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A Reader’s Diary – 29 January 2014

John Clare wrote three kinds of poem: observations on himself (‘I am – yet what I am none cares or knows’), observations on social change (‘Enclosure like a Bonaparte let … Continue reading

January 29, 2014 · Leave a comment

Thomas Hardy’s identity crisis

‘No one wanted to publish his early poems,’ Claire Tomalin wrote in the introduction to her Poems of Thomas Hardy (Penguin Classics, 2006), ‘but he kept writing verse during the … Continue reading

June 26, 2013 · 1 Comment

Stories without words

It seems obvious. The same actors appear on stage and screen, so there can’t be much difference between plays and films. But whether you think about it from the point of … Continue reading

June 12, 2013 · Leave a 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

Reading Shakespeare

With limited opportunities to see Shakespeare outside London and Stratford, the only alternative is to read him. Mind you, it was worse for Anne and the kids. They hardly ever … Continue reading

May 1, 2013 · Leave a comment

Alfred Jarry

Most people know Alfred Jarry, if they know him at all, as the author of Ubu Roi. But he also wrote novels and once made a guest appearance in a … Continue reading

April 20, 2013 · Leave a comment

Reading at random

I found Pierre Loti in Candle Lane Books, Shrewsbury’s wonderfully disorganised second-hand bookshop. There are other second-hand bookshops in Shrewsbury, this is the wonderfully disorganised one. Your sense of disorientation … Continue reading

April 10, 2013 · Leave a comment