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Household names

Nick Hornby May 12, 2009 at 1:58 pm Books, Films ,

In the Evening Standard today, the poet Ruth Padel is described as ‘the only household name’ left in the race to become Oxford Professor of poetry. I’m sure Padel is an excellent poet, and a perfectly good candidate for the chair, but despite all this, she is not a household name; I would go so […]

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Poet Laureate

Nick Hornby November 27, 2008 at 2:24 pm Books , ,

The newspapers are trying to guess who might be given the job of Poet Laureate, but I am yet to read an article explaining why on earth any poet would want the job in the first place. A few weeks ago, Andrew Motion, the current Laureate, confessed that he’d felt blocked and unable to write […]

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Still Black, Still Proud

Nick Hornby June 18, 2008 at 3:23 pm Books, Music , ,

I spent a very happy Saturday evening at the Barbican, listening to ‘Still Black, Still Proud’, a James Brown tribute show that gave some of Brown’s old side-kicks – the horn-players Pee-Wee Ellis and Fred Wesley – the chance to team up with some of Africa’s finest musicians – Cheikh Lo, the drummer Tony Allen […]