Culture



I rewatched all the Twilight movies in a day, and I have some questions…

18th February 2022

Katherine takes a trip down memory lane, examines the Cullens with a more critical lens but contends they are still camp fun! Most of us older Gen-Z kids will remember the iron tight grip Stephanie Meyer and Summit Entertainment somehow had over thousands of us in the late 2000s. Many of us moved on as ...


Trainspotting…the musical?

18th February 2022

Helena Geddes introduces the hotly anticipated adaptation you didn’t think would ever happen. Trainspotting is set to get a new lick of paint after Irvine Welsh recently revealed his plans to turn the infamous novel into a West End musical. Welsh himself will be taking the lead in the adaptation, collaborating with songwriting partner Steve ...


Should we judge a book by its cover?

16th February 2022

Leah Hart examines how far aesthetics matter when it comes to choosing a book. The act of buying or borrowing a book must inevitably be predicated by a judgment of its worthiness. This judgment will either need to be quick – if perhaps you are late for coffee with a friend and something caught your ...


From the page to the stage: capturing the essence of books in screen adaptations

15th February 2022

Divya explores what is gained and lost when translating between different mediums: literature and cinema/television. *Spoiler alert* Content warning: Suicide My standard response after watching several adaptations of great books has long been: “The book was better.” However, the 2020 series Normal People served to challenge that view by being nearly as good as the ...


Where are all the statues of women in Glasgow?

15th February 2022

Melanie Goldberg guides us through the few statues of women in Glasgow, and offers suggestions for those who deserve equal commemoration.  Glasgow is often revered for its artistic reputation, a fact emphasised by the fair share of successful alumni from the Glasgow School of Art. Another notable aspect of Glasgow is the abundance of statues. ...


A toast to Sondheim and his contribution to musical theatre

15th February 2022

In light of his recent passing, Micaela reflects on the prolific career of musical genius Stephen Sondheim. It’s impossible to look back at the state of theatre in 2021 without honoring the passing of Stephen Sondheim. Discussing modern musical theatre in general is impossible to do without acknowledging the impact of Sondheim’s work. Mentored by ...


The RSC’s Afrofuturistic Much Ado About Nothing faces backlash

15th February 2022

Artistic director Erica Whyman speaks up on the racist comments after the performance’s cast was announced. The Royal Shakespeare Company’s upcoming production of Much Ado About Nothing, the bard’s classic comedy of love and divided loyalties, will take on an Afrofuturist style, and star an all-black cast. This has led to some backlash, and comments ...


A literary guide to Valentine’s Day

14th February 2022

Leah Hart talks us through the best love stories to accompany you this Valentine’s Day. With the return of February, we once again meet that blessed day of romance that follows the gloomy month of January. With midterms looming and a higher likelihood of being hit by Covid’s arrow than Cupid’s, what better time for ...


The essential rom com guide for Valentine’s viewing

14th February 2022

Lucy offers a mini dissertation on the romantic comedy, discussing its winning components and her top 15 picks, so you have some viewing variety for this 14th February.  The romantic comedy is an institution in film that works primarily to elicit joy, and yet it is often plagued by senseless calumny. I routinely wonder: do ...


Portrait of a Scottish Artist: Alasdair Gray

10th February 2022

Writer Jackson Harvey warmly discusses his experience with the esteemed Glaswegian artist and writer, Alasdair Gray. I went to get on the subway at Hillhead and held up a queue at the gate. Dead ahead of me was this quote, “ALL KINDS OF FOLK”. It had “Birds of Paradise”, “Lucky Dogs” and “Head Cases”, each ...