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An interdisciplinary magazine for the arts & humanities curated by students of the University of Manchester

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    Daisy Bernard


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    sonder French

    Pronunciation: //sode//


    1. To Probe, [with object] explore or examine (something):

    she turned it over in her hands, now this way, now that, prob-

    ing it with an intense, tactile vision.

    2. To poll, record the opinion or vote of: the poll is a record

    of voices; a mass of readings, writings and memories in and of

    the world.


    The realisation that each random passerby is living a life as

    vivid and complex as your own (The Dictionary of Obscure Sor-

    rows): A sort of history, crystallising and extending backwards

    in time, a long chain of half-lives, and forward without memory,

    across the stix and gone to Lethe, which drowns and roars on -

    to become a sediment, marined and marooned and


    We want to explore, probe and record. We want to examine lives

    and thoughts through texts, to try and reach out to that vivid com-

    plexity in each random passerby and discover its possibility

    through poetry, prose, art, drama, film, music and more

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    Artist 6

    Upcoming 8

    Now - Alice Munro 10

    Film - H. G . Wells adaptation 12

    Review - Richard II 16

    Feature - Sexism & Discourse 20

    Cabinet of Curiosities 24

    The Other 26

    Poetry - The Other 28

    Drama - The Other 30


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    Daisy Bernard

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    For the first issue of Sonder weve welcomed the

    stunningly talented art of Daisy Bernard to grace

    our virtual pages. The 20 year old is in the midst

    of an Art History degree at Manchester Universi-

    ty, but her influences are far from the Da Vincis or

    Titians of the world. She cites the 21st century

    artists of Max Gasparini and Brandi Hofer as her

    chief inspirations artists that are seldom known,

    but whose art reflects something of Daisys raw

    and powerful handling of the feminine figure. Her

    methods can be seen in her work: quick

    brushstrokes; random splashes of paint; even

    shaking the paper itself. But this abstraction is

    underlined with a delicate realism. The result is

    beauty with horror, ecstasy with agony. She main-

    tains her real passion is for the process of painting

    itself however. She quotes Picasso: Painting is

    just another way of keeping a diary. So perhaps,

    after all, inspiration did come from one of the


    Teddy Kealey


    Daisy Bernard

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    Daisy Bernard

    Daisy Bernard

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    Contact Theatre (Oxford Road) // 11th

    September 14th December // (FREE)

    Manchester based not-for-profit arts organisation BLANK MEDIA COLLECTIVE present a group exhibition

    at Contact Theatre. Foregrounding the work of three new emerging artists, Invented Identities is by turns

    dark and playful; reimaginations and re-imaging work to produce and explore identities as plural, con-

    ceived and idealised in an immutable process of improvement and improvisation. All the artists here -

    Joanna Kane, Kathryn Sawbridge & Jessica Shandley use photography as their point of departure, but

    the exhibition is more than just a collection or a recollection of indexical traces. Images are distorted,

    overlayed, painted and manipulated to recreate and interrogate the fashioning of alter-ego and identity.



    The King's Arms (Bloom Street, Sal-

    ford) // 9th December // (5)

    The King's Arms is one of the quaint-

    est pubs in Manchester, situated at

    walking distance from the city centre

    and holding regular arts events from

    poetry nights to art exhibitions.

    Come and relax at Forgotten Festivi-

    ties, a Christmas themed evening of

    monologues with a twist: expect dark comedy and striking, graphic realism. Visit The Kings Arms website

    for a comprehensive events listings.

    This Month in Manchester


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    Solomon Grundy

    (Wilmslow Road,

    Withington) // 14th

    December // (FREE)

    Following their

    successful first

    Solomon Session,

    M20 Collective presents an evening of live music featuring a host of local talent playing jazz, soul and

    blues. The collective were formed with the intention of cultivating a diverse network of creativity across

    both the student and local communities in the city, and in addi-

    tion to the music, Solomon Sessions #2 promises interactive art

    from local collective Peanut Gallery, fair trade T-shirt prints from

    Manchester Graduate Fair T, and womens jewellery from Man-

    chester based brand Iguana Jazz. The night promises soul food

    and winter warming drinks, with M20 resident DJ Epistle spin-

    ning r&b, soul and trip-hop till the early hours.


    The Castle Hotel (Oldham Street) // Monday 16th // (FREE)

    Already sick of Christmas? Faro Productions puts on experimental theatre productions at a range of

    venues throughout the year. First Draft does what it says in the title: its a cabaret evening of perfor-

    mance which trials a mix of spoken word, poetry, music and monologues - expect work both polished

    and in progress. Robert Firth

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    Born and raised in Wingham, On-

    tario, Munro studied English and

    Journalism at the University of

    Western Ontario. During her

    studies, she worked in various

    jobs, married early (twice) and

    later on had three children. She

    fell in love with the craft of

    writing from an early age and

    gained award-winning acclaim

    from the beginning of her career:

    her first collection of short sto-

    ries, Dance of the Happy Shades

    (1968) won Canadas prestigious

    Governor Generals Award for the

    first time (out of three overall). In

    the course of her career, she has

    also been awarded the Booker

    Prize, the National Book Critics

    Circle Award and the Giller Prize,

    amongst many others.

    Huron County, Ontario serves as

    the main setting for Munros fic-

    tion. Inspired by the Canadian

    provinces and rural areas, she

    prefers to keep a low-profiled

    physical background and gives

    prominence to her characters -

    centered upon the female entity -

    over the plot and surroundings.

    Her published work began in a

    transitional time for social rela-

    tionships: on the threshold of a

    contemporary, modernized socie-

    ty of the late 60s, the ideal family

    was still one in which women

    kept the household and had little

    say, especially in the rural areas

    of a conservative, male-dominant

    society. The lives of her women,

    while ordinary at first, are gradu-

    ally shaped and evolve rapidly in

    the stillness of a background

    where little happens. They con-

    front and conflict themselves,

    each other and the male charac-

    ters in order to achieve epiphany

    and create a new frame of mind

    for their existence.

    Munro depicts generations that

    conflict (The Moons of Jupiter,

    Lucky 13 In October 2013, the 13th woman was honourably

    awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature. But this is

    certainly not a mere stroke of luck; for Alice

    Munro was awarded as a master, establishing

    herself as the most notable short-story teller of

    our time.


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    1982), unite (Lives of Girls and

    Women, 1971), or revolt against

    the conservativeness within the

    family or from without, in the ru-

    ral small towns (Who Do You

    Think You Are?, 1978). Her fe-

    males dream, hope, change and

    grow. Like fellow winner Doris

    Lessing, she managed to bring the

    female psychosynthesis to a wider

    context. Similarly, like Harold Pin-

    ter, she skillfully unfolds her char-

    acters within a restraining envi-

    ronment and masterly creeps be-

    hind closed doors, exposing the

    lives behind the curtains.

    The attention she pays to her

    characters - her in-depth analysis

    of human temperament and idio-

    syncrasy - gives life to and vivifies

    commonality. Rather than being

    merely the omniscient observer

    of the plot, Munro focuses on the

    person, on the subject. It is

    through her humanist approach

    that the reader discovers her

    masterful, yet subtle writing of

    persons and personalities which

    masterfully underpins subjective,

    existential interrogation.

    In the rural, conservative settings

    of her stories, Munro artfully de-

    livers the challenging task of ren-

    dering womanhood honestly and

    vividly, by giving them traits and

    voice through