The opening to Philip Larkin’s poem ‘This Be The Verse’ is the most famous f-word in English poetry. It can survive parodies and remixing.
A fictional detective who tracks down lost records and gets into—and out of—trouble as a result. What’s not to like?
The playwright Alan Plater drew on jazz to inspire and improve his own writing. Some notes on his book Doggin’ Around.
Ragnar Johansson’s novel ‘White Out’—part of his ‘Dark Iceland series—is a dark and clever reworking of the country house murder mystery.
A poem can be improved by a mistake: W.H.Auden and Sheenagh Pugh.
Shakespeare used metre in inventive ways to tell the actors how he wanted them to perform his plays. Ben Crystal explains how.
David Bowie became a star in eighteen months. He spent the rest of his career trying to refuse the narratives of stardom.
Suspicion is a 1950s detective novel by the Swiss writer Friedrich Durrenmatt that combines noir and metaphysics. Good call by Pushkin Press to republish an English translation.
The Irish writer Brendan Behan spent some time as a young man working as a lighthouse painter. He wasn’t very good at it.
A stunning reading of the scene in Romeo and Juliet where the lovers meet for the first time. By Ben Crystal.