Norbert Hirschhorn takes an in-depth look at a major New & Selected compilation of poems by Chana Bloch
* This issue of London Grip features new poems by: *Alison Hill *Bruce Christianson *Fiona Larkin *Chris Stewart *Emma Lee *Ian Humphreys *Tom McFadden *Rosie Johnston *Robert Nisbet *Katherine Venn *Ruth Bidgood *Mary Franklin *Clare Crossman *F M Brown *Keith Nunes *S J Mannion *Peter Daniels *Rangi Faith *Nancy Mattson *Cathleen Allyn Conway *Sarah James *Wendy French *Tracey […]
Emma Lee commends Wendy Pratt’s adroit poetic handling of a painful and sensitive subject
John Lucas’s tribute to English cricketers who have stood up to the game’s authorities proves to be something much more thoughtful than a simple round-up of the ‘usual suspects’
Thomas Ovans applauds a new poetry anthology edited by Peter Kennedy – and also the motivation behind it.
John Forth reviews recent collections by Simon Richey & Sue Boyle
As if an addendum to all the WW1 remembrances of last year, Chichester Festival Theatre’s shrewd revival of W Somerset Maugham’s For Services Rendered not only adds a rider to those war years but sounds a remarkably apt note for our own times.
Set in a Berlin hotel, just before The Third Reich, the guests are an ageing ballerina, a penniless baron, a dying Jew and a typist who dreams of a Hollywood career. Everyone is desperate and the stakes are high. Thom Southerland’s stylish production, on a traverse stage, is fast moving and theatrical.
Thomas Ovans is particularly impressed by a haunting quality in the poems from a new collection by Andrew Shields
John Lucas reviews a mixed bag of recent poetry collections from both sides of the Atlantic .
In the Flemish town of Veurne (Furnes in French), tucked away with appropriate incongruity between a bandstand and an aviary, stands a bust of Paul Delvaux (1897-1994), the surrealist painter who lived and died among the step-gabled houses painstakingly rebuilt after the devastation wrought by the World Wars.
William Marshall & Wendy French are enthusiastic about the Eric Ravilious exhibition at the Dulwich Picture Gallery (running until August 31st)