The Full English Festival returns for a second year

Month: May 2015

The Full English Festival returns for a second year

This week sees the return of UKC’s Full English Festival, a joint venture between two English societies that celebrates English in literature and culture. Now going into its second year, the Full English Festival has been organised by members of the English Literature and Creative Writing Societies. Beginning on 1 June and spanning over the following four days, various events will be held on campus by top journalists and leading academics. Many of these will be held in the Full English Festival marquee, which will be located outside of the Templeman Library, and all of the events will be…

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Review: Beautiful Town Music

On one night every month, the Gulbenkian hosts a night showcasing some of the most promising local artists through Beautiful Town Music. This time, Jake West, Eden Circle and Orfila took to the stage. Max Beckett reports.   Jake West Jake West expertly provided his stripped-back, ambient, acoustic music with the help of celloist, pianist and girlfriend Eleonora. The simplistic instrumentation only further emphasised the quality of his songwriting, and their harmonies mixed with the chilling hum of Eleonora’s cello set an intense, dreamy atmosphere. For a university undergraduate, West finds a surprising amount of time to record and publicise his music, with two…

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5 classic novels to get stuck into this summer

With the last few weeks of exam season approaching, summer is almost upon us. This means that there’s now time for us all to pick up some of the books that we didn’t have time to read during term time, whether it’s an old favourite or even a new read for you. Here are my top five novels to get stuck into this summer… 1. The Tempest by William Shakespeare This may be a baffling choice to many, after all, a play is meant to be watched and not really read. However, I would make an exception for this…

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Review: Battle Royale

Website Editor Natalie Turco-Williams reviews Battle Royale as part of Curzon’s Mavericks and Vanguards collection. Think Hunger Games meets the world of manga in this high school horror. Enter Battle Royale, or otherwise known as the BR Act, where adults randomly select a class of students each year and send them to a deserted island to fight till the death until only one student is left. But don’t think this is anything like your average Dystopian teen film because this flick is all about the gore. Each death ends with blood, screaming and some Game of Thrones style beheadings….

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Round-Up of CUFF 15: The Canterbury University Film Festival

Cerys Thomas and Manon Charles look back on the Canterbury University Film Festival, which took place at the Gulbenkian over the weekend. Saturday To start the festival off, Harry Taylor discussed Transgender representations in film as part of Off the CUFF, a series of talks hosted by industry professionals. In an abandoned lecture theatre, Harry Taylor opens his discussion about Transgender representation with a screening of his film, Silent T, which recently featured at the Cannes Film Festival. Throughout, Taylor poetically imparts his experience of battling with his own gender identity. “Gender, for many, is not what it seems” Taylor clarifies at one…

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