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Child in Mind, BBC 4, 10pm, directed by Sam Benstead


I watched Men Who Sleep in Cars a drama, in verse, linking the lives of three men who, you’ve guessed it, sleep in cars, but one of them cheats, because he has the luxury of a Ford Transit van. 290 more words

Sir Gawain, again

Sir Gawain and the Green Knight
Translated from the Middle English by Simon Armitage
(Faber & Faber, 2007)
ix + 114 p.

This is a poem that I love, and, in addition to a Middle English version, I’ve a few different translations in my collection, most notably that… 627 more words


Osteochondritis Dissecans

Last Wednesday, I ran the last workshop (of four) at M Shed museum, around their excellent Skeletons exhibition.

As well as spending time with loads of brilliant young writers, from three schools and those who’d come to the summer holiday workshop – I felt like I’d gotten to know those bones rather well. 215 more words


#20 Books of Summer - An Update

It is safe to say that my 20 Books of Summer Challenge is not going to plan at all.

With just under 4 weeks to go, I have read 10, reviewed a pitiful 5 and am half way through 2 more. 1,335 more words

The 746

A comment about modern poetry

It’s never a good idea to restrict yourself to a single time period in any field of art, and nowhere does this apply more than poetry. 970 more words

The Culture

The Pearl

Simon Armitage’s award-winning translation is set side-by-side with the original, which creates plenty of opportunities for deciphering and comparing the older and younger versions of English. 155 more words