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Walking Away: Further Travels with a Troubadour on the South West Coast Path by Simon Armitage Review

In 2010 poet and national treasure Simon Armitage set himself a challenge: to walk the Pennine Way, from Kirk Yetholm to Edale in Derbyshire armed only with a sock and a headful of poetry. 1,005 more words

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'Still': Simon Armitage's poetic response to photographs of the Somme battlefield

Hide in this battered crumbling line
Hide in these rude promiscuous graves,
Till one shall make our story shine
In the fierce light it craves. 1,644 more words


Those Bastards In Their Mansions by Simon Armitage

Photo source: Udo Schroter on Flickr

Those Bastards In Their Mansions by Simon Armitage

Those bastards in their mansions:

to hear them shriek, you’d think… 316 more words


The Pier Falls - Mark Haddon

Sunlight can be many things. It can be dazzling, cheerful, burning, triumphant, glorious. In Mark Haddon’s hands sunlight becomes… sour. Reading The Pier Falls… 390 more words

History is Personal 1916-2016

History, like politics, is personal. It is people who make history, just as they make politics even when they don’t realize it.

I grew up aware from an early age that my grandfather had died in the Great War. 309 more words


The First of July

As the grotesque slaughter began further along the line to the south-west, 11th DLI was stationed at Brandhoek. The war diary for the day reads: 306 more words

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