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.
Thomas Ovans is very grateful to Paul McLoughlin and Shoestring Press for republishing some of the best work of the poet Brian Jones.
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.
1914 and the Great War. Given the centenary is upon us, it is everywhere. And perhaps rightly so although heaven knows, there is enough mayhem still going on in the world for us to wonder whether anything has been learnt from past history.
Chris Beckett is enthusiastic about poetry’s potential for exploring and explaining family history and cultural roots – and finds examples in recent collections by Nancy Mattson and Anne Ryland
Blurred Lines/Women of Twilight (The Shed, National Theatre; The White Bear Theatre, Kennington) – reviews by Carole Woddis.
‘Blurred Lines’ is a coolly sophisticated but disturbing addition to the feminist debate with a plethora of statistics interwoven into a series of fragmented scenes about the way women are represented in society. ‘Women of Twilight’, Sylvia Rayman’s 1951/2 drama, focuses on the unhappy fate of unmarried mothers in a way we might find hard to completely comprehend today.
D A Prince considers how well Sheila Hillier has risen to the challenges of following up a successful first collection
Norbert Hirschhorn finds a strong and distinctive voice and character running through the new collection by Jackie Wills.
Merryn Williams finds that John Mole’s new pamphlet convincingly captures the experience of being seriously ill in hospital