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Normal People: Simply A Classic

Me, an interviewer: “So, Mr William Self, esteemed author and journalist, what did you think of Normal People?” Mr Self, esteemed author and journalist: “I read a few pages of  Sally Rooney’s book. It may say things that millennials want to hear reflected back at them, but it’s very simple stuff with no literary ambition Read More…

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Here to stay: Celebrity literature and Lana Del Rey

The move from celebrity status to becoming an author is one that many have attempted to make, and frequently to much success. The American singer and songwriter Jewel published a poetry collection in 1998 which sold over 1 million copies, albeit to mixed reviews.  With sales of poetry books hitting an all-time high in 2018, Read More…

Culture

Creativity in Crisis: part six

In response to these troubled times, The Oxford Blue culture team has started a new creative writing project: ‘CREATIVITY IN CRISIS: a writing collective’. Here are some of our favourites of the work we received, illustrated by May Moorwood.   night and day and everything in between – Maria Grosu you never miss a nice sky, or Read More…

Current Affairs

Creativity and Crisis x SOTA: part five

In response to strange times The Oxford Blue culture team has started a new creative writing project: ‘CREATIVITY IN CRISIS: a writing collective’. This week we’ve teamed up with State of the Arts for a special issue. Interview with co-founders of SOTA Pete Miller, Orna Rifkin, Carlotta Hartmann, Georgie Dettmer and Srutokirti Basak. Illustrations by Read More…

Culture

Creativity in Crisis: part four

In response to these troubled times, The Oxford Blue culture team has started a new creative writing project: ‘CREATIVITY IN CRISIS: a writing collective’. Here are some of our favourites of the work we received, illustrated by Dali Dunn.   A Philosophy of Rain – Peter Hurtubise ‘‘Creativity is a secular infinity.’ Ben Okri Grey Read More…

Culture

Creativity in Crisis: part three

In response to these troubled times, The Oxford Blue culture team has started a new creative writing project: ‘CREATIVITY IN CRISIS: a writing collective’. Here are some of our favourites of the work we received, illustrated by Daisy Leeson. Starlings – Peter Hurtubise ‘My faith in the future of literature rests on the knowledge that there are things Read More…

Current Affairs

Creativity in Crisis: part two

In response to these troubled times, The Oxford Blue culture team has started a new creative writing project: ‘CREATIVITY IN CRISIS: a writing collective’. Here are some of our favourites from the work we received, illustrated by Fred Seddon. Virus – Joy Hunter  Things are changing fast Mutating And we’re waiting, but not sure what Read More…

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Creativity in Crisis: part one

In response to these troubled times, The Oxford Blue culture team has started a new creative writing project: ‘CREATIVITY IN CRISIS: a writing collective’. Here are some of our favourites of the work we received, illustrated by Liv Fugger. Extract from play – Reya Muller EDDY: Do you not remember that day on the beach? Near Read More…

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Review: ”The Discomfort of Evening” – a Freudian pastoral

In the run-up to the International Booker Prize on May the 19th, The Oxford Blue is keeping you up to speed with reviews of the shortlisted novels. ‘‘Name a single Dutch author.’’ At this question my otherwise far better-read Oxford friends go blank. It is not an oversight on their part: Dutch literature has been Read More…