Funny, reassuring and irrepressibly warm, the West End version of Only Fools and Horses is proving to be the right musical at the right time.
Merryn Williams admires the continuing power of Ruth Bidgood’s poetry
Maria C. McCarthy is both entertained and puzzled by the poems in a debut collection by Dawn Watson
One of the main aims of visiting Canada was to develop my research on Margaret Atwood. The New Central library in Calgary, which opened in 2018, provided me with all the facilities I needed.
In his final decade, the Czech nationalist Janacek, found a new love interest and produced five major operas. The most accessible and refreshing is The Cunning Little Vixen (premiered in 1924), with its comic acceptance – like late Shakespeare – of the redemptive power of love and renewal, and its tragic awareness of the forces of raw nature and of life’s disappointments.
Before planning my journey to Canada, I made a list of my priorities. At the top of it was experiencing the country of the author I am studying for my PhD: Margaret Atwood.
Angela Topping looks at a successful collaboration between Rebecca Goss & Chris Routledge
Neil Fulwood compliments David Clarke on not putting a foot wrong in his poetic assessment of present day Britain
East India Dock Road, site of Queen Victoria Seamen’s Rest forms part of the A13, which links Aldgate in the City of London to Shoeburyness, forty miles away on the shore of the North Sea – so, not the most obvious place to build a refuge for seafarers.
Angela Topping admires Jane Burn’s fleetness of word in a new narrative sequence
Wendy French considers a sizeable collection by Chris Armstrong and finds it honest about love, loss and the joy of being alive
D A Prince reviews an excellent debut pamphlet by Joe Carrick-Varty