Class is not something Americans like to own up to very often. At least not the kind of definition of class we tend to associate it with here in the UK.
Like all great cities, London has its illicit underbelly. Throughout history, it has played host to a parade of villains. From Jonathan Wild to Jack the Ripper, from Adam Worth to the Kray Twins, the misdeeds of these characters are woven through the tapestry of the city’s history.
* This issue of London Grip New Poetry features poems by: *Teoti Jardine *Carol DeVaughn *Michael Lee Johnson *John Snelling *Robert Nisbet *Louise Warren *Jennie Christian *Ricky Garni *Kate Foley *Christopher Mulrooney *Ian C Smith *Shanta Acharya *Jennifer Johnson *Ruth Bidgood *Robert Chandler
Alongside the main stage productions undertaken at the Young Vic, the theatre never ceases, to its great credit, to keep renewing its creative pool and encouraging the next generation.
Rosie Johnston is pleased to find both a sense of the dramatic and a feeling for the past in this first collection by Jean Watkins
One of the more unlikely joys of Brussels life is the rotating EU presidency. Every six months, a different member of the 28-strong European Union takes on the task of presiding over policy-making. For the citizens of Brussels, it’s a chance for a cultural mini break without the expense and inconvenience of braving the airport.
Emma Lee finds Maria Jastrzebska’s memory-poems both personal and inclusive.
There is something about the Tudors that seems to grab us all. Whether it be the Shakespearean legacy or the modernised tv series, The Tudors, we can’t seem to get enough of them. Four years ago, Hilary Mantel’s Wolf Hall followed shortly after by Bring Up The Bodies took most of us by storm.
Fiona Sinclair reviews a new collection of short stories by Maria McCarthy, finding them both harrowing and hopeful.
Gina Gionfriddo had a great success a couple of years ago with the comic blind-date-and-its-repercussions play, Becky Shaw. Gionfriddo returns to the highly personal again in her latest, Rapture, Blister, Burn but expands it to cast a comprehensive look over modern feminism, its theory and practise and particularly in relation to pornography and the internet.
Within the confines of its sandy restriction, Happy Days encompasses still a vision at once amiable, pitiable, comic and horrific about our shared human condition, about its frailties and abundant optimism.