Lullaby by Leila Slimani – Review

by Alice McMahon, MA Near and Middle Eastern Studies – a modern parent’s worst nightmare “The baby is dead. It only took a few seconds.” Leila Slimani’s Lullaby begins with these chilling words, gripping the reader from the very beginning as she tells the story of how the perfect nanny goes from “a second mother” to […]

Padmaavat: Bollywood’s empty tale of beauty & divide

By Khadija Kothia, BA History You walk into the low-lit cinema, sit down, and your world is transformed. Worn armchairs grow into thrones of gold. The grey winter skies outside turn a warm-tinge of permanent sunset orange. The room, a palace court. You, in silken robes. This is fourteenth century Chittor, North-West India. Rajput territory. […]

Andrew Ashong @ Oslo Hackney, 14th February

Any gig taking place on Valentine’s Day brings with it certain expectations. Tickets are booked for a significant other for a romantic night out, a foray away from the traditional wine and dine experience toward something a bit different. So perhaps it was not the best decision for Andrew Ashong to declare himself “anti-Valentines” before […]

BaBa ZuLa, 29th January, Nells Jazz & Blues

Baba Zula were formed in Istanbul in 1996, and co-founders Osman Murat Ertel and Levant Akman remain constants today. Their music began with a new spin on the Anatolian rock greats of Baris Manco and Cem Karaca, and gained international fame after being featured in the film ‘Crossing the Bridge’ by Fatih Akin in 2005. […]

Owiny Sigoma Band + Populous @ Archspace Fri 16th

The London arches has been transformed from an edgy, alternative space to the site of proliferate venues, cafes and restaurants. However, the atmosphere at Archspace, a distinctive rail arch venue in a sweet promenade just off the canal, makes up for that tenfold. They have managed to maintain a crisp sound with their top spec […]