Percy Bysshe Shelley by Amelia Curran (1819): wrote ‘Poetical Essay on the Existing State of Things’ in autumn and winter 1810-11 during his first year as a student at Oxford. Image: National Portrait Gallery, London

A long-lost verse pamphlet by the great Romantic poet Percy Shelley, written in defence of an imprisoned Irish journalist, was unveiled on Tuesday (...)

The Jura: Sean Rothery on the way to St Hippolyte. Taken from  A Long Walk South, An Irishman’s Trek on the GR5

I retired from a long academic career when I was 65. I had no choice, but the view back then and possibly still is that retirement is a good thing,(...)