CLAMOROUS VOICE

stage, spires, and Shakespeare

  Snow and Snow   by Ted Hughes Snow is sometimes a she, a soft one. Her kiss on your cheek, her finger on your sleeve In early December, on a warm evening, And you turn to meet her, saying “It”s snowing!” But it is not. And nobody”s there. Empty and calm is the air. …

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Previous Thursday retrospects can be found below! Some were even published on Thursdays. Travel plans are afoot; Berlin in June/July, Kent in August and (I so hope) Positano (with Ravello and Sorrento, oh my god) in November. Recommendations for Berlin & Positano extremely welcome! It was my birthday! I am now 24, which is older …

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Registration is now open for The Famed and The Forgotten, taking place on 10th June in Oxford University’s English Faculty. 45 student speakers from Oxford and around the UK will be delivering papers on the concepts of ‘famed’ and ‘forgotten’, interrogated in the broadest possible terms across genres and periods encompassing Old English to the …

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Padel’s claims she did nothing to ‘smear’ Walcott are looking even shakier – Olivia Cole, the journalist to whom she chose to raise ‘student concerns’ is in fact a gossip diarist for the Evening Standard. Interestingly, however, she is an Oxford graduate, and an award-winning fellow-poet, listed in April 2009 as one of the Times’s …

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Here is the text of the email Ruth Padel (who resigned as Oxford’s Professor of Poetry yesterday) sent to Olivia Cole, ensuring the press knew about the past of her then-rival, Derek Walcott. “Hi Olivia, “ON the CHair, there is still no other nomination except (so extraordinarily) Derek W and me. But thye close on …

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Ruth Padel has resigned as the Oxford Professor of Poetry, the Guardian reports. Although details are currently scarce, it seems very likely she withdrew after it emerged that she privately alerted journalists to the (proven) allegations of sexual harassment against her former rival, Derek Walcott. Walcott withdrew from the race before the election, leading to …

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