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Competitions nos. 133A and 133B: results

An apparently rather snooty Valimus, the veteran competitor, asks for poems on harvest: a nice, safe, Georgian subject. The report is so mock-acerbic that it feels as if it might actually be acerbic … ‘a certain technical failure, a regrettable inattention to finish” knock Marion Peacock, William Bliss and Majolica out of the running. 243 more words

Competitions nos. 131A and 131B: results

Our latest judge is the son of a marquis (or marquess, I’ve never really sorted that out), which is why he is Lord David Cecil, or, to give him his full list of names, Edward Christian David Gascoyne-Cecil, , just turned 30 (he died on New Year’s Day 1986), and at this stage, the author of a single book, a life of Cowper, but one that had won the James Tait Black award. 147 more words

Competitions nos. 128A and 128B: results

A new judge, Theodora Bosanquet, arrives. Born in 1881 (she died in 1962), she was principally known as Henry James’ secretary/ amanuensis in the last years of his life, about which she wrote (he talked; she typed). 236 more words

Competitions nos. 116A and 116B

Lance Sieveking┬áis the first to judge a competition in the wake of the dinner, where he claims to have met ‘hardened old competitors and cynical judges’, the latter having been accused of crimes by the former. 864 more words

Competitions nos 115A and 115B: results

Martin Armstrong reappears as the judge, so we know there’s some foreign language in store. He returns us to the Royal Academy exhibition, and suggests that the general question is ‘Que diable allait-il faire dans cette galere’, with particular reference to Walter Richard Sickert, who was causing a considerable rumpus that year, not least with this use of photography. 127 more words

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