Under Another Sky is an entertaining, but often meandering, inspection of Britan's Roman past, which succeeds in its vivid prose and pleasurable obsession with minutiae but is occasionally let down by its design decision to leave the realities of Roman life buried from the present. Read more »
“The critical reception of any women’s poetry that can be labelled ‘confessional’ has engendered a self-consciousness about the ‘I’ which significantly contributed to my own discomfort in writing poetry in the first person”. In this unflinching essay, poet Angela France looks at the ferocious critical reactions to poetry with autobiographical elements written by women.
Forget the tragic heroes and scheming villains of world literature. When it comes to humanity's sheer capacity for suffering, argues Teddy Cutler, no one can beat the cyclist... Read more »
“I realised that what we think of as conventional reality - this quiet suburban street, for instance - is just a stage set that can be swept away” said JG Ballard in a 2006 interview. How does Ballard’s famously dystopian view of reality apply to Sevastopol, where life is going on as normal in spite of the attention of the worldwide media?