Mark Ford’s Six Children

A review of Mark Ford’s latest collection, Six Children and a report of the Days of Roses poetry night in celebration of its publication. Kit Toda ‘Though unmarried I have had six children’ – Walt Whitman This strange claim made by Walt Whitman provided the title for Mark Ford’s latest collection, as well as the organising principle of tonight’s Days of Roses readings, in celebration … Continue reading Mark Ford’s Six Children

Report: A Modern Good

Panel Discussion: The Good of the Novel London Review Bookshop 16th May 2011 Max Liu “The novel has always meant freedom to me,” says James Wood, at the start of tonight’s discussion at the London Review Bookshop. Wood is here, along with three other panelists, to discuss issues raised in The Good of the Novel, a collection of essays by eminent critics about some of … Continue reading Report: A Modern Good


What Would Orwell Do?

Report: Orwell Book Prize 2011 Church House, London 17th May 2011 Rona Cran The 2011 Orwell Book Prize was unanimously awarded to the late Tom Bingham, for his profound and eminently readable tour de force The Rule of Law, which Book Prize judge Will Skidelsky felt ‘cut to the heart of an issue that has immense importance across the world today’. Bingham’s widow received the … Continue reading What Would Orwell Do?


Report: The London Word Festival

The London Word Festival 7th April to 5th May 2011 Max Liu “Who wants to be a writer?” asks Stuart Evers and immediately the temperature drops in the Old Dalston Boys club. An audience who have hooted through the past two hours clam up, sinking into the art deco furniture. Stuffed animals and painted nudes stare from the shadows. “Liars,” says Evers, “you’ve come to a … Continue reading Report: The London Word Festival

Report: Days of Roses ed. Declan Ryan and Malene Engelund

Days of Roses ed. Declan Ryan and Malene Engelund Paperback ISBN-10: 0956822304 Price: £10.00   Eley Williams Days of Roses has established itself over the last two years as an exciting series of readings in London. Taking its name from Tom Waits’ song ‘Martha’ (‘And those were the days of roses, poetry and prose’), as a date in the informal literary calendar it has experienced … Continue reading Report: Days of Roses ed. Declan Ryan and Malene Engelund


Report: Will Self on Montaigne

Report on a talk by Will Self on Michel De Montaigne, hosted by Boyd Tonkin at Institut Français in South Kensington, London. Kit Toda and Christine Fears It is not everyday that a talk on a sixteenth century French philosopher becomes such a hot ticket that it is sold out a week before the event – even if the philosopher is Michel de Montaigne, a … Continue reading Report: Will Self on Montaigne

Costa Book Awards

Jo Shapcott wins Costa Prize

It was announced yesterday that Jo Shapcott is the surprise winner of the 2010 Costa Book of the Year which comes with a £30 000 award. Edmund de Waal’s The Hare with the Amber Eyes had been tipped to win but Shapcott’s Of Mutability had a ‘clear majority’ from the judges who this year included Ruth Padel, Adele Parks and Natasha Kaplinsky among others. Shapcott … Continue reading Jo Shapcott wins Costa Prize

Report: 2011 T.S.Eliot Prize

Note: Derek Walcott’s White Egrets was announced as the winner on Monday 24th January. This is a report on the readings that took place at the Royal Festival Fall on Sunday 23rd January. Rona Cran Walt Whitman understood that in order “to have great poets, there must be great audiences.” There is a sense, then, that when two thousand people fill the Royal Festival Hall … Continue reading Report: 2011 T.S.Eliot Prize

‘Mick Imlah: His Life and Work’ Conference and Reading

Conference and Poetry Reading on 10 December 2010 at the Institute for English Studies, University of London, Senate House By Anna Coatman   Mick Imlah was widely thought to have been one of the most talented poets of his generation; his early death in January 2009 is described by novelist Alan Hollinghurst as “an incalculable loss to poetry”. After his first collection, Birthmarks, was published … Continue reading ‘Mick Imlah: His Life and Work’ Conference and Reading

Report: William Burroughs and the Torso Murderer

William Burroughs by Graziano Origa Report on a lecture given by Oliver Harris on ‘William Burroughs and the Torso Murderer’ Part of the Hendrick’s Lecture Series, organised by The Last Tuesday Society 19th November 2010 ‘a body in pieces’ Rona Cran Viktor Wynd’s Little Shop of Horrors, situated unassumingly on Mare Street in Hackney, is a beguiling emporium of which William S. Burroughs would no … Continue reading Report: William Burroughs and the Torso Murderer

Open to the World

World Literature Weekend London Review Bookshop British Museum Birkbeck College London 18th – 20th June 2010 ——————————————————— All photographs copyright Alex MacNaughton June 2010 saw the London Review Bookshop’s second annual World Literature Weekend, themed around exile and displacement: both linguistic and geographical, voluntary and forced. In the words of Alain Mabanckou, the festival brought together writers able ‘to create something within the local that … Continue reading Open to the World