Jen the Zen: or, how we live today

August 1, 2014

Tomorrow, John McCullough’s guest post on his writing process – the final one in the series – goes up. In the meantime I came across this video of Jen Hadfield talking about her remote life as a poet in Shetland and it really resonated with me, as well as setting up a sort of base […]

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Pop-in summer poetry!

July 22, 2014

On Tuesday 29 July and 5 August I’m running two pop-up poetry workshop sessions, over the Poetry Café in Covent Garden. The workshops will be mixed level – as long as you’re self-generating and not a complete beginner, you’ll fit in. My groups are very inclusive, and are open to the whole range of poetry […]

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‘A hell of an underwriter’: three insurance men with a difference

July 20, 2014

Here are three unlikely leading lights of the life insurance bizz for you: 1. The Welsh moral philosopher Richard Price,  an important Dissenting thinker of the eighteenth century,  pretty much created the modern idea of life insurance. Dr Price had been involved with, and thinking hard about, the assurance and benevolent societies for decades when he […]

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Matthew Caley: blog tour guest post no. 3

July 16, 2014

Matthew Caleyis a bit of a phenomenon in contemporary poetry: erudite and intellectual, with an iconoclastic eye turned to Paris while his feet are firmly planted in Brixton, as funny as he is highbrow (and TALL), he’s not quite like any other poet I can think of. He plays, he experiments, he smokes a lot […]

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Sad to leave Slad

July 14, 2014

Right, well if it has been a little quiet around here it is because I’ve been away for a week in a place with no signal. The week before I went was so busy that, although the servants managed to get Baroque Mansions neat as a pin and slightly degreased for the guinea-pig-sitter, not all the […]

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Woolgathering in Slad: from Laurie Lee to me

June 26, 2014

Today – today exactly – we mark the hundredth birthday of Laurie Lee, a writer with whom the halls of Baroque might at first glance seem not to have much of an obvious affinity. But there is a connection; in fact there are two. One is that last year I spent a glorious week the […]

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London is…

June 25, 2014

(Photo ©David Secombe) Lahndon, eh? No matter how well you know this city, you will still get lost in Soho, you will still get lost if you ever try to go off-piste in Bethnal Green, and you can still literally turn a corner into a neighbourhood so different from where you were that you will […]

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Alexander Hutchison: blog tour guest post no. 2

June 22, 2014

Continuing the run of guest posts, as the current Writing Process Blog Tour stops for a while in the halls of Baroque: Alexander (or Sandy) Hutchison is perhaps a rather under-sung stalwart of contemporary Scottish poetry scene, writing with wit, precision, political fire, and tremendous attention to language in both English and Scots. His poem ‘Mr […]

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