Monthly Archives: August 2012

Edward Lear’s “The Owl and the Pussycat”

To celebrate the bicentenary year of Edward Lear’s ( poet, author, artist and scientific illustrator ) birth ( 1812-1888 ) the Royal Society is hosting a free exhibition of his zoological illustrations ( including drawings and lithographs ).  See Guardian article … Continue reading

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Witches of Pendle and Carol Ann Duffy

 In connection with the 400th anniversary of the Pendle Witch trials ( eight women and two men were accused of practicing witchcraft and hanged ), poet-laureate, Carol Ann Duffy’s poem (written in three-line tercets ) will be engraved on ten … Continue reading

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Dante Gabriel Rossetti’s Sonnet X: “The Portrait”

Did this woodblock cut of the pre-Raphaelite artist and poet, Dante Gabriel Rossetti to illustrate his sonnet, ‘The  Portrait’ which I had posted before when the topic was the BBC’s six-part TV series, Desperate Romantics based on  Franny Moyle’s book of … Continue reading

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Anyone Can Write a Poem (In 4 Easy Steps)

“Anyone can cook.” Chef Auguste Gusteau, from Pixar’s Ratatouille If Chef Gusteau had been a poet, he might have said, “Anyone can write a poem.” With the kind of poetry being written today, it indeed looks like anyone can write a … Continue reading

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The Edwin Morgan Poetry Prize Finalists and Winner

In conjunction with the Edinburgh International Book Festival, the annual £5,000 Edwin Morgan Poetry Prize has taken place ( you can listen to all five poet finalists reading their entries here at the Guardian podcast here ).  Hats off and a hearty congratulations … Continue reading

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The Poet WS Graham and the Artist Michael Snow

I’m not really into obituaries, but I happened to see this one about the artist Michael Snow in the poetry section of the Guardian ( see article here ).  At first, I thought it might have been a mistake putting an artist’s … Continue reading

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Robert Burns’ “Banks o’ Bonie Doon”

I earlier had posted about Holly Tomas and her lovely rendition of Robert Burns’ ‘Banks o’ Bonie Doon.’  I just now finished this woodblock cut of Burns, handprinted it out, and used it to illustrate his song.  A copy can … Continue reading

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