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Telling tales

One day, when she was a little girl, my mother lost her temper with her older sister, Dinah, who had been telling lies about her. In her still barely articulate … Continue reading

December 14, 2019 · 1 Comment

A poem by Charles Causley

Why do you turn your head, Susanna, And why do you swim your eye? It’s only the children on Bellman Street Calling, ‘A penny for the guy!’ The underlying theme … Continue reading

September 17, 2014 · Leave a comment

Ghost stories

In the literature of classical Greece and Rome, it is the living who visit the dead, not the other way round. Odysseus, with the help of Circe, raises the dead … Continue reading

November 27, 2013 · 1 Comment

Charles Causley

Nobody ever knew quite what to make of Charles Causley. He wrote poems that rhymed and sounded a bit like John Betjeman’s, except that Betjeman’s were easy to understand and … Continue reading

May 15, 2013 · Leave a comment