Faber Reading: An Evening with Emily Berry, Emma Jones, Zaffar Kunial,...

The Crypt on the Green in Clerkenwell Close was beautifully lit with fairy lights, and the low chatter of poetry enthusiasts graced the air....

Castles in the Air | Stephen Chambers : The Court of...

Princes, prefects, urchins and poets; these are just a few in a court of luminaries setting sail to Venice. But all is not as...

Lisa Brice at the Stephen Friedman Gallery

In 1959 Yves Klein wrote: “blue has no dimensions.” For him, all other colours could be relegated to specific associative ideas that they arouse....

Howard Hodgkin: Absent Friends at the National Portrait Gallery

According to a new exhibition of Howard Hodgkin’s work at the National Portrait Gallery, one of the artist’s principal concerns throughout his sixty-five year...

An interview with Paul Benney

If you walk along one of the leafy roads from Hackney Downs and turn down a little side street, you may just find yourself...

An interview with Fiona Sampson

Fiona Sampson MBE is a poet and writer, published in thirty-seven languages, who has received international prizes in the US, India, Macedonia and Bosnia....

Acrostic by Sudeep Sen

(R.I.P. Derek Walcott: January 23, 1930 – March 17, 2017) Deep seas of yesteryears wash new froth on your home shores. Egrets, sea gulls, circle the...

Essay | Marion Coutts: ‘Aiming or Hitting’ by Annie Carpenter

These are busy times for the writer and artist Marion Coutts. Her first novel, The Iceberg, which was published in 2014, has proved a...

Review | Louder Than Hearts by Zeina Hashem Beck

‘Louder than Hearts has it all’, writes Betsy Sholl, judge of the 2016 May Sarton New Hampshire Poetry Prize, ‘compelling language and a sense...

Pigeons by Kate Bingham

I It’s just the same old air a person breathes, roughly the same respiratory system, steady compared with ours, the same idea of hindrance (flesh the breath must...

We Are The Cenotaphs by Aaron Fagan

Over a cup of Marco Polo And a bowl of bird's nest soup, Listening to the world as a whole Through the particular, I laugh Into the telephone...

Competence by Anna Kahn

There is nothing in this room for those who have not learned to sing without thinking, who don’t know where the music fits in their bodies, how to...

America after the Fall at Royal Academy of Arts

Organised by the Art Institute of Chicago, the Musée de l’Orangerie in Paris and the London Royal Academy of Arts, 'America After the Fall:...

Transcending Boundaries by teamLab at Pace London

Touch coral reefs, and they will die. It doesn’t feel outlandish to suggest an oblique parable in the fact that one of the world’s...

Vanessa Bell at the Dulwich Picture Gallery

How much context do we need to appreciate a painting? Take, for example, Vanessa Bell’s Studland Beach, 1912. We might describe it in terms...

Woolf Works at the Royal Opera House

On the night of its seventeenth performance, Woolf Works opens with sounds of London; Big Ben, the distant rumbling of cars, all of which...

David Hockney at Tate Britain

Visiting a gallery in London during the February half term is a rookie error. In a bid to occupy restless children, and driven inside...

Hair by Sam McKnight at Somerset House

Follow lipstick red arrows pasted on the floor of Somerset House round winding steps down the rabbit hole, and you will emerge in the...

Poetry and the Public by Paul Gittins

The prestigious T.S. Eliot Award in January that kicked off the poetry establishment’s crowded calendar of poetry competitions served to highlight the ever widening...

Stranger, Baby by Emily Berry

Freud is dangerous territory for poets. He did more than just make his mark on the literature of the twentieth century: he cross-hatched it....

Bright Celestial Objects by Rebecca Goss

After Alison Watt, ‘Venus’ (2015) Their backs against the grass, she felt a pull, as if the leaves on the trees were lodestones, the hairs on her skin...

Seamus Heaney and Jan Hendrix: A Shared Landscape of Inspiration

The long friendship and collaboration between Seamus Heaney and Jan Hendrix has been hitherto a little known story and began on paper and in...

Madness by Patrick Cash

There’s a stream by the Avon ward Where I stand to watch the water flow And unwind the whirlpools of my mind When it’s dark I let...

The Glass Menagerie at the Duke of York’s Theatre

Cherry Jones returns to the role of Amanda Wingfield in Tennessee Williams’ The Glass Menagerie, directed by John Tiffany. This London revival of American theatre’s...