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Now All Roads Lead to France: The Last Years of Edward Thomas, By Matthew Hollis<br />Selected Poems, By Edward Thomas, edited by Matthew Hollis
Friday 29 July 2011
Thomas Hardy, writing in "Afterwards" of "the dewfall hawk" and the "glad green wings" of May, hoped to be identified as "a man who used to notice such things". Edward Thomas (1872-1917) lacked even this vestigial optimism, but as he walked and cycled the breadth of rural England, he too was intimately attentive to what he encountered – a group of aspens, a nettle-bed, a path vanishing in a wood. In Now All Roads lead to France, Matthew Hollis, himself a poet, sets out to honour Thomas with similar care for the poems, the life and the literary climate in which the poet worked and where, with the help of Robert Frost, he eventually uncovered his poetic gift before joining the millions killed in the First World War.
Saturday 25 June 2011
In the garden of Hillbark, Bardsey, just north of Leeds is one of the strangest pieces of yew topiary you're ever likely to see. Tim Gittins and Malcolm Simm have been gardening at Hillbark for 26 years, starting from scratch on a long, thin piece of ground that sloped away from the house to a stream in the valley below. Cleverly, they terraced the garden into three different levels and made a very beautiful pond at the bottom.
Friday 24 June 2011
Monday 13 June 2011
Three men were jailed today after they admitted running an international paedophile ring that distributed millions of indecent images and films of children to over 40 countries around the world.
Saturday 11 June 2011
The consequences of an exceptionally dry spring are hitting home.
Friday 10 June 2011
The attorney-General's refusal yesterday to request an inquest into the death of Dr David Kelly was furiously condemned by campaigners, who are now planning a legal challenge.
Thursday 09 June 2011
Attorney General Dominic Grieve has ruled out asking the High Court to order an inquest into the death of David Kelly.
Wednesday 08 June 2011
Pensioners use less than half of their winter fuel payment for heating, while many cut back on food during cold snaps in order to spend more on keeping warm, a report has indicated.
Friday 03 June 2011
The Australian experimental composer Ben Frost is in London to meet his mentor Brian Eno, ahead of their joint project at the Reykjavik Festival in Iceland this weekend.
Thursday 02 June 2011
Friday 27 May 2011
Sigyn Birkeland has put together an intriguing programme of modern bassoon pieces.
Sunday 17 April 2011
Saturday 26 March 2011
Sunday 06 March 2011
It's the start of a new season, and garden centres and high-class nurseries alike are trying to persuade you to start spending your money. But before that, think about the following ways to make a fresh horticultural start to 2011...
Saturday 19 February 2011
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