Review | Medusa at Sadler’s Wells Theatre

Through beautifully poetic movements and engaging drama, Jasmin Vardimon has created a unique choreographic voice that enables her to explore deeply controversial social and...

Review | Killed Negatives at Whitechapel Gallery

A woman slumps at a table, one eye guarded and watchful, the other replaced by a perfect circle of blackness. In the frame next...

Falling Awake by Alice Oswald

'The whole challenge of poetry', Alice Oswald once wrote, 'is to keep language open, so that what we don't yet know can pass through...

7 London Museums That You Might Have Missed

London is full of big-name museums, but it is also home to numerous small and hidden establishments. While The British Museum merits infinite visits,...

Cockfosters by Helen Simpson

If you dare to enter the murky world of short story criticism, you are likely to find yourself swamped by metaphors—florid, emotive, and frequently...

Review | Max Beaverbrook: Not Quite a Gentleman by Charles Williams

Max Beaverbrook: Not Quite a Gentleman By Charles Williams Biteback Publishing, £25 In the age of the internet it is easy to forget the immense influence that...

The Power by Naomi Alderman

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

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...

Measures of Expatriation by Vahni Capildeo

Vahni Capildeo said in a 2012 interview with Zannab Sheikh that ‘poetry is a form of concentration’. Her latest collection, Measures of Expatriation, puts...

The High Mountains of Portugal by Yann Martel

The High Mountains of Portugal is not a traditional novel but instead a set of three interconnected tales that take place over the course...

Hammer and Tongue Poetry Slam Finals at the Royal Albert Hall

I had watched countless videos on YouTube, attended other poetry slams and kept abreast of the ‘scene’ on social media, but nothing quite prepared...
Art and Conflict – M-Museum in Leuven Presents Ravaged by Loma-Ann Marks

Art and Conflict – M-Museum in Leuven Presents Ravaged by Loma-Ann...

“The destruction of the past is perhaps the greatest of all crimes,” said French philosopher and writer Simone Weil, and this idea runs throughout...

Review | Multiverse by Andrew Wynn Owen

The Multiverse ( or theermvsuitle as it says on the cover)  is the first poetry collection by Andrew Wynn Owen, a fellow of All...

Danny Rolph – East Central at CNB Gallery

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...

Review | Out of the Woods by Luke Turner

Out of the Woods, the first book by Luke Turner, begins with the breakdown of a five year relationship with his girlfriend, caused by...

The Schooldays of Jesus by J. M. Coetzee and Nutshell by...

“Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire”: you could say that this Yeatsian adage is the bedrock...

Dido and Aeneas by Jeffrey Meyers

Autumn in Venice: Ernest Hemingway and His Last Muse, Andrea di Robilant, Atlantic Books, 348 pp. £17.99 (hardback). Andrea di Robilant has done extensive research, but...

You Must Change Your Life – The Story of Rainer Maria...

You Must Change Your Life is an enthralling exploration of the complex relationship between two creative giants of art and literature, drawn together in...

Virginia Woolf – Art, Life and Vision

Virginia Woolf viewed greatness as a “positive possession”. In her mind greatness was “a bodily presence; it has nothing to do with anything said....

Review | What Are We Doing Here? by Marilynne Robinson

The joy of an episodic form is it can be appreciated multiple ways. You do not need to agree with every constituent part to...

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...

Coleshill by Fiona Sampson

Coleshill, Fiona Sampson, Chatto & Windus, 80pp, £10.00 (paperback) ‘If only form were language…’ (‘Dreamsongs’) ‘We tremble, feeling everything’s in motion, and that feeling goes to and fro in the world...

Review | Frida Kahlo: Making Her Self Up and Dorothea Lange:...

Frida Kahlo: Making Her Self Up, Victoria & Albert Museum, Circe Henestrosa & Claire Wilcox, until November 4th 2018 Dorothea Lange: The Politics of Seeing,...

Review | Feel Free by Nick Laird

Nick Laird’s new poetry collection, Feel Free, shares a title with his wife Zadie Smith’s January-released essay collection, and while Laird deserves a closer...

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