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Hailed by Gunter Grass as the most important novelist from the old GDR, Uwe Johnson (1934-1984)chose to spend the last ten years of his life living in Sheerness on the Isle of Sheppey in Kent. Why and with what consequences?
Iron Curtain on the Strand – a lecture about the London origins of a political metaphor that divided the world. »November 29th, 2011 | Posted in: News and Previews
At 6.15pm on 5 December, I will be talking about the early history of the Iron Curtain, referring to both the Drury Lane Theatre and the Temple Church, just south of Fleet Street, as key locations in a forgotten drama. I will also be suggesting that the recovery of this early history, wholly forgotten in […]
On English vision and the ground beneath Llewelyn Powys’s feet, Hand Hotel, Llangollen, 21 August 2011 »April 8th, 2011 | Posted in: News and Previews, News and Previews (past)
I’ll be speaking at the annual conference of the Powys Society, revisiting some of the themes of The Village that Died for England. Details, which are still in the process of formation, can be found here»
“Acerbic and fair-minded . . . social comedy with a rueful edge…” and “a reminder that there was a moment, before the sky darkened and the earth opened up, when the People’s Republic seemed full of possibility”. »January 27th, 2011 | Posted in: Articles General, News and Previews
Richard B Woodward reviews Passport to Peking in the Wall Street Journal» Raymond Zhong, does the same – also in the Wall Street Journal»