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Friday poem: all creatures great and small

Friday poem: all creatures great and small

No one can lure us into noticing the natural world the way Jen Hadfield does in this remarkable, hypnotic poem. We’re not just offered a close-up of that tiny, persistent, oldest living whatever in the world, we’re aligned with it – taken down to rock level to participate in the attention it’s paying us. Huge, tiny and symbiotic, her words belong to both plant and human worlds. Like the lichen, they seem to grow from the page that anchors them. Notice how...

Jane Smiley on writing one hundred years of a family's story

Jane Smiley on writing one hundred years of a family's story

Jane Smiley is an American novelist and essayist. She won the Pulitzer Prize in 1992 for A Thousand Acres and since then has been critically acclaimed for books including Horse Heaven and Private Life. Here she is to introduce her latest novel, Some Luck, the first book in The Last Hundred Years Trilogy. Our sister imprint, Mantle, is publishing it in hardback in a couple of weeks, and we'll be publishing the paperback next year. We can't wait!

A Friday poem about coffee

A Friday poem about coffee

I collect poems about tea but I’d gladly make a special exception and add this poem about coffee. I love the way the repeated sounds in the poem intertwine and mirror the bird building a nest... 

Apocaliterary fiction and the Museum of Civilisation

The world we live in is a strange one. One full of evil, illness, yet undeniable beauty. It is a world where our elders complain of the younger generation's blunted youth, dumbed down by iPhones, computers and social media; corrupted by gratuitous violence. But in Emily St. John Mandel's novel Station Eleven, amongst many other things, she poses the question: what if we were to lose it all? 

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