Emma Worrall

The Great Literary Bake Off

Welcome back to the Great Literary Bake Off recap! Last week’s episode began with a savoury pie challenge. Titus Andronicus and Mrs Lovett both made Judge Dumbledore’s eyes twinkle with meat pies’ interesting mystery flavours, while the star bread-maker Peeta Mellark struggled to maintain his winning streak. “It is our...
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Posted Oct. 29, 2018

Body confidence is liberating, and certainly not dangerous

This summer was a big one in terms of thinking about how we talk about ‘fat’ women today, from the backlash to Amy Schumer’s I Feel Pretty (which I found genuinely sincere and uplifting by the way), to the storm over Netflix’s Insatiable, and finally to the controversy of self-identified...
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Posted Oct. 17, 2018

“A playground of soundscapes”: Hymns for Robots review

Hymns for Robots doesn’t really feel like a play. There is no real sense of beginning and end. Without sounding too pretentious (something the play also tries to avoid), it is more of a series of sketches about Delia Derbyshire’s life while at the same time creating a playground of...
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Posted Oct. 2, 2018

Hormones review: “This is a play about your life”

It has always seemed odd to me how little art is made about students, considering how many young people are going through this odyssey. Other than Channel 4’s Fresh Meat, the process of sticking 18-22-year-olds all together usually many miles away from their parents, ripe as it is for drama...
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Posted Jun. 6, 2018

The art of the strike: getting creative on the picket line

It has been a colourful few weeks on campus with the strike in full force. Amongst the official UCU signs held up by striking staff members were placards with memes on them. Cher and Stewie Griffin could be spotted advocating for fair pensions. Students got creative: a new yellow banner...
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Posted Mar. 26, 2018

Are the Man Booker Prize’s rules fair?

Thirty publishers have written to the Booker Prize Foundation, which judges the prestigious Man Booker Prize, asking it to exclude American writers from the competition. This would mean the reversal of a rule change in 2014 which allowed all novels written in English to be included in the prize, as...
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Posted Mar. 12, 2018

The government shouldn’t be meddling in the no-platforming debate

Former Universities Minister Jo Johnson, acting as a belated Father Christmas, brought us all a present this past Boxing Day in the form of a new series of measures to punish universities that participate in “no-platforming”. Bored of getting along with family members at Christmas (he presumably thought), then why...
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Posted Jan. 26, 2018