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
Rosemary Norman describes how she collaborates with video-maker Stuart Pound to make films from her own poems.
Thomas Ovans tries to keep up with Mark Gerchick’s comprehensive analysis of the airline business which explains why and how the glamour of flying has now been reduced as much as the legroom in economy class.
In the character of Richard – the weak 14th century English king, swayed by favourites who allowed himself to be deposed – Shakespeare wrote some of his most poetic and fascinating psychological insights into kingship and collapse of fortunes. He’s a `problem’ character alright.
In Brussels, art nouveau found its most complete expression in the architecture of Victor Horta. Now the Brussels’ Musees Royaux des Beaux Arts has devoted a huge new “Fin-de-Siecle” section, a museum in itself, to the artistic context in which he thrived.
John Greening discusses recent collections by two eminent Irish poets
Vaughan Rapatahana seeks, in relatively few words, to give a flavour of Alan Corkish’s monumental and challenging 25,000-word semi-autobiographical poem
The Donmar Warehouse stages Josie Rourke’s own take on Coriolanus, the Roman general who could not stoop to flatter the public and who pays the highest price for his `arrogance’.
Michael Bartholomew-Biggs takes in Deborah Tyler-Bennett’s poetic impressions of a residency at Keats House
How do we acknowledge the mess that Britain made in 1947 when the Indian subcontinent was carved into two countries? This is the central question underlying Howard Brenton’s caustic new play. Drawing The Line explores the moment when the line between India and Pakistan was made and British rule in India ended.