Oliver Shrouder

Creative Writing, Venue

Gone for Good

I was convinced she would have come back,             (even though she had tucked our spaniel pup             into the back of her Ford, caged up next to              her bedside radio, shaped like a fridge             bundled corduroy shirts, denim skirts,             a mirror punctured with the prongs of a fork,             her toothbrush and spitefully mine) until I found…

Creative Writing, Venue

The Attic Head

The ceramics teacher wanted to make mothers of us, ‘Make yourself in your image,’ and we all got to work, squeezing these wet slabs, pressing, thumbing, stretching lids over eyes, strands over scalps, building a mirror from the dust that layered every hand.   Back from the kiln, the ward, its birthing heat, and I…

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Sports Team Gig Review

Sports Team is a six-piece indie rock band from Cambridge, brings its swathe of indie revival to Norwich. To see them in concert is perhaps best summarised by the words of the vocalist himself, stating ‘you’re young, you’re engaged, I just play stuff and you mosh to it.’ Each song carries a tongue-in-cheek tone, always…

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Concert culture: manners maketh moshpit

On 5 November 2019, the classic rock band Feeder, most well-known for the songs Buck Rogers and Just a Day, played at the LCR to a mixed crowd, though consisting mainly of older male non-students. During the set the band was met with an uproarious crowd, swelling in enthusiasm as they began to focus more…

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Heavy Lungs @ Wild Paths Festival

Good evening Nottingham! These were the unforgettable opening words of four-piece Bristol band Heavy Lungs. Loud enough to provide earplugs before the gig even begins, the peaceful fairy lights of Voodoo Daddy’s showroom, contained within a wooden birdcage, seemed almost absurd in their peacefulness. As soon as the set began, the crowd was swamped in…

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