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Report: Faber Poets at Dulwich Books: Christopher Reid and Sam Riviere

Faber Poets at Dulwich Books: Christopher Reid and Sam Riviere Tuesday 23rd October, 7.30 pm (www.dulwichbooks.co.uk) Julia Askew If a little bookshop in West Dulwich is not much associated in your mind with exciting literary events, it should be. Dulwich Books won London’s Independent Bookshop of the Year thanks in part to the many literary events they host, and last night was of particular interest … Continue reading Report: Faber Poets at Dulwich Books: Christopher Reid and Sam Riviere

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

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Human Chain by Seamus Heaney

Human Chain by Seamus Heaney Faber and Faber; Hardback, 85 pages, ISBN 978 0 571 26922 8 Price: £12.99 Christine Fears Speaking of the period between suffering a stroke and turning seventy, Seamus Heaney remarked to Robert McCrum that he felt he had ‘boxed myself into a kind of closing cadence’[1]. The poems of Human Chain are written as a response to this undesired sense … Continue reading Human Chain by Seamus Heaney

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Legend of a Suicide by David Vann

Legend of a Suicide by David Vann Penguin, Paperback; 230 pages, ISBN 978-0-141-04378-4 Price £7.99 Gordon Weetman David Vann’s debut is a disquieting work, both in atmospheric terms and in the way it challenges the reader to rethink their approach to literature. Perched uneasily between novel, memoir and short story collection, Legend of a Suicide is a fictional retelling of a real-life tragedy that shaped … Continue reading Legend of a Suicide by David Vann

All the Colours of the Town by Liam McIlvanney

All the Colours of the Town by Liam McIlvanney Faber and Faber, Paperback; 390 pages, ISBN 9780571239832 Price £12.99 Janette Currie Such was the heightened state of political and religious tension in Scotland in 1975 that, when Peter McDougall’s ground-breaking drama Just Another Saturday depicted the violence and religious bigotry of a typical Orange Walk, Scottish police warned that its screening might ‘cause bloodshed on … Continue reading All the Colours of the Town by Liam McIlvanney

Rain by Don Paterson

Rain by Don Paterson Faber and Faber 2009 Hardback; 61 pages, ISBN 0571249574 Price: £12.99 I.E. Sawmill The fifth poem of Don Paterson’s Rain begins: ‘How me of me, I know’. It is a shy, self-conscious shrug of a line. Upon finishing Paterson’s earlier collection (Landing Light, 2003), A.S.Byatt described herself as ‘knocked sideways’; in Rain, however, readers constantly find themselves pulled-in tight against Paterson. … Continue reading Rain by Don Paterson

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Out of Nothing – Mark Ford

Renowned Faber poet MARK FORD on his love of oddities, fear of clichés and a swimming pool full of peanuts. Kit Toda Mark Ford is a critically acclaimed poet, essayist and professor. His debut collection was Landlocked (Chatto & Windus 1992) and his second book, Soft Sift, came out in 2001 from Faber. He regularly contributes poetry, reviews and articles to the TLS and the … Continue reading Out of Nothing – Mark Ford

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The Striped World by Emma Jones

The Striped World Emma Jones Faber and Faber, Paperback, 55 pp., ISBN 9780571245383, Price: £9.99 Julia Askew Emma Jones has recently been the cause of some excitement in the poetic world. It is not everyday that a new poet gets their debut work published by the prestigious Faber. But the Faber name is something of a mixed blessing – the book may get more interest … Continue reading The Striped World by Emma Jones