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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AB Jackson: a blog tour guest post

June 4, 2014

In a small departure from the usual way this ‘Writing Process’ blog tour works, I asked not just writers with blogs to take part, but writers whose work excited me and that I really wanted to read about. My blog tour post is here, and in it you can see a link to Anna Robinson, […]

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Paxman, poets, and the ‘pellety nest’

June 2, 2014

Well, there I was, sitting on a press release that clearly says ‘Embargoed until 23:00 June 2nd 2014′ -  ie tonight – when all of a sudden, Jeremy Paxman jumps in and (er) steals the story. The story was, well part of it anyway, YAYYY, Liz Berry’s book is shortlisted for the Forward Prize! But now, Jeremy Paxman […]

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‘My writing process’: a baroque stop on a blog tour

May 27, 2014

Okay, this is the first time in a long time that I’ve done something like this. But Anna Robinson invited me, and who was I to say no? It’s a Writing Process Blog Tour. Only this time, it’s not the blogger doing the touring, it’s the questions. If you go toAnna’s site, you can click backwards […]

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Fifty years and ten years

May 24, 2014

Two blog posts in under 24 hours! But you can see why. Today is the fiftieth anniversary of Lunch Poems, this potent little nugget of magic that maybe even sings a little louder  today than it did when it was published. Back in 1964, before Martin Luther King, before the hippies, before the Moon landing. What […]

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These fragments we have shored against our ruin

May 23, 2014

All day I’ve been pervaded by a sick-at-heart feeling as the Glasgow School of Art burns. I never studied there; I never even saw it in person. But I remember a history of architecture course I took aged 19 in my one year of uni, having just arrived in London, and the discovery of the […]

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