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.
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
How can one compile a collection about Jane Austen? Ruth Valentine comments on the success of such an anthology, edited by Maura Dooley
John Lucas is impressed by the depth and range of literary and musical knowledge displayed in a new collection of essays by Jim Burns