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Suspect stabbed his friend to death after victim insisted prose was superior as literary genre

Wiggins: His accident might dent the enthusiasm of converts to cycling

You don't have to copy Bradley Wiggins. There is a better way

Walking has amazing health benefits (as well as being free), writes Andrew Martin

Edinburgh Historic Graveyards

Wordsworth knew it. Saatchi knows it. There is no getting over death, no moving on

The popular wisdom is that we must move on. Achieve closure. When I hear the word “closure” I reach for my revolver.

The Blagger's Guide To: Cecil Day-Lewis

The Poet Laureate, political activist and Casanova

Album: Lang Lang, The Chopin Album (Sony Music Classical)

The Lang Lang brand is now so pervasive, and the live performances so geared to the gallery, that we only meet the real pianist on CD.

Album: Paul Banks, Banks (Matador)

It takes great skill and taste to make pseudo-intellectual condescension palatable as entertainment, and Interpol singer Paul Banks clearly lacks both, in sizeable quantities.

National poet of Wales pens ode to Cardiff's John Lewis

She could have bought one of their birthday cards. But the national poet of Wales Gillian Clarke instead celebrated the third anniversary of Cardiff’s John Lewis store by doing what she does best - writing a poem.

Collected Poems, By Vladimir Nabokov. Penguin Classics, £20

In his wonderful autobiography Speak, Memory, Vladimir Nabokov looks to the summer of 1914 and records that it was at this moment that "the numb fury of verse-making came over me". "A moment later", he writes, "my first poem began." It does seem to be true that the summer of 1914 marked the inaugural moment of Nabokov's poetic career – a career occluded by the shining heights of his fiction. It flickered into life with the shimmering poem "Music", published in this elegant volume for the first time, and now we have his earliest works.

The Emperor's New Clothes (14/10/12)

Misty, mellow, fruitful... the poet Keats may see only beauty in autumn, but David Randall dreads the gloom

There Was a Country: A Personal History of Biafra, By Chinua Achebe

A great veteran of a bitter conflict looks back in sadness, and reflects on the role of words in war

Nguyen Chi Thien: Dissident poet

Nguyen Chi Thien, who died on 2 October aged 73 at a hospital in Santa Ana, California, was a Vietnamese dissident poet who spent nearly 30 years in communist prisons in his native country. Thien had contracted tuberculosis while in Vietnamese prison, and doctors were investigating a large mass in his lung in the days before he died.

Beyond the Lyric: A Map of Contemporary British Poetry

This expert survey of verse today crosses party lines

Young poets hailed on National Poetry Day

Fifteen budding young poets have won the Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award today, on National Poetry Day.

London's Piccadilly Lights mark National Poetry Day

London's Piccadilly Lights are being emblazoned with lines of poetry in a first for the world-famous landmark.

Josephine Hart's dream is realised in a new app, says Christina Patterson

There was a time when people on buses and Tubes didn't just fiddle with their phones. There was a time when what they stared at were the pages of a newspaper, or book. Some people still do, of course, but many, many don't. Many just fiddle and tap and flick and glance at one thing, and then another thing, and then at something else.

The Blagger's Guide To... National Poetry Day

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