Arts Festivals and the ‘Hostile Environment’: the Need for More Nuance

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Recent visa refusals for visiting artists and writers at festivals in the UK have prompted discussions about the ‘Hostile Environment’. This is an intervention that argues that characterising the problems faced by these artists as aspects of the Hostile Environment is misleading, and the conversation around immigration needs greater nuance.

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‘I Want to Tell You’: Beatles Songs for Talking About Mental Wellbeing

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When it’s difficult to initiate conversations about mental health, it might be easier to talk about mental health through the medium of Beatles songs. We will have to pretend, however, that none of these songs are about drugs. But many of the Beatles songs express complex and contradictory states of mind, which can be quite reassuring and illuminating.

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Hailsham Dark: Turning Kazuo Ishiguro’s ‘Never Let Me Go’ into a Table-Top Role Playing Game

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Over the last two months, I adapted Kazuo Ishiguro’s ‘Never Let Me Go’ into a table-top role playing game, and I enjoyed myself immensely in the process. This is my account of what it was like adapting the novel, what difficulties I faced while GMing such a game, and what I gained from the whole thing.

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Whose ‘Home’ is it Coming to?: Supporting England in the World Cup

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I drew England in a sweepstake for the FIFA men’s World Cup. However, I find it really difficult to get behind supporting England, and I find the forms of imagined community and the internal contradictions within them hostile and difficult to negotiate.

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