Nick Cooke expresses measured enthusiasm for a promising debut chapbook from Paul Blake
Richie McCaffery enjoys meeting Kate Foley and accompanying her on a journey through her New & Selected Poems
Rembrandt, one of the greatest portrait painters of all time, portrayed himself with a feathered beret, as an oriental potentate, with his wife in historical dress and simply as himself. A modern equivalent is British artist Sarah Lucas who depicts herself with fried eggs, a skull and a salmon. You could say it’s a case of the sublime to the ridiculous and yet, the appeal of Rembrandt’s theatre must have been more direct in his day even if it was never aggressive.
In the confusing explosion of activity that is the Edinburgh Fringe, NewsRevue has the huge advantage of being a known brand whose appeal is all the greater when a torrent of unsettling news leaves us craving comic relief and the decades-old formula of satire set to music is still the best of tonics.
In our post-fact world where we drown in other people’s opinions, life as a hard-up, stand-up comedian trying to make a name has got harder. And on the Free Fringe periphery of the Edinburgh Fringe – where artists effectively busk in a tatty room with a few uncomfortable seats and a bucket for contributions as there is no formal entrance free – it has become an even more extreme act of faith.
Some critics see Georgiana Houghton’s spirit drawings, on show at the Courtauld Gallery (link to previous review) until 11th September, as “outsider art”. Wanting to know more, I delved a little deeper and began to wonder about the value of categorising Houghton’s work in this way or viewing any artist from the perspective of a particular movement or school.
Wendy French praises the eye for detail that reveals itself through Sue MacIntyre’s poetry
Peter Ulric Kennedy sizes up the strengths of Antony Johae’s poetry of Middle Eastern experience
The Italian word for cheerful, allegro in music implies a happy kind of brisk walking pace. As the title of that rare thing – a virtually unknown Rodgers and Hammerstein musical – it is both apt and poignant given that maintaining an allegro mood throughout life is next to impossible.
Graham Hardie takes a close look at the elements making up a new collection by Christopher Southgate
Turn right inside the main entrance to University College Hospital on Euston Road, and you’ll find The Street Gallery, currently showing a collection of inket prints by Photographer-in-Residence Graeme Weston, and curated by Arts Administrator Guy Noble.
Emma Lee finds that Myra Schneider is on good form in her new mythic-flavoured collection