Uncle Iolo, centential

I am remembering my Uncle Iolo with a bitter-sweet chuckle. The letter dates from 1940, as does the photo, I’d guess. It begins: “Now that our British Winter has set in, campaigning is less than ever a picnic. Well keep your bowels open and keep as dry as possible. A good motto for the dark…

Watts slams ‘amateur’ poetry of Kaur, McNish and Tempest

Published January 23, 2018 by Heloise Wood Poet Rebecca Watts has criticised the new wave of high-selling female poets such as Rupi Kaur, Hollie McNish and Kate Tempest in a literary magazine, saying “we must stop celebrating amateurism and ignorance in our poetry”. In a piece entitled ‘The Cult of the Noble Amateur’, currently the most popular article on the…

Another blushingly nice review….#manandboy

Another blushingly nice review….@manandboy2017 @robertcolepoet @thespaceuk @edfringe @edfests @edsamuelcole http://www.blouinartinfo.com/news/story/2449786/top-picks-from-2017-edinburgh-fringe-from-beasts-to-bruce “Man and Boy” The remarkably deadpan Robert Cole has long described himself on his Facebook page as “a financial journalist, a father and a writer. Not necessarily in that order.” In his new book he calls himself a “middle-aged fat English bloke.” To those we…

New ‘Man and Boy’ review

  New ‘Man and Boy’ review @manandboy @1dailybusiness @1terrymurden @thespaceuk @edfringe @jurysinn @robertcolepoet @manandboy2017 #spokenword #newwriting #poetry  

#leo #cancer

My friend Helen posted this earlier today. I don’t know who wrote it but it is brilliant writing. #leo #cancer. “What’s it like to go through cancer treatment? It’s something like this: one day, you’re minding your own business, you open the fridge to get some breakfast, and OH MY GOD THERE’S A MOUNTAIN LION…

Two Woodcrofts

“Three days after my childhood home was sold I am in Scotland, in a Mornigside flat, recalling a Swansea house as old as this brushed sandstone place is new. I cajole significance into the misty-eyed coincidence that just after the Merrow house was sold I find a Morningside welcome in the cool and confident Scottish…

Super Cally Fragile Lipstick

Super Cally Fragile Lipstick (13.25pm, Venue 27, nr Grasmarket) is the Edinburgh Fringe show with the best name. Not only is it a great play on words, it is bang-on appostite. It is also poetic, which is a thing for me if no one else. Cally’s jokes are good and her delivery refreshingly bright without…

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