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The United Nations and its Responsibility to Protect

In a few months the UN will be sixty-seven years old. Fifty-one countries joined in 1945. Today there are one hundred and ninety-three member states. Upon...

Sylvia, Shakespeare and Shamans

  POETRY Poet and Critic: The Letters of Ted Hughes and Keith Sagar, edited by Keith Sagar, The British Library, 340pp, £25 (hardback) Charting a friendship of...

Meeting Robert Graves

  In the summer of 1970, when driving around Majorca, I stopped for a few days in the remote coastal village of Deyá. I was...

Fear of the Self: Japanese Literature’s Tragic Hero

Akutagawa Ryūnosuke, or to follow Western appellative conventions, Ryūnosuke Akutagawa, is one of Japan’s literary institutions. His stories are studied by all Japanese schoolchildren,...

The Welsh Poppy Flame of the Sun: A Tribute to Raymond...

  Raymond Garlick, who died in Cardiff on 19 March 2011, was an important and influential figure in support of Wales and Welsh writing in...

Afghanistan: Mara Yod Ast

A lyrical depiction of the country before it was ravaged by war


‘A dowser is a poet’ you thought, leaning on the farm gate to find the way. But maps have never helped us much, our...

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