Music / 20/07/2021 What does the cancelling of festivals mean for the future of live music?

2020 brought hardship to all live music venues. Music festivals however, were particularly hard hit, with all scheduled events last year having to be cancelled. Despite promises that festivals would be able to see their stages filled by summer 2021, many organisations feel they have, once again, been left in the dark. Recent cancellations by...

Music / 20/07/2021 How important are lyrics in music?

An interesting question, and one I’m sure many have an immediate answer for.  Are lyrics more important in certain genres rather than others? Do they improve the song? Or are they always necessary?  It’s difficult to know where to begin but I’d argue lyrics have a high degree of importance in music.  Initially, melody is...

Gaming, Venue / 20/07/2021 Making the Most of Your Nintendo Switch

Like many people, I fell into the trap of buying a Nintendo Switch during the first lockdown. At the time, this seemed like an excellent purchase. However, once my Animal Crossing island looked relatively full, my Switch was soon cast aside and left on my desk to collect dust for the rest of the year. ...

Books, Venue / 20/07/2021 Reading in Times of Covid-19

There’s a common sentiment amongst many bookworms that they miss that childhood feeling of reading book after book, undistracted, watching the pile of completed reads growing beside them. With adult life, this pastime often gets side-lined by our busy schedules and, irritatingly, by the consistent urge to check Instagram every few seconds.  Yet the pandemic...

Music / 20/07/2021 Muse – Origin of Symmetry Turns Twenty

Earlier in June, Muse’s sophomore album Origin of Symmetry celebrated its twentieth anniversary. This marked twenty years of the futuristic, dystopian project which has not only become a trade mark in Muse’s discography but also cemented itself as a classic in the hard rock genre.  To begin to understand this album, it is important to...

Film, Venue / 20/07/2021 The Upside to Inside: A Look Into The Potentials Of Post-Pandemic Film-Making

Bo Burnham’s new Netflix special Inside holds, at its core, a self-reflexive commentary on film-making in a world that has changed dramatically in the last eighteen months. It seems a revolutionary piece of art, exploring the process of film-making in a world slowly healing from a global disaster.   Burnham wanders around his apartment, cluttered with...


Books, Venue

Four of UEA’s LDC Professors Join the List of Fellows of the Prestigious Royal Society of Literature

The Royal Society of Literature has appointed four of UEA’s own LDC academics.  On Tuesday 6th July, the RSL announced 44 new appointments, celebrating writers of astounding merit. The 29 new RSL Fellows include Professors Vesna Goldsworthy, Tessa McWatt, and Rebecca 6th. Among the 15 new Honorary Fellows is Emeritus Professor Jon Cook.  The RSL…

Film, Venue

In The Heights: Review

If you love Lin Manuel Miranda’s musicals, you’re going to love In The Heights. The film is based on the musical of the same name by the creator of Hamilton. I’m glad I didn’t see or listen to the musical before watching as this allowed me to enjoy something I had not seen before. The…

Creative Writing, Venue

My Library

The Library is situated on the landing. It took six men to get it into position on September 13th last year. My uncle had bought the phone box for me at an auction, thinking I’d like it for the yard, but it was too handsome to leave outside, and I’d always wanted my own little…

TV, Venue

A Rewatch Of Schitt’s Creek

Although ‘Ew, David’ is the phrase spoken by many fans, Schitt’s Creek is anything but a revolting show. Created by father and son duo Eugene and Dan Levy, the American sitcom focuses on the dynastic Rose family who, having lost their fortune, are forced to relocate to a grotty motel in the town of Schitt’s…

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