Chris Beckett finds himself wanting more from Julia Bird’s idiosyncratic menu of poetry subjects and styles
Landscaping for recreational purposes – this, says Martin Noutch, could be a metaphor for the way that Michael McKimm’s new collection makes poetry out of geology
Josh Ekroy identifies commitment and precise observation as being the chief strengths of Christopher Smith’s new collection
The evening started with Steve Reich and Colin Currie performing the 1970 Clapping Music which was a strong taster for what was to come.
Kathy Clugston is one of Radio 4’s most familiar voices. Any morning of the week, you’ll hear her in her light Caledonian accent introducing the news, the shipping forecast and much else besides.
John Forth suspects that Peter Bland’s poetic inspirations come to him unbidden – rather as shy creatures will approach nature-watchers who remain patient while waiting for small animals.
One of the great classic Broadway musicals, those brazen chords by Jule Styne (music) as the orchestra limber up in the Overture let you know immediately you’re right in the heart of razzmatazz Broadway showbiz, where the lights shine brighter, the feathers are bigger and everything sings of a world of glitz and dreams.
This show originally opened on Broadway in 1955 and is a modern Faustian pact where a middle aged baseball fanatic sells his soul to the devil for youth and the chance to beat the Yankees.
D A Prince examines some of the subtleties that make Hubert Moore’s poetry so effective
A few years ago, I remember watching a TV drama about Hitler that surprised me. It was the true story of Hans Litten, the brilliant young German lawyer who subpoenaed Hitler in 1931, cross-examined him in a trial of four Nazi stormtroopers and humiliated him.
The library committee of Stepney Borough Council have invited Ms Tilly Crumb, the maverick editor of the Stepney Chronicle to give a lecture about the First World War. Tilly is a cross between Germaine Greer, Janet Street Porter and Edith Piaf and the library committee are nervous that her lecture will be just a bit too radical for their taste.
Peter Giles re-tells a little-known story from the second world war…