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Hoodoo Man Blues

John Burnside’s forthcoming collection Black Cat Bone explores various poetic traditions, eventually finding its way back home. Burnside will read at the Stanza Festival. “To think through things, that is the still life painter’s job – and the poet’s: Why should we be born loving the world? We require again and again these demonstrations.” -Mark Dotty, Oysters and Lemons John Burnside’s new...

The Critics: The Kids Are All Right

Available on DVD from 21 March The Oscars this year were predictable. James Franco looked handsome. Anne Hathaway was adorable in a nervous, awkward sort of way. The King's Speech won, well, pretty much everything. But one thing the night failed to deliver was an award for The Kids Are All Right, which was far and away one of the...

The Critics: You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger

** DCA 18-31 March At the age of 75 Woody Allen still finds the energy to put out at least one new film per year. Vicky Cristina Barcelona and Whatever Works marked something of a return to form for the veteran director and his upcoming release, Midnight in Paris, is set to open the 2011 Festival de Cannes this May. It...

Review of Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Melodies and Miracles

We often refer affectionately to St Andrews as ‘the Bubble’.  It’s easy to see why: because of its geographic isolation and other-worldly character, it can often feel as if we don’t have any contact with the real world during term time.  Most apply the nickname as a friendly jibe at a town they love, and the term isn’t generally...

The Critics: Underroads

The Barron: 22-25 February As we are ushered into our seats we become refugees waiting to get on a boat, as are the rest of the characters in the play. Together we are trying to escape the rising water levels of what seems to be a post-apocalyptic world. As we are roughed up, ordered to change seats with each other and...

French Fancy: Potiche

François Ozon’s latest film opens the 2011 Glasgow Film Festival Only in its seventh year and supposedly the fastest growing film event in the UK, The Glasgow Film Festival caters to the punters, offering a variety of events and screenings to suit all ages and tastes. The eleven-day event kicked off on 17 February with a screening of Potiche, a...

Class act

Fashion, parties and class distinction If I continue with a critique into the attitudes represented by FS, it is not waged against those involved, but rather directed towards the systemic and hierarchical structures of society as they are displayed in an event like this. Nick Worsley, the director of FS, describes it as a fashion show which “descends into more of...

Questioning Queer Qualms

Venue 2 hosts Queer Question Time, but what’s the use in talking? It was as diverse a crowd as you might expect which filled up Venue 2 on the evening of the LGBT Society’s Queer Question Time. Intended to discuss issues that continue to affect members of the LGBT community, whether in St Andrews, the UK, or internationally, the event...

Gotta do the cookin’ by the book

Are cookbooks marketed towards students making unfair assumptions about their target audience? With The Times recently crowning the relatively unknown Good Food 101: One Pot Dishes as the best cookbook for students, the credibility of the vast array of cookbooks written exclusively for the student cook has undoubtedly been called into question. What is it that differentiates a ‘student cookbook’...

The Critics: Submarine, Howl

Submarine DCA: 25-31 March Richard Ayoade’s Submarine, originally released in 2010, combines refreshing dialogue, a brilliant cast and wonderful cinematography – not surprising, then, that it has been hailed as one of the best British debuts for years. Set in Wales, the film follows adolescent Oliver Tate (Craig Roberts) as he attempts to save his parents’ marriage, lose his virginity...