Nick Cooke catches up with a dramatic but sometimes unsettling collection by Fran Lock
Michael Bartholomew-Biggs dips into a collection of ‘lost’ ekphrastic poems by R S Thomas
If you’re a Londoner with time on your hands, take a trip to Rotherhithe and spend an afternoon immersed in centuries of history.
John Lucas reviews collections from Gregory Woods and George Tardios
Wendy French commends a serious and significant chapbook collection from Paul Stephenson
David Cooke finds Joan Margarit to be a poet of authentic experience who does not rely on tricks or strain after effect.
Pablo Picasso (1881-1973) and Alberto Giacometti (1901-1966) were both sons of artists, both mastered realism at an early age, both left their native countries and both turned up in Paris, where they met for the first time in 1931 and enjoyed a working friendship that flourished until the 1950s.
Reading Gail White’s collection makes D A Prince think again about some conventional assessments of ‘light’ verse
Roderick Burns is taken aback by the diversity of a short story collection from Nigel Jarrett
Adaptations of Charles Dickens’ Christmas Carol began around 30 years after his death and proliferated during the 1930s and 40s with a wealth of radio productions, notably one featuring Orson Welles and sponsored by Campbell’s Soup.
Bernard Green offers another of his distinctive reminiscences about his early life in post-war Surrey. .
For the non-initiate, The Beastie Boys were a group of white New Yorkers who made the leap from punk rock to hip hop. The result was the number 1 hit Licensed to Ill and an opening up to the white suburbs of a previously black musical phenomenon.