Roger Caldwell reviews Ian Gordon‘s recent biography of the poet Anne Stevenson
I usually find middle-brow fiction quite consoling. So, I turned to my bookshelves in search of something not too literary in the hope of distraction from these troubled times. Colin, a supernatural tale, published in two parts by E.F. Benson in 1923, seemed to fit the bill.
Michael Bartholomew-Biggs dips into a collection of ‘lost’ ekphrastic poems by R S Thomas
Merryn Williams praises a new – but, sadly, posthumous – collection from Elizabeth Burns
Sarah Lawson plaintively asks the question: Why Don’t People Read Benito Cereno When I Tell Them To?
Merryn Williams admires the seemingly-inexhaustible poetic skill on show in a double collection from Ruth Bidgood
A spiritual autobiography by Murray Bodo turns out to be an unexpectedly down-to-earth story
A short review by Merryn Williams enters fully into the spirit of Jan Owen’s Baudelaire-based jeu d’esprit
John Lucas reflects on Michael Wilding’s account of the lives and work of three significant figures from Australia’s early literary history
A dance-drama about the troubled lives of Caitlin & Dylan Thomas
Richie McCaffery gives a largely enthusiastic welcome to collection of critical essays by Katy Evans-Bush
Pam Thompson considers Maura Dooley‘s slim but substantial chapbook inspired by a residency at Jane Austen’s house.