another holding post

February 20, 2015

Just a quick update to let the world know that Ms Baroque is still here, just. There is a lot of work on,  and there has been a recent death in the family which has knocked everybody for six. The past four weeks have been mostly a very painful confluence of those two factors. Normal service will be […]

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Busy, back soon!

January 22, 2015

Normal service will be resumed shortly, I hope! Meanwhile I am making like this doll and have been pretty much constantly typing on various things since before Christmas. Some of them are documents. And some of them are typewriters. It’s hard to believe that January is nearly over already, but  am hoping to be able […]

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We are all Charlie Hebdo

January 7, 2015

I was going to write about Pascale Petit’s poetry collection, Fauverie, today. It is a fine book. Its poems are spare and precise, and its images are startling and bright. But then the news came from Paris, and all thoughts of poetry, or anything else besides grief and rage, went out of my head. Pascale is […]

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Delayed Reaction: the Free Verse Book Fair, back in September

December 31, 2014

What follows is a post I began and never finished, back in the day when it would have been relevant. This has been very much the story or 2014, and for this reason I am publishing this post as it is. Or was. The year DID happen, even though my blogging of it was fairly […]

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Merry, Faithful and Virtuous: some reading at Christmas

December 30, 2014

Right! We have weathered Christmas here in Baroque Mansions, the last child has departed, and the panettone is getting smaller. The Christmas tree is still twinkling behind me, and so is the balcony. It’s a cold sunny day and I am back at my desk. Surprisingly, or perhaps unsurprisingly given the amount of cooking and […]

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Merry Christmas, everybody

December 25, 2014

The Reprieve The Christmas tree, so I’ve heard told, grows most lush where it’s most cold. The Star of Christmas, some remark, shines brightest where the night’s most dark. Christmas comes, like all tomorrows, to him who laughs and her who sorrows, we carol out our Christmas songs while sleigh-bells toll like tiny gongs. But […]

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Eyes on the Prize: 3rd annual TS Eliot shortlist workshop

December 4, 2014

Ten books. Ten poets. The most prestigious poetry prize in the UK.* The day before the big prize reading. Yes, it’s time for my third annual all-day workshop on the TS Eliot Prize shortlist ! All ten, count ’em , ten of ’em. We’ll be at the Poetry School in Lambeth Walk. This workshop takes […]

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Back from the poetry: Aldeburgh 2014

November 30, 2014

Well that previous post about changing my inactive ways  didn’t exactly come to pass! It’s now been a good few weeks since the Aldeburgh Poetry Festival, and the same few half-written posts have been sitting here ever since. I tried to write a post while I was there; I even tried to write just a Facebook […]

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