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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The Train to Aldeburgh

November 7, 2014

Well, Baroque in Hackney must being the running for Least Active Poetry Blog of the Year. But that is about to change, at least for a few days, because I am on the train to Saxmundham, for the Aldeburgh Poetry Festival. I’m in the way of a no-strings junket; the idea is that the people […]

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October! Half over already!

October 19, 2014

This autumn is really dragging us along like puppies on a lead, isn’t it? Here in Baroque Mansions we are all – me, my alter ego, my esteemed other, my kids, everybody – sort of inundated, in both good ways and puppy-on-a-lead ways. In between juggling bills, reluctantly updating web domains, and feverishly checking lottery […]

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