This page will be for theatre reviews and here is the first:
Very pleased to see this in the Fortnightly Review.
Delighted that my review of Miles Goslett’s new book on the questionable details of the Hutton Inquiry into the death of David Kelly has now been published by the Fortnightly Review. Click on the link below:
The review starts with a survey of selected Whistleblower books, and concludes with a more in-depth look at Goslett’s brilliant book – An Inconvenient Death: How the Establishment Covered Up the David Kelly Affair.
Interview with Miles Goslett
Tango has always been a love of mine, and Lindi Kopke and I worked together for a number of years, exploring the notion of dancing tango to classical music. Click on the link below to watch some videos on the Tango Schumann website.
The Crown Prince gets preferential treatment
In the Hanoi Hilton. Hear the songbird sing
Of kind handling by the people he has injured
From the air. What will the rear admiral think though,
Should his son accept that offer of release?
Better hang on in there, rather than return
Ignominiously at best, at worst a Rose of Tokyo.
“Darned if I will,” says the cowboy who has destroyed
As many of his country’s planes as he has of the enemy’s –
Lopping power-lines from the sky, airman out of a rodeo.
“Pa’s in command of all our forces here in the Pacific.
Can’t just hold my breath till I turn blue
As I used to when a kid and get him to get
Me out of here. To the bitter…got to see this through.”
But when he does get back, after it’s all over,
Hasn’t this Prince a job to do, blocking all info on
Unreturned POWs? Some may know too much
About him. Show their families no justice, rail at them
And scream, insult them, drive the wives to tears,
Push a grandma out of her wheelchair. Well, how dare
She question his loyalty, doubt his patriotism even?
Puts his faith in his right to the might of his fathers.
And if prisoners get dishonoured by being left to die
At least their secrets die with them. He’s got a career
To fly. There’s his hate’s volcano to be stoked.
Thin, dark and starving, kept in the caves that years
Later will boost tourism, won’t they drop off soon
Like flies?” Satellite photos show the markings
Pilots such as our Prince have been trained to use
When signalling for rescue. He will insist
The Pentagon sees nothing more than shadows
And vegetation. He will agree with the CIA
That these are saw-grass clumps, no doubt,
Mere rice-paddy walls. What you get in Viet Nam,
Never the desperate name of a missing man
Gouged into a field. But then, as one investigator
Puts it to the Senate. “Guys, if grass can spell out
People’s names and secret digit codes,
Then I have found a new respect for grass.”
HERON OF HAWTHORNDEN – a chap-book of dizains by Anthony Howell celebrating his residency at the castle in the Autumn of 2017. Illustrations by the author. Limited edition from Scotland Street Press. Available for £5 incl. postage from Grey Suit Editions, 33 Holcombe Road, London N17 9AS.
Saturday 5 May at 7.30 pm at The Room, 33 Holcombe Road, Tottenham Hale, London N17 9AS – £5 entry plus donation for refreshments.
David Cooke was born in Wokingham and grew up in Reading, although his family roots are in the West of Ireland. In 1977, while an undergraduate at Nottingham University, he won a Gregory Award. His poems and reviews have appeared widely in the UK, Ireland and beyond in journals such as Agenda, Ambit, The Cortland Review, The Interpreter’s House, The Irish Press, The Irish Times, The London Magazine, Magma, The Manhattan Review, The Morning Star, Poetry Ireland Review, Poetry Salzburg Review and Stand. He has published five collections of his poetry, the latest of which is After Hours published by Cultured Llama Publishing in 2017. He is founder and co-editor of The High Window.
John Welch used to run The Many Press. He has published several collections of poetry and a new one, In Folly’s Shade, will appear from Shearsman Books later this year. His prose writings include ‘Dreaming Arrival’, a personal account of his experience of psychoanalysis.
Jane Solomon was born in London. She had a novel, Hotel 167, published by Picador when she was 20. They subsequently bought her second novel, Camembert, which was never published due to a conflict of interests. She received an Arts’ Council Award for her third novel, The Nightberry. Jane continued to write novels while developing her other interest, Argentine Tango, which she has been teaching and performing for over 15 years, including 7 years spent in Buenos Aires. Most recently, she has been writing poetry, and some of her work has been published in The Spectator magazine.
Emma Hammond has published two books- ‘tunth-sk’ with Flipped Eye and ‘The Story of No’ with Penned in the Margins. She also has a collection with zimZalla called ‘Waves on a Boring Beach’ and has self-published two pamphlets, ‘softly softly catchy monkey’ and ‘Sleeveless Errand’. She is working on her third full collection ‘Valour‘. It includes poems about journeying, infertility and puppies but is really about trying hard and doing your best to be a real person. Emma also teaches and mentors poets.
Poetry at The Room Enquiries – 8801 8577
Sergei Skripal turns out to have been
Christopher Steele’s associate.
During the last presidential elections,
They had worked together on a dossier
Laced with detrimental footage
Russian operatives allegedly
Had to dish on Donald Trump.
Steele was MI6. An adept officer,
He operated under diplomatic cover;
In Russia and in Paris, and at the FO;
Pillar of a secretive establishment.
After he left the service though,
He supplied the FBI with evidence
Of bribery at FIFA: sterling work
On international soccer that lent credence
To his material on Trump’s entanglements.
Colourful these. Trump hiring prostitutes
To piss on a bed that Barack
And Michelle were said to have slept in
In the Moscow Ritz Carlton.