A Ruff by Jane Pomiankowski

  • Hands On 17 Nov 17

    The idea is that the contemporary pieces in The Maker’s Art should be loosely inspired by the ‘imagination and enchantment of Heath Robinson’s work’. It’s about generating a creative... Read More

  • I'd Like You To Meet… 3 Nov 17

    Everyone knows how ghastly it is to walk into a party and feel you’re the only person in the room who doesn’t know anyone. If you’re lucky, you might catch someone’s eye and get chatting... Read More

  • The Father of us All 3 Nov 17

    It was Henri Matisse who described Paul Cézanne as the ‘father of us all’. To Pablo Picasso, Cézanne was ‘the mother who protects her children’. Make what you will of Picasso’s comment... Read More

  • 2017 Man Booker Review: 4 3 2 1 13 Sep 17

    When my colleague and I were dividing up this year’s Man Booker long list for reading and reviewing purposes, I rather wondered whether I’d drawn the short straw with Paul Auster’s ‘4 3 2... Read More

  • 2017 Man Booker Review: Ministry of Utmost Happiness 13 Sep 17

    Twenty years after Arundhati Roy won the Booker Prize with her first novel, ‘The God of Small Things’, she’s back on the shortlist with only her second. In the intervening two decades she has... Read More

  • 2017 Man Booker Review: Reservoir 13 13 Sep 17

    ‘They gathered at the car park in the hour before dawn and waited to be told what to do. It was cold and there was little conversation. There were questions that weren't being asked. The missing... Read More

  • A Local Literary Extravaganza 8 Sep 17

    This year’s Chorleywood LitFest, which began at the beginning of September and continues well into October, offers a really packed programme of fabulous authors talking about their latest... Read More

  • The Land of Lakes and Volcanoes 8 Sep 17

    If you’re looking for a location that’s been prettied up to support and encourage tourists, then this one probably won’t appeal. The hotels, unused to Western visitors, are still working on... Read More

  • 2017 Man Booker Review: Solar Bones 6 Sep 17

    Published originally in 2016 by tiny independent Irish publishing house Tramp, Mike McCormack’s ‘Solar Bones’ was ineligible for last year’s Man Booker award; now, with a new home at... Read More

  • 2017 Man Booker Review: Swing Time 6 Sep 17

    A penetrating and moving coming-of-age novel, ‘Swing Time’ is ambitious in time and geography – set across the decades from the 1980s until today, and from urban south London to village life... Read More

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