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StAnza 2020: A Preview

There are few towns of St Andrews’ size which could be considered such a cultural hub. This week, for example, we have one of the UK’s biggest poetry festivals right on our doorstep. StAnza, now in its 23rd year, will be running over 100 readings, workshops, lectures and installations around St Andrews from Wednesday 4th to Sunday 8th March....

Women Who Run With the Wolves: A Review

“Everyone who can read should read this book.” -  Maya Angelou  “Recommended for men who dare to run with women who run with wolves.” – Sam Keen Summer, 2019. It was an average Saturday in June. I remember feeling nostalgic that day. For what? I’m still not sure, but, looking back, it was the first summer I finally felt like I...

March Music at The Byre

March means music at the Byre! Whether it’s opera, jazz, or 70s pop, your musical taste buds can indulge in a variety of performances over the next month. From Tuesday March 10th–Thursday March 12th, OpSoc return to the Byre Theatre with their new production of one of the most beloved operas of all time, The Magic Flute. It is more...

My First Performance at Inklight

“You’ll gain financial freedom.” “Meet lifelong friends.” “Develop a caffeine addiction.” Of the many outcomes popular culture pronounces of the university experience, my favourite has always been the ominous prospect of "discovering what makes you you". For the first few weeks as a fresher this hung over me like a shadow — suddenly there were no throwaway decisions. Every choice you made...

Spilling the Tea on the BBC Licence Fee

Inform, Educate, Entertain. These are the three guiding purposes of the world’s oldest public broadcaster, whose licence fee has been a subject of debate and controversy in recent months. The rancour towards the fee, which has been set at £154.50 per annum since April 2019, focusses often upon the value of the BBC in comparison to subscription streaming services such...

Parasite Is Playing At NPH – Here’s Why That Matters

Parasite is Playing At NPH – Here’s Why That Matters   The sweep pulled off by Parasite at the 92nd Academy Awards – where it won Best Picture, in addition to Best Director for Bong Joon-ho, Best Original Screenplay for Bong and Han Jin-won, and Best International Feature Film – felt like a shot across the bow of the film industry’s...

In Conversation with Robbie Collin

Robbie Collin has enjoyed a successful career in film criticism. Having started on a graduate scheme at the notorious News of the World, he is now a film critic at The Telegraph and regular at Cannes. You’ve probably heard him filling in for Mark Kermode on 5 Live or seen him on the new BBC series The Life Cinematic....

The Comedy Scene in St Andrews

Before I came to university, I must say that I associated comedy with middle-aged men on Live At The Apollo making jokes about their wives or the endless stream of panel shows which the BBC provides. But upon arriving here, my eyes have truly been opened to the many diverse forms of comedy there are and it really amazes...

Frank Muir Prize For Humour

The Frank Muir Prize for Humour is an annual competition to find the best in original humorous writing that the University has to offer. The competition is named after the writer and presenter Frank Muir who served as Rector of the University between 1976 and 1979. Towards the end of his term, he established an annual gift of £1000...

North Point’s Pancake Night 2020: Review

Image courtesy of Forrest Pando
North Point Cafe is an old standby for St Andrews students. With a very loyal following within and without the student community, the café with its bright and familiar red façade is a spot of joy at the end of North Street on a gloomy winter day. The café is already well-known for its fluffy American-style pancakes and affordable...