It is a far cry from the spartan poetry of TS Eliot but booming sales of Tom Bower’s juicy biography of X Factor impresario Simon Cowell have helped push Faber & Faber’s profits up fourfold.
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Thursday 26 September 2013
A poet?! You have 10 seconds before I switch off… 10, 9 –
Friday 06 September 2013
As Johnny Flynn a releases a new track, After Eliot, Chris Mugan traces the Modernist's longstanding influence on popular music
Friday 12 July 2013
Life and literature seldom make a perfect rhyme, as a learned, troubled heroine discovers
Sunday 26 May 2013
"A poem should not mean, but be," in Archibald MacLeish's famous words.
Sunday 14 April 2013
A single, half-muffled bell will toll as the funeral cortege draws up to St Paul's.
Wednesday 06 March 2013
Polymathic arts writer Kevin Jackson, in Bath to introduce his book Constellation of Genius about the literary annus mirabilis of 1922, ran up against the feminist lobby.
Friday 08 February 2013
Man settles beside a river, that source of life, commerce. He creates built structures, for shelter, and then, as they grow and cluster about him, for slightly different reasons: pomp, power, prestige. London was and is such a place. Here we see her in the near present, in all her messy, creeping sprawl, smudgy, looming, enormous, mighty. Majestic even. This city is everything that man, cumulatively, has wanted her to be. Here is both all her vital and upward-thrusting nowness, together with all the untidy remnants of everything that she once was or has laid claim to be. A mighty, awe-inspiringly ramshackle palimpsest then.
Saturday 26 January 2013
Monday 14 January 2013
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.
Sunday 22 April 2012
English is shot through with the Bard's words and phrases, but what of his harder plays, and the work of his successors?
Sunday 15 April 2012
- 1 Cameron's freebie to apartheid South Africa
- 2 Nelson Mandela life story: An unconquerable spirit
- 3 Is this the scariest advert ever? Japanese tyre commercial comes with its own disclaimer and health warning
- 4 A forgotten episode in Russian history leaves links with the Philippines
- 5 Video: Students 'punched and dragged to the ground by their hair' as police break up demonstration