13308413_10156957985070162_4971521702475088015_oLeah Broad – Founder and editor of The Oxford Culture Review. Leah is a Lecturer in Music at the University of Oxford. She wrote her doctorate on theatre music, and other than theatre her writing interests are in contemporary music, literature in translation, poetry, and art. She won the Observer/Anthony Burgess Prize for Arts Journalism 2015, and is one of the BBC/AHRC’s New Generation Thinkers 2016. Her writing has appeared in the Observer and on other online platforms such as The Conversation and Huffington Post. She has her own research website, and is on Twitter @LeahBroad.

Leah Veronese – Literature Editorial Assistant. Leah is an alumna of Hertford College Oxford, who is now studying at Kings College London for an MA in Early Modern Literature. Her research interests include commonplace books and readership, and the survival of Marian iconography after the Reformation. In her spare time Leah enjoys choral singing, poetry, cinema, creating obsessive collages and making the occasional cocktail.

William Shaw – Literature Editorial Assistant. William Shaw is a blogger, poet, and critic from Sheffield, with a particular interest in science fiction, contemporary poetry, and early modern theatre. His writing has appeared in Star*Line, The Martian Wave, and The Oxford Culture Review. You can find him online at, and on Twitter @Will_S_7.

Lucy Valsamidis – Long View Editorial Assistant. Lucy graduated in Classics from Merton College, Oxford in 2017, and is now based in London. She has edited for a number of publications including the Isis and student IR journal Lighthouse, and her writing has also appeared on the Journal of the History of Ideas blog. Lucy enjoys history, literature, tea, and biscuits.

Emma Brown – Music Editor. Having completed a BA in Music at St Peter’s College, Oxford, Emma currently works in the Music Department at Oxford University Press. Although she enjoys all forms of music, she is particularly interested in orchestral music, and performs with several orchestras around Oxford as an oboist. When not partaking in music-related activities, Emma enjoys history and literature, and is also learning to figure skate.

15134320_10108020999614339_708780857_nLandon Peck – Music Editorial Assistant. Landon is a doctoral student at Oxford University, researching musical awe. He is passionate about fostering a dialogue between science and the humanities, and holds degrees in both Religious Studies and Psychology of Music. His other interests include tennis, literature, and JRPGs. He can be found on Twitter at @landonpeck.

chloe_de_la_barre-envoiChloé du Laurent de la Barre – Talks Editorial Assistant. Chloé is currently studying Medieval History at Oxford University as a visiting student. She is thus in the third year of a double honours degree of politics and history between Sciences Po and La Sorbonne in France. Interested in art, history and literature, she has also contributed to a French student review La Gazelle as writer and Culture Editor.


Stephen Durkan – Literature & Poetry. Stephen Durkan is a writer of fiction created in Glasgow and based in Oxford. He studies English Literature at Hertford College. He has been published in Structo Magazine and was nominated for ‘Best Poem’ at the Martin Starkie Awards. He has written articles for publications such as XXY Magazine, and also performs as a spoken word artist. His aspiration is to usurp Will Self as the talking head the BBC calls upon next time the Novel is dying. He blogs about culture, literature and philosophy at Distant Music ( If you want to ask him something, write to stephendurkanwriter[at]
Christopher Finn – Literature, Folk Music. Christopher studied Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic at Cambridge University, and now works in Oxford. His interests include anything he’s interested in.
Theophilus Kwek – Literature & Poetry. Theophilus is the author of two poetry collections. He won the Martin Starkie Prize in 2014 and the Jane Martin Prize in 2015, and was President of the Oxford University Poetry Society.
Justine Malone – Drama. Since finishing an MA in Shakespeare & Contemporary Performance at Birkbeck College and Shakespeare’s Globe, Justine has been Assistant Director for the Oxford Theatre Guild’s 2015 production of King Lear, a script reader for the Papatango New Writing Prize with Southwark Playhouse, and Dramaturg for the TranShakespeare project at the Young Vic and King’s College London. Justine has also written and performed for The Young Friends of The Almeida and The Soho Theatre. She is a freelance arts journalist and also works in Research Ethics in the Humanities division of the University of Oxford.
JC Niala – Drama and Literature. JC is currently studying for an MSt in Creative Writing at Kellogg College, Oxford. She writes for the radio, stage and screen. Her play The Strong Room was shortlisted by Wole Soyinka in BBC Africa Performance 2010 and her most recent film Wazi?FM has received several awards including Best Picture at Zanzibar International Film Festival 2015. Other than drama, her writing interests include narrative non-fiction, poetry and translation. She is going to be a poet-in-residence during London’s Open Garden Squares Weekend as part of The Poetry School’s Re-mixed Borders project.
Omar Sabbagh – Literature. Omar is a poet, writer, critic, and scholar. Among his books are Via Negativa: a parable of exile, a Beirut novella (and his first full-length fiction) published with Liquorice Fish Books in 2016; and To The Middle of Love, his fourth collection of poetry, published with Cinnamon Press in 2017. He was Visiting Assistant Professor at AUB from 2011-13. He now teaches at the American University in Dubai (AUD).
James Lawrence Slattery – Film. James is a practicing artist and currently studying for an MSt in Film Aesthetics at St Anne’s College, Oxford. Particular interests across these disciplines include sirens, mermaids, ghosts, and queer subjectivity. Art website:, siren archive:, film review/critique:

Previous contributors

Ashlee Beazley – Literature.
Francesca Berretta – Theatre & Dance.
Helena Bickley – Music.
Alexander Brett – Photography.
Lizzie Brown – Film.
Kanta Dihal – Literature.
Eleanor Hill – Art & Photography.
Ben Horton – Music.
Owen Hubbard – Music.
Mirela Ivanova – History, Philosophy & Education.
Exir Kamalabadi – Theatre.
Alexia Kirk – Music.
Rachel Lim – Literature.
Giles Masters – Music.
Sian Mitchell – Drama & Literature.
Nirmalie Alexandra Mulloli – Art & Photography.
Tilly Nevin – Drama & Literature.
Claire Parker – Art.
Altair Brandon-Salmon – Film.
James Sheldrake – Drama.
James Trickey – Photography.
John Wadsworth – Film & Art.
Pierre Antoine Zahnd – Music & Poetry.
Anna Zanetti – Art.


  1. Attn: Francesca Beretta,

    I enjoyed your article on the Oxford Writers’ House website about Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead (which was only drawn to my attention by this week’s Oxford Today. Your position at the Oxford Cultural Review was the only way I could find to contact you. I am very pleased that Stoppard goes down so well at Oxford. I saw a lovely production of The Real Thing at University College two summers ago.

    If you like Stoppard, I have just published a book about his plays which I hope would interest you – Tom Stoppard’s Plays: Patterns of Plenitude and Parsimony. It covers all of Stoppard’s plays on a thematic basis. See or for details.

    I believe you are in your third year. So, good luck with your studies and your forthcoming Finals.

    Nigel Purse
    St Edmund Hall (matric. 1982)

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