Charles Dickens

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Sunday, 22 April 1984 (Easter Day)
I can remember sitting at the kitchen table with my mother a couple of years ago: I was reading aloud from Pickwick Papers and we were laughing ourselves silly over “On a log / Expiring frog!” “Now, that’s what I call writing,” said my mother. “What happens? Nothing? And it’s so funny…”

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Window on the World

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I am making a window on the world,
A stained-glass window through which to look at things.
It is very much my own creation,

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Wound

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Take a butcher’s red by Goya
And an arctic blue by El Greco.
Gently fold in an agonised beige by Grunewald

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St. Francis in the Slaughter-House

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He left his sparrows waiting at the door
And entered like a draught, his bare feet treading

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Studio

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Always the same old silence
And the same old,
Always different,
Northern light.

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Tuesday Poem: Old Timer

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You see me now as what I have become again:
Chromework like mercury

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18th Graham Greene International Festival 2016

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22–25 September 2016 Jonathan Steffen reports Every year, on or near the date of Graham Greene’s birth, a little pocket of Greeneland appears in the writer’s native Berkhamsted. The tidy and well-heeled town with its elegant high street and eminent school becomes a temporary home to what the Oxford Living Dictionary defines as “The seedy, […]

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Chiara Vinci sings “The Falcon to the Falconer”

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I am delighted to announce that soprano Chiara Vinci will be performing my song “The Falcon to the Falconer” together with Evelyn Nallen’s recorder ensemble Zero Gravity at Clare Hall, Cambridge, on Sunday 26 June.

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“Safe Passage” by Sue Boyle reviewed by Jonathan Steffen

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In terms of the means of its production, poetry is one of the most economical of art forms. All you need is pen and paper.

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Trelawney record “The Falcon to the Falconer”

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Many thanks to up-and-coming rock band Trelawney for recording their interpretation of my poem The Falcon to the Falconer on their debut album United Downs.

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