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Eric and Sheep

James Thornton riffs a poem from today’s headlines In Torrent of Falsehoods Trump Claims Election is Being Stolen “Where are Republicans!” Eric Trump added about an hour and a half later. “Have some backbone. Fight against this fraud. Our voters will never forget you if your sheep!” -–New York Times, …

Physics, black holes, thought and the novelist – Martin Vopenka

The leading Czech writer Martin Vopenka wrote this essay as an afterword to The Fifth Dimension, ‘its themes nothing less than life, death, the universe and love. It is absorbing, haunting and intellectually engaging throughout’ – The Financial Times. It is published here for the first time. I am not …

Inspiring Novels by Women Writers about Women Artists

First, of course, please read and share Miranda Miller’s own supremely evocative tale of the painter Angelica Kaufmann, in her 2020 novel Angelica, Paintress of Minds. And then you might care to journey into these other book suggestions by Miranda. Keeping the World Away by Margaret Forster This novel is about  …

Online Event! Poetry & the Environment – James Thornton & William Sieghart

The top environmental law group ClientEarth has been holding a series of webinars through 2020. Next up – their founding CEO and Barbican Press author James Thornton talking with William Sieghart CBE, founder of the Forward Prizes for Poetry and National Poetry Day, and author of the bestselling The Poetry …

Chris Westoby – Why anxiety, OCD & depression are worth sharing

I’ve had a severe anxiety disorder for my whole life. Growing up, I kept my illness secret, even from my parents. Partly through the shame of the things I thought, the things I was afraid of, my hidden behaviours, but also because it was the 00s and nobody seemed to talk about these …

Paul Harfleet – The Power of Pansies, Birds and Art

Birds feature in the story of Pansy Boy, but they get their own star feature at the end of the book in your hand drawn Field Guide to Birds. Why was it important to include those pages? When the book felt almost complete and was filled with the birds I …

Maggie Hamand on thrillers, a papal mystery, & PhD advice

Would you call Virgin & Child a thriller? I used a lot of techniques deployed by thriller writers to try to grip the reader, and create a sense of mystery and tension. But it’s a novel that works at many levels, so it’s not a straightforward commercial thriller by any …

Living in Lockdown – a Couples’ Guide

James Thornton is CEO of the not-for-profit environmental law firm ClientEarth, as well as being a poet and a Zen Buddhist priest. His new collection Notes from a Mountain Village collects poems drawn from twenty-five years of observing French mountain life. In this new era of working-from-home, James shares lessons he learned …

Interview with Colin W. Sargent on Red Hands

Red Hands is a compelling read. You get pulled in to the story of a young girl’s life, and then find yourself led through the excesses and collapse of a whole Communist State. As the book’s editor, I know that such a vivid read only comes out of a tough …

William Barry, thoughts on Red Hands

Bill Barry, who reviewed The Boston Castrato for The Maine Sunday Telegram, offers this bright review of Colin W. Sargent’s Red Hands, with its whole array of wider reflections.  Taken at face value, Red Hands is a unique insider’s view of the rise and fall of the dystopian regime of Romania’s Nicolae and …

The Duality of Frankenstein – Jonathan Squirrell

A fresh review of Kate Horsley’s Frankenstein sequel The Monster’s Wife. Many thanks to Jonathan Squirrell, an MA student on the creative writing strand at the University of Hull. An excess of grease stalls Ronald Frobisher’s career. The fictional writer in David Lodge’s Small World is visiting a plate glass university …

The Mystery of Briony Lodge – David Bagchi

  Review by Jonathan Squirrell  Cards on the table, Three Men in a Boat is my Bible. Actually, that’s not quite true. Jerome K. Jerome’s underappreciated masterpiece The Idle Thoughts of an Idle Fellow is my scripture. I model myself on its title scrupulously. Three Men in a Boat is …