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Experiment 4


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Experiment enters this its fourth issue with a new cover, a new printer, and most important of all, some new writing.

The time now seems right to review this and previous issues of the magazine in an attempt to evaluate both its progress and its place as a forum for young writers at the University. Previous issues have come in for some justifiable criticism. The first and third issues were physically poor, being badly printed,uneven in layout and crammed with typographical errors. We hope that these faults have to some extent been remedied in this issue. Our aim has been to produce a more attractive format at a cheaper cost. At this point it may be remarked that our finances don't run to the production of finely printed magazines like the now obsolete "Arachne" and "Hilltop" nor does the present standard of our writing warrant such fine excesses.

But what of the contents ? These have naturally produced a variety of opinions. The quality has been uneven, but we remain convinced that some promising work has been produced and that the magazine has contributed towards the personal development of several of our contributors.

If this is confirmed, then the presence of "Experiment" is more than justified.

One critic has referred to our committee and contributors as being an esoteric group: his letter has been included in this issue. In so far as we have in common some sort of devotion to the task of writing, his use of the word 'esoteric' is maybe valid. Nevertheless, his letter is disturbing in that it implies that any university group united in endeavours to print and produce original work, might be regarded by the very nature of their task as 'esoteric'.

Surely the University should stimulate original work and personal vision in addition to providing the machinery of society with its annual quota of professionally trained graduates. If it fails to do this then it fails to cater fully for the variety of intelligence at its disposal.