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Quick notes on editing ‘New Boots’

(Eek, it’s been a while since I posted here! Still struggling with the unresolvable first section of my Mexican post, with the actual intro for New Boots and Pantisocracies just gone to the publisher, this is a few notes I … Continue reading

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Whose English Is It Anyway?

(This is a very overdue reposting of a poem commissioned for The Verb as part of the BBC’s 2014 Freethinking Festival. The delay, apart from the usual reluctance to appear to be self-publishing anything beyond the lightest or most spontaneous … Continue reading

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Daft Globe: Syd Barrett and Dark Whimsy

(I’ve been vaguely attempting to push on with my next post about Leonora Carrington, which focuses on Mexico City, but in fact have been obsessing about Syd Barrett instead. Somehow, not only are these two subjects related, but Barrett seems … Continue reading

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Heroes and Homilies (2)

(This second section is where the homiletic theme appears in relation to Henryson. Parts of this draw on a review of Heaney’s Henryson, reproduced elsewhere on this blog, that I did for The Scottish Review of Books. But, as I’m … Continue reading

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Heroes and Homilies (1)

(This talk was delivered in the summer of 2014 at Bede’s World as part of their lecture series, and to accompany an exhibition curated by Roger Wollen, ‘Myths, Memories and Mysteries,’ which focussed on a number of contemporary artists influenced … Continue reading

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Love and the Romans, III

The central role of rhetoric in an educated Roman’s life cannot be overstated at this point. Schooled in it from childhood, every Roman male knew it was his duty to articulate the sentiments of the state, and in his best … Continue reading

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Love and the Romans, I

(This is the text of the talk I gave on St Valentine’s Day at the McManus, Dundee, to accompany their marvellous exhibition of Roman artefacts. I’ve divided it into three parts.) In the play, ‘The Invention of Love’, Tom Stoppard … Continue reading

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