The A-Z of Mental Health - a Poem

The A-Z of Mental Health - a Poem

11.02.2014
Those who have read any of my previous mental health blogs will know that I like to go on, and on, and on. In fact, I bore myself just...
Arab-Iranian Poet & Peace Activist Executed For 'Waging War On God'

Arab-Iranian Poet & Peace Activist Executed For 'Waging War On God'

Sara C Nelson  10.02.2014
An Arab-Iranian poet has been executed in Iran for “waging war on God” and threatening national security, human rights groups say....

Poetry Review: The Nordic Light

9.02.2014
The Nordic Light is a collection of poetry accompanied by photography, a seldom used combination, but a very impactful and much needed...
Welsh Poet Nigel Jenkins Denied Poetic Ending

Welsh Poet Nigel Jenkins Denied Poetic Ending

6.02.2014
The tragedy here really lies in the bureaucracy that has surrounded this decision and the loss to Pennard to offer a fitting memorial to...
Sappho Sings Again

Sappho Sings Again

31.01.2014
The world of classical literature is athrob with excitement. Dr Dirk Obbink of Oxford University has published a draft of a new pair of...
Air From Another Life...

Air From Another Life...

20.01.2014
I can never sleep on Sunday nights. I've tried it all - within reason. Dimmed lights. Extinguished screens. Abandoning 'real' coffee...
Abolish Your Meat Habit in 2014

Abolish Your Meat Habit in 2014

20.01.2014
Oprah Winfrey once said that the start of a new year offers "another chance for us to get it right". One way that we can "get it right"...

Liam Williams: The Philip Larkin of British Comedy

16.01.2014
Liam Williams is the most soulful, daring, intellectually unabashed young comedian in the country. His Foster's-nominated debut hour, which...
The Bible for Non-religious People, Part Five: Someone Else's Words to Shout or Sing

The Bible for Non-religious People, Part Five: Someone Else's Words to Shout or Sing

13.01.2014
The Bible can function in the same way as your favourite novel, poem, movie script or soundbite-friendly pop scientist. You don't have...

An Open Letter to Mark Grist

13.01.2014
A friend of mine recently sent me the video for Mark Grist's spoken word poem "Girls Who Read". I know that it's been around for a while...

Brand New Ancients - 4 Stars - The Young Vic‏

7.01.2014
Tempest shuffles onto the stage with a kind of affable apprehension and informally introduces us all to the show, keen to emphasise that...

The Arrival of Poetry

19.12.2013
The arrival of poetry is catastrophic. You are seized by indescribable wonder and an equally incomprehensible terror. You face a blank...

Pussy Riot Will Soon Be Free... Speech in Russia Will Not

19.12.2013
Whilst the amnesty granted to the two imprisoned members of Pussy Riot - Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Mariya Alekhina - is to be welcomed,...

'Miley Cyrus' and the Female Body: Who's to Blame?

23.11.2013
The controversial positing of the female body within the sphere of pop music is hardly a new phenomenon; each and every generation of women...