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Tyson Keats of London Welsh

London Welsh charged with fielding ineligible player in 'a number' of matches

The issue relates to the registration of scrum-half Tyson Keats

Tony Harrison's 1985 poem 'V' now reads prophetically

Radio review: Tony Harrison's V - Words that still shock when they cease to offend

In a week when much moral outrage was expended over something that was published in the London Review of Books, it was tempting to ask – what's changed? Because for Hilary Mantel in 2013 you could – in a way – read Tony Harrison in 1985.

Controversial: Tony Harrison

The Week in Radio: Tony Harrison is 75 - but he hasn't aged and nor has V

In the summer of 1972 Alice Cooper, the fright-wigged shock-rocker, sent Mary Whitehouse, the blue-rinsed umbrage-taker, a bunch of flowers along with a note of thanks. Through the latter's vociferous campaigning to have Cooper's single "School's Out" banned from Top of the Pops, she inadvertently propelled it to the top of the charts.

Book of a Lifetime: Collected Poems 1937-1966, By Martin Bell

The only book Martin Bell published in his lifetime was his 'Collected Poems', a hardback between mustard-coloured paper covers with a wood engraving showing a contemplative Puritan poet. There was nothing else until ten years after his death when, in 1988, Bloodaxe published the 'Complete Poems', edited by Peter Porter.

English scholar and poet Alfred Edward Housman (1859 - 1936)

Rare unpublished A.E. Housman poem about unrequited love expected to fetch £25,000

Shropshire Lad poet A.E. Housman gave strict instructions upon his death that working drafts and unpublished poems should be destroyed. But a rare handwritten poem that was saved from destruction is set to go under the hammer and is expected to fetch up to £25,000.

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The teatro Comunale of Carpi – a town of 67,000 people in northern Italy – opened on 11 August 1861 with a performance of Verdi's Rigoletto. It has since become one of the Emilia-Romagna region's most important municipal theatres, a venue of prestigious recitals both musical and literary, its 582 seats taken up by descending flocks of culture vultures.

Why don’t more politicians wax poetical like Winston Churchill?

There are one or two who would probably contribute to the public good much more effectively by writing poetry

Poetry slams do nothing to help the art form survive

Poetry is dying. Actually, it's pretty dead already for all intents and purposes and the rise of performance poetry slams is doing nothing to help matters. I know, I used to be a performance poet.

Hilary Mantel, winner of the Costa Novel Award for 'Bring up the Bodies'

'I won't apologise for winning another prize': Hilary Mantel claims Costa Book of the Year

Despite pleas to give other authors a chance, judges vote unanimously for 'Bring up the Bodies'

Rebecca Tyrrel: Shirley MacLaine's poems should whet the appetite of any Hallmark talent scouts

Who knew that Shirley MacLaine has insured herself, to the tune of $25 million, against being abducted by aliens? With almost any other Hollywood actor, you might have dismissed the report, in a US magazine, as fanciful. With Warren Beatty's older sister, it makes perfect sense, which is of course something all too seldom to be said for Shirley herself.

Do you want to know a secret? The Beatles gave their opinion on Elvis in an interview with a DJ in 1965, a tape of which is being auctioned

New book of poetry celebrates The Beatles' impact

It is one of the most quoted gobbets of British poetry: “Sexual intercourse began/ In nineteen sixty-three/(which was rather late for me) –/Between the end of the Chatterley ban/And the Beatles’ first LP.”

Unhitched: the Trial of Christopher Hitchens, By Richard Seymour

Sectarian and mean-spirited, this far-left attack on the late contrarian author fails to convince

Poet Sharon Olds scoops TS Eliot Prize for 'confessional' work about her husband's affair

If revenge is a dish best served cold, Sharon Olds must have been licking her lips last night. Fifteen years after her husband ran off with another woman, the poet scooped the UK’s most prestigious poetry prize for a collection that explored the experience in detail.

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