Reader, if you are a wouldbe poetry writer, then get your hands on this book “Writing Poetry” by W N Herbert. It’s like having a writing tutor patiently helping you – because that’s exactly what is happening – its writer is Bill Herbert, Professor of Poetry and Creative Writing at Newcastle University.
Please do take that book token Christmas present, or lean over your local library counter and demand that they order it, or borrow the spondulicks from a pal, to buy this instantly useful and enjoyable book.
Whether you are a beginner, near beginner or have written a couple of hundred poems but still feel like you’re at the start of a writing apprenticeship – this book takes you through the process of developing the skills/craft and – more difficult to explain – the feel for, writing poetry.
Continue reading “Poetry Writing 101 Hands-on”
Getting the story on a practising poet and how he works with publisher and editor – and what a book launch is like. Continue reading Dobby Gibson: A poet, a press, an editor
A quick flick through a book of art made by Dreamworks animators in their spare time: vast range of graphic styles and illustration. Continue reading Fly through a book: “Moonshine: Dreamwork Artists after dark!”
Blog post from commaand.co on “Moonshine” a book of 49 animators and the work they make privately for themselves. Continue reading What art do animation artists love to make?
This is a review of a book review (?!) jampacked with 1950s Paris culture and glamour, culinary groundbreaking history, Julia Child, romance and gorgeous photography.
The book is “France is a Feast”, and tells the story of Julia Child, with photos by her deeply enamoured husband, Paul Child, who was also an excellent photographer. The book text is written by Julia’s biographer and nephew, Alex Prud’homme, the photos collected by photography curator Katie Pratt, whose parents were close friends of Paul and Julia Child, so there’s a clear and close link between the writers and their subjects.
A well-written book review makes you want to rush to your local bookshop or library (depending on your budget)
Continue reading “Julia Child: Photo portrait of a cook”
I’m making soup and reading this book: “Pictures & Tears” by James Elkins. His theory is that “Most of us, I think, have never cried in front of paintings, or even felt anything very strong.” (page ix) so he then examines the ‘unusual’ cases of those who do find artwork moving. Right off the bat, this book interested me: because I strongly disagree. I have … Continue reading People who cry in front of paintings
Yesterday’s post featured Paul Nash – David McKean has created a comic book about the artist, and speaks on it here, in this Tate 5 minute video (part of a series called Tate Shots) Continue reading David McKean – comic artist on Paul Nash