Winning the TS Eliot Prize is hardly a matter of life and death. But the film of that name inspired Sinéad Morrissey to pen a collection which finally secured the UK’s most prestigious poetry prize for Belfast’s first poet laureate.
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Monday 06 January 2014
Nathan Filer's novel explores a man's descent into mental illness
Wednesday 11 December 2013
From the courtroom, during that historic speech, you “could hear the police dogs baying outside in the square” where two lines of police were “barring the large crowds singing in support of their heroes”.
Monday 02 December 2013
An architect has brought us perilously close to a world where morgues tower upwards
Tuesday 01 October 2013
Former maths teacher’s recollection of an unorthodox lesson was a ‘delight’ for judges
Thursday 26 September 2013
A poet?! You have 10 seconds before I switch off… 10, 9 –
Sunday 22 September 2013
What's really going on in the world of books
Friday 06 September 2013
This week's questions are answered by the author Philip Pullman
Sunday 01 September 2013
A celebration of the life and work of the Nobel laureate, who died in Ireland last week
Wednesday 28 August 2013
You will look in vain for an ode to broccoli. And that is because broccoli is rubbish
Thursday 28 March 2013
Derry is this year’s City of Culture, but the nerve centre of the celebrations will forever be associated with its troubled past
Saturday 12 January 2013
How often does it need to be said that a self-laudatory programme-note is a hostage to fortune? As a preamble to her new orchestral work ‘Night Ferry’, Anna Clyne pre-empted what critics might say by providing her own review.
Sunday 19 August 2012
Wednesday 18 April 2012
Wanted: 23 "missing" poets. Must be from Burkina Faso, Papua New Guinea, Liechtenstein or one of 20 other nations still missing from the roster of a record-breaking poetry event scheduled to form part of this summer's Olympics cultural programme.
Thursday 25 August 2011
When Faber & Faber announced in June they were offering TS Eliot's The Waste Land as an iPad app, a lot of us Luddites snorted and rolled our eyes to heaven, and said, "My dear, what would poor Tom Stearns have made of this?" But we agreed that, if you really couldn't get to grips with the actual words of the Modernist masterpiece, the app certainly offered you a lot for £7.99 – recordings of the poem being read by Alec Guinness, Ted Hughes, Viggo Mortensen and TSE himself (sounding like a depressed bank manager throughout); a dramatised, intensely physical reading by Fiona Shaw; and hyperlinked commentaries from 30-odd literary chaps from Seamus Heaney to Craig Raine.
Friday 15 July 2011
A new collection of essays by Karl Miller is a cause for jubilation, and this one comes with a bonus: a 31-page preface, or companion piece, by Andrew O'Hagan. O'Hagan's foreword, "The Excursions", sets the scene for much of what's in store. It describes a series of literary jaunts, undertaken in a spirit of homage and exuberance, by three friends, distinguished fellow-Celts, all endowed with the strongest instinct for allusion and assessment. ("Karl and Seamus sat on a bench and argued about the Latin on Vaughan's grave.")
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