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Editor’s Note By nature, I am an ideas person. I am always thinking about the possibility of things. I find it to be one of the most cathartic moments of any day, when I can let my mind drift and not be interrupted by the “what if” scenarios. Ideas are brilliant. The people that have them invent, create and inspire. I cannot imagine life without imagination. The most exciting part of ideas is where they lead. As children, we often dream or pretend, but as adults everything becomes more ridged. Yes, I know, we have mortgages and bills to worry about, but in the midst of this we often miss so many things. I think it’s imperative to be acutely aware of the beauty of chance and the wonder of possibility. This issue of Aesthetica Magazine is a tribute to ideas and possibilities. Inside these pages you will find new creative writing, arts news, articles and features from across the UK. It’s been a very exciting issue to put together and I know that you will find it a great resource. Over the past few months there have been some major changes at the Aesthetica HQ, the magazine is now full colour and offers a new, fresh design. With each issue the magazine’s content is developing, as I aim to give a true representation of the arts in Britain. It’s never been a better time to get involved. We’re even offering some fantastic deals on subscriptions. I hope that you enjoy this issue. Please get in touch with your ideas and suggestions. Until next time...

Cherie Federico Editor

News UK arts news and round-up 4

New Works Poetry






Features Tony Harrison


Patience Agbabi


Sujit Saraf


Xiaolu Guo

Is Britain Great?



Reza Aramesh


Thin Cities


Scotland’s Rising Star


Festival of Muslim Cultures 32 Re-inventing Disney 34 The Wellcome Collection 37 The Shins 38 Malcolm Middleton 39 Good Shoes 40 Charlotte Hatherley 41 Brett Anderson 42 Bat for Lashes 43 Margaret Salmon 44 China Moo-Young 46 Indian International Film Award 47 Waterlog 48 Circus: The Forgotten Art 50

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