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Blog entries on '04 December 2006'

Monday 04 December 2006

New look for This Space

Steve has revamped This Space. His new blog template is called Beckett. Nice.

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Monday 04 December 2006

Meet the authors, meet the poets

Next year's Thursday evening reading events at MMU (Meet the authors, meet the poets) has been announced. All the events are hosted by the Writing School and are open to the public. A selection of books will be available to buy from our special Blackwell’s stall before each event begins. Admission is £5.00 (£3.00 concessions; free to students and staff of MMU). The evenings are held in Lecture Theatre 6, Geoffrey Manton Building (opposite the Commonwealth Aquatics Centre on Oxford Road, Manchester city centre) at 6.30 pm.

14th December:  Sarah Hall
11th January:      Owen Sheers
25th January:      Jean Sprackland
1st February:      Trevor Hoyle
8th February:      Simon Armitage
15th February:    Rosie Bailey and U.A. Fanthorpe
22nd February:   Matthew Hollis
1st March:          Carol Rumens
8th March:          Livi Michael
15th March:        Martyn Bedford
22nd March:       Jackie Roy and Jeffrey Wainwright

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Monday 04 December 2006

Poetry Foundation permalink

Well, last week was a good one. A real challenge to write those long pieces each day for the Poetry Foundation (the permalink to my pieces is, as yet, only to Monday's article and it seems to have killed the warm comments I got too! Hopefully, the PF folks can get this remedied asap). I think, in the New Year, I'll try to do the same here on RSB. Not on a daily basis, mind, I couldn't keep that up, but I'll at least try to get in a weekly essay of about 1000 words. What would make most sense is tying the essay together with one of my Books of the Week, but, seriously, I'm just not that organised.

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Memorial Tablet

Squire nagged and bullied till I went to fight,
(Under Lord Derby’s Scheme). I died in hell—
(They called it Passchendaele). My wound was slight,
And I was hobbling back; and then a shell
Burst slick upon the duck-boards: so I fell
Into the bottomless mud, and lost the light.

At sermon-time, while Squire is in his pew,
He gives my gilded name a thoughtful stare:
For, though low down upon the list, I’m there;
‘In proud and glorious memory’... that’s my due.
Two bleeding years I fought in France, for Squire:
I suffered anguish that he’s never guessed.
Once I came home on leave: and then went west...
What greater glory could a man desire?

-- Siegfried Sassoon
Collected Poems (Faber and Faber)

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The New Spirit of Capitalism The New Spirit of Capitalism
Luc Boltanski; Eve Chiapello
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