First off, I hate fairy lights in plays. I have to lay my cards on the table. Deploy them as well as you like, I’m going to sneer at their use anywhere except on the pin-board of your first-year bedroom. Sorry. While we’re on confessions, I want to note that I don’t really know how to review new writing – should I talk about the production or the text? Both?
Reif Larsen (1980), is the author of The Selected Works of T.S. Spivet, dramatized by Jean-Pierre Jeunet, and I am Radar. He is also this year’s Writer in Residence at the University in St Andrews, which is why Owl Eyes met up with him to talk about the role of an author, and the reality of writing as a profession. You may have seen him this semester from events at the Byre Theatre, if not, be inspired by the interview below to pursue your creative creations.
The Dunhill Links Championship is famous for a number of reasons: it raises millions for charity, it generates autumn tourism to the seaside towns of the Scottish East Coast and, most importantly for our young and hopeful student population, it collects celebrities from across the world and brings them to St Andrews. For one week Hugh Grant is ubiquitous, the Lizard VIP area hosts genuine VIPs and first years spend their mornings skipping lectures to Instagram themselves on the Old Course with the rich and famous.
The modern day has sadly resulted in letter writing becoming a dying art. Whilst the postman may still have a full sack of printed bills and formal communication, it becomes rare that when we hear the thump of the post through the letterbox in the morning, we are greeted with hand-written thoughts and personalised messages. Whether these are the romantic thoughts of long-distance lovers, words of condolence or simply the scribbles of a friend, there is something personal about that unique scrawl; its tangibility makes it all the more heartwarming than Times New Roman font, printed on pristine white factory paper.