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Burning Cities

Secrets and lies in the Estonian City of Tartu. Kai Aareleid’s lyrical novel Burning Cities is about the disintegration of a family, set largely after the Second World War among the ruins of a town under Soviet occupation.     ‘There lies … Continue reading

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Rosemary Friedman: ‘Hands’

The prolific author Rosemary Friedman reflects on the power of our hands in an essay taken from her latest collection Final Draft: Reflections on Life.   Hands Hold infinity in the palm of your hand . . . – William … Continue reading

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Colquhoun the Writer

In the foreword to The Crying of the Wind: Ireland and The Living Stones: Cornwall, the writer and comedian Stewart Lee dissects the mystical prose of Ithell Colquhoun.           STEWART LEE, writer-clown:    Ithell Colquhoun – Your Gnostic … Continue reading

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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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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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