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Bruce Dawe's passing is a great loss but his remarkable, socially aware...

For decades when you went into a second-hand bookshop in Australia, if you found only one book of poetry there it would be Bruce Dawe’s Sometimes Gladness The poet Bruce Dawe, who wrote his first poems...

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Tiger King and a bloody mary: Hilary Mantel, Simon Armitage and other writers...

Simon Armitage pogos to neo-punk, Anne Enright craves for Cary Grant, The Seventh Seal cheers up Julian Barnes, Diana Evans works out to hip-hop and Jeanette Winterson talks to herself … writers reveal...

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The best recent poetry – review roundup

In the Lateness of the World by Carolyn Forché; Ledger by Jane Hirshfield; I, Ursula by Ruth Stacey; Yves Bonnefoy: Prose edited by Stephen Romer, Anthony Rudolf and John Naughton Continue reading...

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My favourite book as a kid: Green Eggs and Ham by Dr Seuss

Kicking off a series where writers revisit the book they loved most as a child, Sam Leith returns to a ‘sinister’ classic ‘Say! In the dark? Here in the dark? Would you, could you, in the dark?” Dr...

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Poem of the week: Easter by Róisín Kelly

A chance sighting of an ex-lover sets off very ambivalent emotions, but also a kind of miracle Easter You walk by holding a bunch of flowersnever knowing that you’ve just performed a miracle.Are those...

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'We will meet again': when a monarch brings comfort with a song

The royals aren’t partial to posh poetry – but I remember George VI, like the Queen, bringing solace with a simple line of verse Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage It is 1939...

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Radical Wordsworth, Well-Kept Secrets, William Wordsworth review – lives of...

Republican, eco-warrior young Wordsworth v grand older poet – 250 after his birth, do we still have to take sides? James Boswell started his biography of Dr Johnson on an anxious note: “To write the...

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Government rejects bid to turn Oscar Wilde’s prison into an arts centre

Campaign to convert the former prison was backed by Reading council and luminaries including Stephen Fry but rejected by the Ministry of Justice The Ministry of Justice has rejected a bid to turn...

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Carol Ann Duffy's poems to get us through: Adult Fiction by Ian McMillan

The poet starts a new series, picking poems from her shelves to comfort and inspire us in isolation. Here she introduces a work that celebrates the sounds and smells of libraries Over the coming weeks,...

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Country diary: the quarry is strictly for the birds now

Glyn Ceiriog, Clwyd: No climbers today brave Hendre’s precarious walls, and daffodils grow by the old tramway Memory hold the door! My last spring outing before lockdown, I drove steep lanes from...

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Poem constructed from emails received during quarantine goes viral

Jessica Salfia’s widely shared poem First Lines of Emails I’ve Received While Quarantining has the refrain ‘As you know, many people are struggling’ Everyone has received at least one and now they’ve...

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Poem of the week: Can I fight the power? by Kev Inn

An internal dialogue wrestles with the question of how to contend with undeclared racism Can I fight the power? A meditation on ‘post-raciality’ Continue reading...

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Radical Wordsworth by Jonathan Bate review – fleet-footed and inspiriting

On the 250th anniversary of his birth, a biography focusing on the poet’s most creative years zings with passion and energy In 1798, William Wordsworth arrived from Bristol at the cottage of his...

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The Way Out review – join Omid Djalili on a whirl through wonderland

Available onlineThe labyrinthine corridors of Battersea Arts Centre become a rabbit hole of live acts in this bewitching single-take film Hottest front-room seats: theatre and dance to watch online The...

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Hidden Robert Dover poem uncovered in 17th century plea roll

Discovery sheds light on colourful character part of leading literary and legal circles of the time A hidden poem found in dusty early 17th century legal parchments at the National Archives has shed...

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Yayoi Kusama's message to Covid-19: 'Disappear from this earth'

The veteran Japanese avant-garde artist has issued a poem of defiance in the teeth of the ‘terrible monster’, the coronavirus pandemic The best arts and entertainment during self-isolation Coronavirus...

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Poems to get us through: Nature Walk by Colette Bryce

In the second of a series in which the former poet laureate picks poems from her shelves to comfort and inspire us in isolation, Carol Ann Duffy introduces a gentle study of isolated souls Colette...

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Laughter in dark times: Geoff Dyer on funny books you may not have read

A comedic war novel, Eve Babitz’s tale of sex and drugs, and a dog who comes back from the dead ... humour can be found in the strangest places Everyone knows that writers such as Lorrie Moore,...

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Let’s dust down the archive descriptions | Brief letters

Robert Dover poetry | Care workers | Unusual baby names | The Mirror and the Light Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage Why do journalists always describe archives and their...

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All alone online: Iggy Pop and Jeremy Irons lead mass Ancient Mariner reading

Streaming daily, Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s 2020 incarnation also features Marianne Faithfull and Tilda Swinton as readers, set against sound and fine art “Alone, alone, all, all alone.” The cry of the...

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