At home with Joanna Lumley

We went to see Joanna Lumley (the actual one!) recently to talk, among other things, about her poetry addiction. Joanna also read us, rather brilliantly, her favourite poems ‘Cargoes’ by John Masefield and ‘The Listeners’ by Walter de la Mare.

The Peter Pan of the Trenches

“What passing bells for those who die as cattle?” The poetry of those who fought in the trenches of World War One has now been a vital part of our literary heritage for a century. Wilfred Owen’s ‘Anthem for a Doomed Youth’ is among the most famous examples, with its powerful evocation of senseless suffering.…

Keats – novelist manqué?

It’s always fun to wonder what might have become of talented artists who died young. John Keats, the Romantic poet, died of tuberculosis only six years after he began composing poetry. InJohn Keats: A New Life, Nicholas Roe indulges in some counter-historical speculation by raising the question of whether Keats would have become a novelist…