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Hammer and Tongue Poetry Slam Finals at the Royal Albert Hall
Jan 16, 2017
I had watched countless videos on YouTube, attended other poetry slams and kept abreast of the ‘scene’ on social media, but nothing quite prepared...
Chan by Hannah Lowe
Dec 8, 2016
Hannah Lowe’s latest collection of poetry Chan (Bloodaxe, 2016) revisits the characters and stories from her first collection, Chick (Bloodaxe, 2013), which won the...
Unity in Variety VI at Gabriel Fine Arts
Dec 8, 2016
In the sixth edition of their most recent collaboration with Barikee, Gabriel Fine Arts showcased an expansive array of work, from the interpretive calligraphy...
The Radical Eye: Modernist Photography from the Sir Elton John Collection
Nov 29, 2016
“It’s not about how great the collection is. It’s about the photographers who took the photographs…how they changed the art form forever.” While he still...
Picasso Portraits: Humour is Key
Nov 25, 2016
The exhibition at London’s National Portrait Gallery differs from William Rubin’s one on Picasso’s portraits twenty years ago at MOMA by defining Picasso’s portraits...
La Bohème at The Cutty Sark
Nov 18, 2016
Puccini’s La Boheme has long elicited a powerful emotional response from its audiences, but rarely have the cast been close enough to see its...
Faber & The Poetry Society Reading: Eric Berlin, Emily Berry and Jack Underwood
Nov 17, 2016
Poetry was necessary on this year’s election night. As we sat in a beautiful, packed room in Bloomsbury House, Faber’s headquarters, surrounded by first...
Franciszka Themerson at l’étrangère
Nov 10, 2016
Avant-garde in its truest sense is an appellation that can be justifiably given to the artist, illustrator, film-maker, publisher, theatre and book designer, Franciszka...
The Schooldays of Jesus by J. M. Coetzee and Nutshell by Ian McEwan
Nov 9, 2016
“Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire”: you could say that this Yeatsian adage is the bedrock...
The Power by Naomi Alderman
Nov 7, 2016
Some suggest that science fiction is a woman’s genre. In its purest form, sci-fi reimagines the structures of society and, in the process, creates...
Anastasia at The Royal Opera House
Nov 4, 2016
The revival of Kenneth MacMillan's compelling and experimental ballet Anastasia is currently being performed by the Royal Ballet for the first time since 2004. The ballet circles...
The Met Office Advises Caution by Rebecca Watts
Oct 27, 2016
As its title suggests, Rebecca Watts’s new collection seeks to reinvent nature poetry for the 21st Century: a tradition most closely associated with figures...
The Red Barn at The National Theatre
Oct 21, 2016
In a recent interview with The Times, acclaimed theatre director Robin Icke said that he walks out of shows at the interval ‘all the...
Noon in Paris, Eight in Chicago by Douglas Cowie
Oct 21, 2016
Douglas Cowie’s most recent book, Noon in Paris, Eight in Chicago, is a fictionalised account of the near-two-decades-long relationship between Simone de Beauvoir and Nelson Algren....
No’s Knife at The Old Vic
Oct 17, 2016
‘… no need of a story, a story is not compulsory, just a life, that’s the mistake I made, one of the mistakes, to...
London Literature Festival, Southbank Centre
Oct 14, 2016
An evening at the Southbank Centre is always going to be enlightening and entertaining - this is never more true than during the London...
Danny Rolph – East Central at CNB Gallery
Oct 4, 2016
To improve efficiency during World War I the 10 London postcode districts which had been introduced in 1857 were subdivided into numbered sub-districts, thus...
Picasso Sculptures at Musée National Picasso-Paris
Oct 4, 2016
Picasso Sculpture opened to great acclaim last September at New York’s Museum of Modern Art before moving to the Musée National Picasso-Paris and is...
William Eggleston: Portraits
Sep 28, 2016
William Eggleston wrote far better than most writers write. He wrote without words through his portraits as fleeting and resonant as a Carver story....
Björk Digital at Somerset House
Sep 23, 2016
Over her three-decade long career, Icelandic artist Björk has always blurred limits; genre limits between experimental and pop music, verbal limits between language and...
Wife by Tiphanie Yanique
Sep 23, 2016
Intimacy and infidelity, warmth and vacuousness, possessed and free. These are all the paradoxes that are found, lost, and found again in Tiphanie Yanique’s...
The Red and Yellow Nothing by Jay Bernard
Sep 1, 2016
It is difficult to put a finger on the immediate aftermath of reading The Red and Yellow Nothing: there is puzzlement, rage, and wonder,...
Dead Women Poets Society
Aug 30, 2016
‘#JoinTheSeance!’ is Helen Bowell's excited exhortation to a low-lit room of poetry enthusiasts, surrounded by electric candles in the basement of The Poetry Café and awaiting...
Say Something Back by Denise Riley
Aug 26, 2016
In their most cliched form, attempts to describe the experience of bereavement tend to settle into a series of unanswerable questions: ‘why?’ being the...
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