Author Archives: Nick Kent

March 2017: The SIMPOL Solution

 

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Who Was Ithell Colquhoun?

  The daughter of a civil servant in India, Colquhoun was born in Assam in 1906, but was soon sent back to England. She studied at Cheltenham Art School and the Slade School of Art, after which she took studios … Continue reading

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Shusaku Endo and that Nescafé advert

Famous for his unforgettable depictions of torture and human vivisection, Shusaku Endo once appeared in a very funny Nescafé advert…

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#Bronte200

To commemorate over 200 years of Charlotte Brontë we dip into Helen MacEwan’s fascinating study of Charlotte Brontë’s time in Brussels, a period that had a marked influence on her later writing.   THE BRONTËS IN BRUSSELS Helen MacEwan   * … Continue reading

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Alberta and Jacob #WIT

by Cora Sandel (Women in Translation) First published in English in 1962, Cora Sandel’s trilogy of Alberta novels, has sadly fallen into obscurity. They are classics in every sense of the word, deserving of a much wider English readership. Read … Continue reading

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Apothecary Melchior and the Ghost of Rataskaevu Street

  A sneak preview of Apothecary Melchior and the Ghost of Rataskaevu Street 1 THE QUAD DACK TOWER AT ST MICHAEL’S CONVENT, 2 AUGUST, LATE EVENING   DEATH SMELLED OF sweet putrefying blight, of something old and mouldy. Death reeked … Continue reading

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