Paul Henry

Paul Henry

Paul Henry has written such a thoughful essay here about how poetry is more important then ever in times of war and great suffering. We must always remember those famous words by Adrienne Rich, that ‘Poetry is not a luxury’.  Paul explains why. Contact...
Close Reading

Close Reading

Musée des Beaux Arts I really enjoyed this interactive piece on W.H. Auden’s famous poem, Musée des Beaux Arts.   (You might need to create a New York Times account to be able to read it.) It is produced by Erica Ackerberg, Alicia DeSantis, Nick Donofrio, Gabriel...
Poems as Friends

Poems as Friends

Poems as Friends by The Poetry Exchange | Gregory Leadbetter talks about Kubla Kahn https://soundcloud.com/the-poetry-exchange/kubla-khan-a-friend-to-gregory Gregory Leadbetter was a much-loved contributor to the Wenlock Poetry Festival during its seven years presence...
Books to comfort

Books to comfort

This is an interesting collection of good reading from good authors! My favourites are The Fortnight in September by RC Sherriff which I can read any number of times and still be moved by it (chosen by Kazuo Ishiguro) and The Color Purple by Alice Walker (chosen by...
Anne Tyler

Anne Tyler

A lovely editon of Desert Island Discs by a much-loved author. I stil remember dscovering her when I found a battered old copy of Breathing Lessons in a holiday cottage in Harlech. She never disappoints. You can listen ~ here Visit Anne’s website ~ here Contact...
Soul Music

Soul Music

nina simone Feeling Good Staying with our lovely friend, Ann, in Suffolk this week, she happened to mention a music programme on Radio 4 that had completely passed me by. Driving home I looked up the programme, ‘Soul Music’, and was excited to see listed...