Review | Iolanta and L’enfant et les sortilèges at Royal Academy Opera

The Royal Academy Opera put on a sumptuous double bill of one-act operas: Tchaikovsky’s Iolanta and Ravel’s L’enfant et les sortilèges. The operas are both quite fairytale like but they couldn’t be more different, both as productions and operas. First up was Iolanta, performed in the original Russian with quite a simple but exceptionally effective […]

Review | Little Boy by Lawrence Ferlinghetti

Lawrence Ferlinghetti is about to turn one hundred years old, and he still has plenty to say. In his work Little Boy – a sort of memoir-meets-polemic which he calls a “novel”- Ferlinghetti straddles an odd position: he is a living author who is often discussed alongside his peers as though he were a dead […]

Review | Animalia by Jean-Baptiste Del Amo

“When she finds a worm buried in the heart of a plum, an apple, she looks at it, shows it, then eats it. She finds in it the taste of sacrifice.” Animalia is not for the faint hearted. The family saga, recounted by Jean-Baptiste Del Amo, and translated by Frank Wynne from the original Règne […]

Poetry | Joan Howson’s Cottage by Michael Henry

Michael Henry Joan Howson’s Cottage This is Black Rock Sands that …………my parents walked to from their honeymoon hideaway. Those are the footprints they left …………on the sand. That is the black dog that ran up …………to my mother and my father shooed down to the sea, …………down to the sea. And this is Tyn-y-Mynydd […]

News | Waltham Forest Borough of Culture 2019 — The People’s Forest + Interview

The People’s Forest — a literary strand to Waltham Forest’s programme as the first ever London Borough of Culture this year — has recently been announced, which is to be curated by arts consultant and events curator Kirsteen McNish, and Luke Turner, co-founder of the website The Quietus and writer of Out of the Woods. […]

Review | How Chicago! Imagists 1960s & 70s at Goldsmiths CCA

How Chicago! Imagists 1960s & 70s opens at the Goldsmiths Centre for Contemporary Art on the 15th March, showing until 26th May, before moving to De La Warr Pavilion in East Sussex in June. The Chicago Imagists were a group of artists in the 1960s and 70s that moved against the New York scene, employing […]

Review | Circa at Old Red Lion Theatre

Circa, written by Tom Ratcliffe and directed by Andy Twyman is meant to be a story about modern gay life. I say meant to, it is about modern gay life, however, it’s description is that it follows one man’s life, unless I’d read that, I wouldn’t actually believe that. I still maintain it’s wrong, the […]

Interview | Kevin Breathnach

I had intended my interview with Kevin Breathnach to go smoothly and at first it appeared to be doing so. We had arranged a time for a discussion over Skype, had both logged on at that appointed time, and he had made contact in the chat box: ‘Ready whenever you are but no rush!’ Then […]

Review | Henry Hudson — nothing sticks to nothing at Hannah Barry Gallery

The story being told is not one of words, but of a language that finds roots beyond symbols defined by mere convention. Memories that are both past and future, a now that has the present somehow out of reach – a limbo. Henry Hudson is no stranger to the art world. He is known for […]

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