Great Grey Shrike in a Blackthorn Tree by Matt Sewell

30 November 2015 // Matt Sewell

Great Grey Shrike (Lanius excubitor) The wanna-be raptor who wears a mask to conceal his identity amongst his fellow birds. Perched up high he surveys his plot before dropping down on his prey, be it mammal, insect or another bird. They then preserve their quarry impaled on the barbarous barbs of a blackthorn bush; this […]

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Away with the Birds: a digital landscape of birds, mimesis and song

30 November 2015 // Art

An interview with Hanna Tuulikki by Rob St John In 2014, a group of ten women performed a new vocal composition inspired by birds, Gaelic music and the landscape of the Isle of Canna, a small island off the west coast of Scotland. The performers – each dressed in costumes inspired in part by the […]

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Archipelago 10th anniversary celebration. Somerville College. Oxford.

29 November 2015 // Events //Magazines

Andrew McNeillie Andrew McNeillie and friends launched the tenth issue of the literary magazine Archipelago in Oxford recently. Sue Brooks was lucky enought to join them: At night aboard the Archipelago, we steer by the stars. We study charts and flows and promises of fair weather, threats of foul – deadlines sworn to on an […]

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In praise of being lost.

29 November 2015 // Miscellany //Radio //Walking

By Sue Brooks. There are pleasures in being lost – I know some of them well – but not if time is against you and it’s getting dark. Walking out of a newsagents in a back street in Oxford with a tiny folded street map was a moment of pure joy. I thought of Will […]

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Nature Goth Walks 1

28 November 2015 // Nature Goth Walks

Following her ‘Ghosts of the Great North Wood‘ series last year, Karen D Tregaskin has been doing a lot of walking through the great ring cemeteries of outer London. She has kindly allowed us to post the resulting words and sketches. Here is the first instalment. 1: Juggernaut Oak – Camberwell Old Cemetery This massive […]

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