Essay | Izabela the Valiant: The Story of an Indomitable Polish Princess by Adam Zamoyski
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by Lily Evans
6d ago
Adam Zamoyski Izabela the Valiant: The Story of an Indomitable Polish Princess Izabela the Valiant: The Story of an Indomitable Polish Princess, Adam Zamoyski, (William Collins, 2024), 208 pages, £25 . . The joy of taking on a subject not previously covered by historians is that one can approach it with an open mind, uncovering and assessing virgin sources like an archaeologist. With subjects such as the Congress of Vienna or Napoleon one struggles to rid oneself of received ideas while at the same time carrying out a necessary reconnaissance of the current literature, and that often triggers ..read more
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Guide | London Literature Festival at the Southbank Centre
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by Lily Evans
1w ago
London Literature Festival at the Southbank Centre London Literature Festival at the Southbank Centre, 23rd October June to 3rd November. . . The Southbank Centre is proud to present the London Literature Festival 2024, a celebration of the power of spoken and written word to bring audiences together and illuminate the issues of the present. An engine of creativity in the heart of London, the Southbank Centre offers an inclusive, democratic and expressive place to platform the very best in emerging talent and a stage for internationally-acclaimed writers to launch new works. . From Wednesday 2 ..read more
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Interview | Shanay Jhaveri on Night Fever: Film and Photography After Dark
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by Lily Evans
2w ago
Katie Tobin Shanay Jhaveri on Night Fever: Film and Photography After Dark   Night Fever: Film and Photography After Dark, ed. Shanay Jhaveri, (Koenig Books, 2024), 424 pages, £34 . . Djuna Barnes mentioned that the nights of one period or city are not the nights of another. How do you see Night Fever illustrating these kinds of different experiences and representations of night? .That quote guided the selection of artists, photographers, and filmmakers that I wanted to feature in the book. It so clearly articulated what I had personally felt, and wanted the book to channel and commu ..read more
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Fiction | Flamboyant by Patrick Cash
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by Lily Evans
2w ago
Patrick Cash Flamboyant . Mikey watched the England fans trudge towards Charing Cross. A giant screen had been erected in Trafalgar Square to show the game, and half-hearted Sweet Carolines still rose into the July evening. He was careful not to make eye contact. Straight – or at least straight-acting – men had always been able to read him. Long before he’d worked out his own desires the boys at school had clocked him as different. Anointed young by camp, Mikey had worn the crown cocked into adulthood: he’d chosen Mikey Fantastique as his nom de plume and had grown his hair to a length that wa ..read more
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Interview | Konstantin Akinsha and Katia Denysova on Modernism in Ukraine
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by Lily Evans
3w ago
Katie Tobin Konstantin Akinsha and Katia Denysova on Modernism in Ukraine In the Eye of the Storm: Modernism in Ukraine, 1900–1930s at the Royal Academy, 29 June – 13 October 2024. . . I’d be interested in hearing about the broader significance of the modernist movement in Ukraine – particularly given the historical backdrop of the time. How does this context inform the artists’ practice? Katia Denysova: At the turn of the 20th century, Ukrainian lands were divided between two empires – the Russian and the Austro-Hungarian. The modernist movement in Ukraine, therefore, pursued a twofold agenda ..read more
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Interview | Jamieson Webster on Disorganisation & Sex
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by Lily Evans
1M ago
Katie Tobin Jamieson Webster on Disorganisation & Sex Disorganisation & Sex, Jamieson Webster, (Divided Publishing, 2022), 240 pages, £11.99 . . You describe psychoanalysis as uniquely concerned with the singularity of the subject. I was wondering how Disorganisation & Sex illustrates this singularity in the context of sexuality and its discontents. The book is actually full of case studies, surprisingly, and they picked a lot of those elements out. There’s also even a funny run through Freud’s five cases – like a kind of slapdash, like ‘let’s do all of them in five seconds’. It’s ..read more
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Interview | Annie-Rose Fiddian-Green on Breathing With Trees
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by Lily Evans
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Annie-Rose Fiddian-Green on Breathing With Trees Annie-Rose Fiddian-Green: Breathing with Trees, Brooke-Walder Gallery, London, 14 June – 14 July 2024 . . I’m really interested in how your work collectively tries to capture the ‘ever-changing earth’. I’m curious about how you choose to convey this dynamic aspect of nature through your work? Fluid, dynamic lines, expressive marks and absolutely no rubbers! Every mark I make is left on the paper as a direct and pure expression of the transience and impermanence of life. Be it a tree, or a portrait, I work to capture something alive, breathing ..read more
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Poetry | Needle by Michael Martin
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by Lily Evans
1M ago
Michael Martin Needle . I’m not going to do a thing today. Shoo-off the squirrels raising hell in the vegetables? Let ‘em at it. Re-read the last letter my father sent me? No can do. I died it in a fire. They’ve introduced a new brand of Budweiser into the stores and now the old Budweiser is gone. Leave it to the azalea to remind me ………….my father’s absence is the most obvious thing in the garden. Perhaps this afternoon god’s grace will plop over my fence, her queer always and everywhere feeling sequined-out in sun shimmer and wind chime, obliterating the day-time, glittering me in beatif ..read more
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Poetry | Medieval Mystic Margery Kempe in Tesco by Laura Varnam
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by Lily Evans
1M ago
Laura Varnam Medieval Mystic Margery Kempe in Tesco . Of   course   she’s   one   of  those  shoppers who  thinks  she  won’t  need  a  trolley  but halfway round her basket’s on the lino  and she’s   losing  tins   of    custard    powder  & baby  formula and she’s crushing  the  body &   blood   of  Christ  under  her  arm   while John  Junior   tucks  into   ..read more
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Poetry | Vanishing Points by Christopher M James
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by Lily Evans
1M ago
Christopher M James Vanishing Points . All nature seems to be pointing importantly to a supposed prop ………,,,on a remote shelf. An artist walks the promontories of his eye into found perspective. Long ago, the before-Giotto faces and bodies were layered up emphatically flat ………,,,in an urgent foreground, exalting reality as heavenly, the mind assigned so little space. No lesser artists here: you, me the carpenter loyal to the grain ………,,,the plumber his gradients, the train driver’s one straight line, as he calls to mind his schoolboy love or stillborn child whose name haunts ………,,,like an ..read more
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