Bernard Green has already given London Grip readers his memoir of Alf’s Café: here now is his “prequel” about dramatic incidents in Farnham in the 1940s…
Of all Shakespeare’s plays, the problematic Taming of the Shrew lends itself to tongue-in-cheek adaptations. Already a play-within-a-play in the original version, framing Shakespeare’s account of the shrewish Kate and her borderline-abusive Petruchio with a backstage broken romance ratchets up a notch the already absurdly charged sexual tension.
Joan Michelson picks her way through a few flower poems by Peter Phillips
One of the most vexed questions around prostitution today concerns the legal status and rights of sex workers. Feminists and policy makers fall into two camps.
Graham Hardie responds positively to the reflective and nostalgic poetry of Lynda Plater
Emma Lee takes a dip in an anthology of sea poems
Rafael Campo and Zeina Hashem Beck are two very different poets and Norbert Hirschhorn enjoys their work in different ways
Sarah Lawson plaintively asks the question: Why Don’t People Read Benito Cereno When I Tell Them To?
Rosie Johnston is impressed by Martin Figura’s boldness in applying Catastrophe Theory to the mechanics of human relationships
Brian Docherty comments on political poems from pre-WW2 Japan by Kosuke Shirasu which have recently been republished in a bi-lingual edition by Jun Shirasu and Bruce Barnes
Thomas Ovans enthuses over a new (and overdue) collection from Donald Atkinson
Sam Shepard’s 1983 play has now become a theatre classic because of the hugely challenging roles it gives to four actors. The plot centres around the love-hate relationship between an incestuous half-brother and sister.