I The hazel is ablaze with catkins. The elms nod their heads in a blue realm. Below, daffodils kiss down the knoll to the kissing gate, the brown field beyond exact, freshly tidied by plough. You are standing in it, your face turned up to the new sun, the tartan scarf – Clan Barclay? The […]
When our train goes over the river sending all the bridge bats aquiver into the pink evening; when the poplar’s shadow on the barley is not wanting for company and the castle turret is gleaming, it’s time for that part of the day, a few hours at least, that we can say are ours.
Robert Selby makes a pilgrimage to the Cornish house of poet W.S. Graham, encountering corvids, Poldark, and surprisingly high-speed internet along the way On our first morning in St Ives, I opened the blinds to a tree re-leafed by jackdaws. So that was the heavy footfall on the roof. Jackdaws are common across the UK […]
The Promised Land: Poems from Itinerant Life by André Naffs-Sahely (Penguin, paperback, 80 pages. Out now) Review by Robert Selby ‘All my life, I’ve felt like a Jew, or a Gipsy, or some hapless scion of a lost wandering tribe’, writes André Naffis-Sahely in his poem ‘This Most Serene Republic’, ‘But they, at least, have […]
Join us at our favourite watering hole – The Social, on London’s Little Portland Street – for a night of music, poetry and film. Taking place on Wednesday 18 October, the evening will feature a rare live performance from July Skies, as well as a reading from poet Robert Selby, and a DJ set from […]