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Lynette Roberts and Dylan Thomas: Background to a Friendship Charles Mundye In the early hours of Saturday 8 April 1939 the British cruise liner Hilary ran aground in dense fog at Carmel Head, Anglesey. It had begun its voyage to Liverpool in Manaos, nine hundred miles up the Amazon River, collecting holidaymakers at various stops en route, including two young women writers returning to London from an extended stay on the Island of Madeira. The Daily Mail report on the following Monday had an especial interest in ‘sun-tanned cruise girls’ rudely awakened from their cabins, but it also highlighted the morale-boosting spirits of the two writers: in the third-class lounge, as the ship listed to port, Celia Buckmaster began playing the piano, while her friend Lynette Roberts sang along.1 Amid the excitement of the occasion it may or may not have occurred to Roberts that this shipwreck, as she later styled it, was ... read more
More Than One View of Somewhere in Central Ukraine
Horatio Morpurgo When Animal Farm was distributed among Ukrainian refugees in 1947, the translation came with a specially written preface. Orwell wrote it for no payment within a fortnight of being asked. He told a friend that he regarded Ukrainian Displaced Persons as ‘a godsent opportunity for breaking down the wall between Russia and the West’. He wrote more freely about the novel in that preface than he ever had before or ever did again.

‘Russia and the West’ are at odds once more and, together with the Grad rockets, wildly off-target talk about the 1930s and 1940s is flying in all directions. In the din of our own information wars, the trouble taken with that preface is worth recalling. The translator made only a couple of alterations. Orwell wrote ‘I have never visited the Soviet Union’. His translator changed the phrase to ‘I have ... read more
A Woman Without a Country
Eavan Boland

This sequence is dedicated to
those who lost a country, not
by history or inheritance, but
 through a series of questions
   to which they could find
           no answer.



Sea Change

What did he leave me, my grandfather,
Who lost his life in a spring tempest
At the Chaussée des Pierres Noires
At the edge of Biscay?

With his roof of half-seen stars
His salty walls rising high and higher
To the last inch of the horizon
He built nothing that I could live in.

His door of cresting water,
His low skies skidding on the waves
His seaman’s windows giving on
Iridescent plankton never amounted to home,

And no one lay at night
Seeing these unfold ... read more
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A Conversation with Edgell Rickword Alan Young
EDGELL RICKW0RD was born in Colchester, Essex, on 22 October, 1898. He joined the Artists Rifles in 1916, and saw active service as an officer with the Royal Berkshire Regiment. He was invalided out of the army after the Armistice, and was awarded the Military Cross.

His first book of poems (Behind the Eyes) appeared in 1921, and this was followed by Invocation to Angels (1928) and Twittingpan and Some Others (1981). His Collected Poems appeared in 1947.

He was Editor of the Calendar of Modern Letters (now reprinted by F. Cass and Co.) from 1925 to 1927, and he was Associate Editor of Left Review (also reprinted by F. Cass and Co.) from 1984 to 1988. He became Editor of Our Time from 1944 to 1947.

Mr Rickword is ... read more
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