‘Sandettie Light Vessel Automatic’: reviewing the eclectic latest release from Simon Armitage

‘This morning I’m bored shitless by poetry’ declares Simon Armitage in one of the poems compiled in his latest collection, ‘Sandettie Light Vessel Automatic’, named after the weather station of the same name. It’s a bold line – especially considering his recent appointment as the new Poet Laureate – but is equally one which showcases […]

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The History of Iconoclasm

Image description: 1566 Calvinist Iconoclastic Riot, Frans Hogenberg Iconoclasm represents the viscerality of the human response to art. Reflective of more than just our subjective taste, this sort of destruction is charged with a raw sense of rage. Iconoclasm has the potential to throw crowds into a frenzy; tearing down statues and burning paintings. Simultaneously, […]

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Lifetime achievement: Reflecting on Sir Kazuo Ishiguro’s Bodley award win

Upon a brilliant expanse of midnight blue lies a single, gold-leafed tree standing atop a great white hill. The words The Buried Giant are printed boldly underneath. Simple, but elegant. Uncomplicated, by mystical. Seemingly ordinary, but entirely unprecedented. My first expression of Kazuo Ishiguro and his masterpiece was powerful, and ever since I have remained […]

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