 2021

From Marvel to Call of Duty, pop culture is rampant with varieties of propaganda. Propaganda is everywhere. We see fake news posts on social media all the time, hear about fake Facebook accounts and Russian bots influencing elections, but we’re too smart to fall for it – aren’t we? We can separate the truth from ...


Gorbals street art: Your space or mine

14th January 2021

 Interview with artist Molly Hankinson Your space or mine is an initiative organised by Jack Arts. The main aim of this itinerant project, which has seen the participation of nine cities across the UK, is to bring art to the streets through poster campaigns, transforming the urban landscape into a free and inclusive outdoor art ...


Musicians, Masters and Contracts: Oh My

14th January 2021

We explore the warped power dynamic behind record companies and the creation of contracts which bind their creative control; ownership of music; and even free will. Is it time for an end to these sell-your-soul-to-the-devil contracts? Or should young artists know what to expect? Kanye West has recently brought to light the fact that many ...


Musicians of Glasgow Uni: Pete from The Runaway Models

14th January 2021

In this edition of our Musicians of Glasgow Uni series, we catch up with History student Peter Visocchi from up-and-coming, high energy, Glasgow-based punk band The Runaway Models. Originally from Fife, The Runaway Models’ music is loud, unapologetic and oozes the punk attitude of the DIY scene in the 70s. Definitely a band with big ...


Review: Industry

11th January 2021

Ed Fernandez takes a look at the new BBC drama series. Industry is a programme that somehow manages to keep you entirely distressed while you watch it, and yet you crave every sweet second. If someone five weeks ago had told me a programme about graduates at a finance company could be such a potent ...


Pretty Preachers Club: “We’ve made all our music ourselves at home… DIY musicians have boomed over lockdown.”

11th January 2021

Music Editor Jodie Leith is joined by Hannah Berry and Martha McKay from Glasgow-based band Pretty Preachers Club to discuss their unique status as a DIY, lockdown-formed band, their debut EP Going Nowhere Fast and the ambitious plans the duo have in store. Logging into Zoom on the first day of the second official lockdown, ...


MA in Creative Writing: are the fees worth it?

11th January 2021

Margaret explores the pros, the cons, and the alternatives to a Creative Writing post-grad. Say you enjoyed creative writing in school, so much so that you wished to become a writer. The thought “pick something sensible” leads you to English Literature, but after four years of studying it, you still feel that there’s more to ...