Creativity, personality and community

Shauntay Grant is a Canadian author, poet, playwright and professor at Dalhousie University.   Her work is “mainly rooted in local stories and local histories,” Grant says in an email to the Dalhousie Gazette. All of her current and published projects are “inspired by local stories.”  This includes Africville, The City Speaks In Drums and Up Home, which are all set in communities around…

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The first year on your own

While September has brought with it a return to in-person classes at Dalhousie University, the return to campus also means this month is many students’ first time living alone. The Dalhousie Gazette spoke to students from Dal and the University of King’s College to learn their tips for students finding themselves in a new living space.   Know…

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Dispatch from England: Walking through Chawton House

At the end of a long street lined with cottages, each of them with overflowing flower boxes and sprawling ivy, charmingly neglected, sits Jane Austen’s home.  A quiet home  There is a tearoom across the narrow lane, and next to that, the lopsided entrance to a pub. The road is quiet, although the thatched roofed homes…

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Keeping up with Zara Matrix

It takes Zara Matrix up to four hours to get into full drag. It’s a labour of love but it  pays off. Because when Matrix steps on stage, all eyes are on her.   Trading skates for stilettos  Matrix is a drag queen based in Halifax, who’s been performing professionally for about four years. She began her career while a…

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Fall reads

The fall season can mean a lot of things to different people. Regardless of personal feelings, its shorter days and brisker winds make it a great time to start a new book.   The Picture of Dorian Gray, Oscar Wilde (1890)  First published in 1890, this classic is the perfect book to kick off spooky season. The Picture…

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What I wish I’d known

I’m about to start my final year at Dalhousie University. Looking back now, I can see how naïve I was as a freshman. I thought I was prepared, but quickly realized I had a lot to learn. Here is what I wish I had known. 

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Dalhousie poets: identity and location

Canadian winter   The carpet of my one bedroom   Squirms in its pixelated glory.   It is dirty because the vacuum is broken   And I am young.   And the third or fourth best-ranking views in this city   Are from buildings open to the public in the daytime hours.   This is nice to know   But we can’t smoke out here,    Which will…

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One year of COVID-19

Morgane Evans: The week before  Last March, when my friends and I went to the Risley Gala (the annual end-of-year event for Risley Hall residents), we didn’t know Dalhousie University would stop in-person classes days later. We didn’t know the next time we’d see each other we’d be smiling in relief that Nova Scotia had…

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