Declan Ryan

Literary fun and games

3 June 2023 9:00 am

Academic jargon, back-scratching and literary scandals were all ripe for treatment in the long-running N.B. by J.C. column – now available in a glorious miscellany

Andrew Motion pays tribute to his poetic mentors

20 May 2023 9:00 am

In a second memoir, Motion focuses on how he became a poet, and his search for father figures, including W.H. Auden and Philip Larkin

Shirley Hazzard – so in love with Italy she spoke in arias

3 December 2022 9:00 am

Hazzard’s spiritual awakening on reading Leopardi’s poems and first seeing the Bay of Naples led to a lifelong passion for her adopted country

Suicide was always a spectre for John Berryman

28 November 2020 9:00 am

‘A matter that hurts me is that I have made many hundreds of people laugh, in various cities, during the…