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In a Word...misery

An outrageous friend – every home should have one! – remarked recently how “that bloody ‘Mata Hari’ (not her real name!) makes me sick!” She was refer(...)

James Joyce: We cannot look to the great figures of the past as unsullied exemplars

Because I am someone who has been formed and nurtured by the literature of the past, I have had to come to terms with the reality that some of the wri(...)

Kjersti A Skomsvold writes with empathetic clarity on the sensibility of the artist

Billed as a portrait of the artist as a young mother, Kjersti A Skomsvold’s The Child delivers a concise, compelling account of the journey from singl(...)

In a Word . . .

April . . . “is the cruellest month . . . ” I’ve never understood why. From TS Eliot’s epic The Wasteland. April, he wrote, “is the cruellest month,(...)

Ursula von der Leyen: she welcomed the Brexit deal on Christmas Eve quoting TS Eliot. “The end is where we start from.” Photographer: Dursun Aydemir/Anadolu Agency/Bloomberg

Ursula von der Leyen’s statement welcoming the Brexit deal on Christmas Eve gratified her British audience with references to the Beatles and Shakespe(...)

Anyone interested in writing good sentences proper should get The Reader Over Your Shoulder by the poet Robert Graves and his collaborator Alan Hodge.(...)

Richard Weber, the acclaimed Irish poet, died from Covid-19

Born: September 2nd, 1932 Died: April 15th, 2020 Dublin poet Richard Weber, whose work has been included in numerous Irish and international antholog(...)

WB Yeats: pandemic fears. Photograph: George C Beresford/Getty Images

WB Yeats’s The Second Coming was written at a momentous time in 20th-century Europe, an era of uncertainty and upheaval in the wake of the first World(...)

English music hall entertainer Marie Lloyd (1870 - 1922) at her home in Golders Green, London, with her husband Bernard Dillon. Photo: Topical Press Agency/Getty Images

On the greatest day of his sporting life, a still photographer captured Bernard Dillon being led to the winner’s enclosure at the 1910 Epsom Derby, a (...)

What was your epiphany moment, the moment without which the whole course of your life would have turned out differently?

Monday was the Feast of the Epiphany. But epiphany isn’t just something that happened 2,000 years ago. We all have moments of epiphany, moments of sud(...)

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