13308413_10156957985070162_4971521702475088015_oLeah Broad – Founder and editor of The Oxford Culture Review. Leah is currently studying for a doctorate in Music at Oxford University, specialising in modernism and Scandinavian theatre. 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.

Theophilus Kwek – Features Editor. Theophilus is the author of two collections of poetry. He won the Martin Starkie Prize in 2014 and the Jane Martin Prize in 2015, and is President of the Oxford University Poetry Society.

Kanta Dihal – Literature Editor. Kanta is currently in the third year of her doctoral research in English Literature at Oxford University, with a focus on writings about modern physics. Her literary interests include popular science writing, science fiction, fantasy, and (post)modern literature. You can find her other work at, and she is also on Twitter @mskanta.

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.

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.

photophotoClaire Parker – Art Editor. Claire is studying on the European Enlightenment Masters Programme at Oxford University. She is interested in the relationship between art and fiction and is researching sketches and spontaneity in 18th century France. Having been assured that practice makes perfect, she is a practising artist (reaching the final of BBC One’s ‘The Big Painting Challenge’ in 2015) and blogs here.

anna_photoAnna Zanetti – Art Editorial Assistant. Anna read Classics at St Anne’s College, Oxford University. As well as the ancient world, she is passionate about 20th century and contemporary art. Her other interests include drama, poetry, and translation. She blogs and tweets (@Annina_) regularly.

altairpassportAltair Brandon-Salmon – Film Editorial Assistant. Altair is currently a second year undergraduate at Wadham College, Oxford, reading for a B.A. in the History of Art. He has contributed to Cherwell and Panoptica, and is a member of the Oxford Union Library Committee. Currently, Altair is also a Curatorial Intern at Campion Hall, Oxford, cataloguing and re-hanging its art collection.

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.

Francesca Beretta – Theatre Editorial Assistant. Francesca is an undergraduate reading Classics and English at St Anne’s College, Oxford. As well as literature of all times in all its forms, her main interests are drama, ballet, translation, art, and cinema.

Ben Horton – Head of Marketing. After reading History & English at Jesus College, Oxford, Ben is now studying for an MA in Publishing at Oxford Brookes. He has also written for the Cherwell newspaper and EdFringeReview website. Outside of reviewing he plays French horn in many of the student orchestras around Oxford, and wishes that his interests would lead to more lucrative career options.


Ashlee Beazley – Literature. Ashlee is a Graduate student at the University of Oxford, where she is reading for a MSt in Modern British and European History, with a focus on the First World War and the effect this had on the personal lives of women. Originally from New Zealand, where she studied a LLB(Hons)/BA at the University of Auckland, Ashlee is interested in literature, theatre, and education. She also writes a blog about her travels, and current experiences at Oxford.
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.
Alexia Kirk – Opera. Alexia Kirk is currently reading for a degree in French and Italian Literature at Christ Church, Oxford. She is also interested in the historical evolution of theatre and film, performing obscure plays, and the relationships between opera libretti and their musical scores as a means of creating character and musical effects. Her most recent play, devised and performed in collaboration with several other Christ Church undergraduates, won several university awards, and she is currently directing her first production.
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.
Sian Mitchell – Drama & Literature. Sian is a graduate of BA English at the University of Birmingham and of MSt English Literature at Worcester College, University of Oxford. Her research focuses on nineteenth century medievalism and its manifestations in art, architecture and literature, with particular focus on the work of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood. She is currently working in the Ashmolean Museum and the Oxford University Museum of Natural History.
Nirmalie Alexandra Mulloli – Art & Photography. Nirmalie is a History of Art & Visual Culture MSt Candidate at the University of Oxford. Broadly speaking she looks at the socio-historic developments of the male nude, perceptions of authenticity and replication and how the arts/art history(ies) can be applied as a tool for the cultural integration of disenfranchised populations. She studied History of Art and Anthropology at Durham for her undergraduate, worked for the Government of New Zealand for a year prior to arriving in Oxford, and has also worked in the finance and marketing sectors.
Tilly Nevin – Drama and Literature. Tilly is currently studying for a BA in English Language and Literature at St Catherine’s College, Oxford. Her interests include comparative literature and learning languages, art, theatre and film. She also writes for the Cherwell.
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.
William Shaw – Literature/ Film and TV. William is an English student at Oxford University. He has written for a number of publications including the Oxford Student, Notes Magazine and Ed Fringe Review, and been an editor at the Oxford Student. He is on a personal mission to never pay for his own theatre tickets again. You can find him on Twitter at @Will_S_7.
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:
Pierre Antoine Zahnd – Music & Poetry. Pierre Antoine is currently studying for an MSt in Creative Writing at St Anne’s College, Oxford. His academic research focusses on the visual and aural properties of poetry. He has written librettos for composers and is particularly interested in the compositional process from poetic idiom to musical language.

Previous contributors

Helena Bickley – Music.
Alexander Brett – Photography.
Lizzie Brown – Film.
Eleanor Hill – Art & Photography.
Owen Hubbard – Music.
Mirela Ivanova – History, Philosophy & Education.
Exir Kamalabadi – Theatre.
Rachel Lim – Literature.
Giles Masters – Music.
James Sheldrake – Drama.
James Trickey – Photography.
John Wadsworth – Film & 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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