A Book of Rather Strange Animals – Review

Matt Ward presents his concise review of Caleb Compton’s new fascinating Book of Rather Strange Animals and the lesser-known natural wonders of the world. “There is beauty and wonder in every species, and this book will show you why” From the tentacular star-nosed mole to the charcoal-chewing, wildly urinating okapi, this companion guide to left-field […]

Stepping Out

   Photography by Elina Brotherus    

Zadie’s Been Pulped

Last month I visited the local Waterstones on Exeter’s High Street to buy a copy of Paul Auster’s 2017 novel ‘4321’. It was to be a gift for a friend’s birthday, which I would give the following morning. For the sake of clarity, I’ll confess this friend to be a girl for whom I wish(ed) […]


Non-fiction editor Abbie Kellett gives her take on the Banksy debacle that has taken place over the past week. Bristol-born artist Banksy is known for his often-controversial approach to art, however, he recently pulled off one of the most daring stunts in art history. On Friday night, Sotheby’s in London saw one of Bansky’s most […]

Shadows & Silhouettes

‘These photos make the shadow world the predominant world. Street photography captures the mundane, but in an interesting and provocative way. I’m interested stylistically in shadows and silhouettes because they portray this different perspective – the inverse, the “flip-side” to everyday life.’           Chelsea is a 3rd year English literature student […]

Preserved Meat

Photograph by Elina Brotherus His scent disappeared from the house, along with his clothes, antiques and collections of butchering knives. We sold them all within a week. Everything with his touch was gone except for a stiff piece of meat. He had wrapped it in cling film, saved, to consume later. Now it glares – […]

Exetera’s Thoughts on the Arctic Monkeys

With an almost completely new team behind the reigns at Exetera this year, we realised that within all the hours of editing and discussing ideas there has been very little this team of eight has managed to butt heads over. Upon revision, we’ve thought this needs a change. So, in the hopes we might get […]

Under Glove

‘Pull them out with the coloured side facing you buddy,’ called James’s father from atop the roof. He and his workmate watched as James fought to take yet another five tiles out from the grasp of the palette’s wrapping and onto the rusted elevator, which carried the tiles up to where the two men stood […]

Russian Nerve Agent Attack: A strategic unforced error or election stunt?

George Haimes responds to the reactions of the attempted assassination of Sergei Skripal, former double agent for the UK’s Secret Intelligence Service, and his daughter Yulia Skripal, and explores possible motives behind the attack.  Following the annexation of Crimea in 2014, James Rogers and Andra-Lucia Martinescu identified both ‘area denial’ and ‘modulated warfare’ as the […]