The Art of Fiction was a famous essay by Henry James, from 1885. This blog is written by Adrian Slatcher, who is a writer amongst other things, based in Manchester. His poetry collection "Playing Solitaire for Money" was published by Salt in 2010. I write about literature, music, politics and other stuff. You can find more about me and my writing at www.adrianslatcher.com
Sunday, July 30, 2006
Things I won't do before I'm forty...
Saturday, July 29, 2006
Sunday, July 23, 2006
When did I lose interest in Brian Eno?
(And for the record: 5 great Eno moments -: "Baby's on Fire" live - from 1st June 1974 CD, "The True Wheel" from Taking Tiger Mountain (by Strategy) - the band A Certain Ratio took their name from this song, "I Zimbra" - Talking Head's finest ethnofunk moment, "Miss Sarajevo" - from the Passengers project with U2, Warszawa - with Bowie from "Low".)
Saturday, July 22, 2006
I, Conservationist (a poem)
The wonderful summer is with us at last –
though it comes bearing warnings.
The butterfly, for instance, is in peril
and I trust we’ll do enough to save it’s neck
before its too late.
I would grow wild buddleia for bees in my garden
and plant flowering honeysuckle for the butterfly,
but I’ve not a garden in my first floor flat.
Perhaps I can donate a small sum,
for retaining meadows across the counties.
Though come to think of it, I should save my cash
to build a windfarm and make my own power,
instead of relying on the nuclear option.
And then there’s the worry of saving for a pension,
and for the cost of my radiation cure.
Despite a country past, I’m stuck indoors,
with antihistamines and fridge-cooled water
to take me through the wilting day.
A common moth hovers outside my window,
and with twitching nose, I shut it out.
Friday, July 21, 2006
The Future is...niche
Tuesday, July 18, 2006
Sunday, July 16, 2006
What a Poetry Magazine Needs to do to Survive
Saturday, July 15, 2006
Old? No way
Thursday, July 13, 2006
Spam Poem#1 (Stanley Stephenson)
I am Stanley Stephenson
Amelia postmark from,
go do dragonfly Amelia
then conclude go
this bourbaki. can,
why baboon deemphasize
go me comport Amelia
the entice the garland
that aries can
afar from sleigh.
transvestite that this
Amelia from budge me
drove that bergen.
I fear that J.H. Prynne might be out of a job. Those last 3 lines get me every time. "Amelia from budge me shakespearian bourbaki drove that bergen" has anyone ever said it better? (More soon.)
Wednesday, July 12, 2006
Keep up to date
Anyone missing City Life's literary listings should keep up to date with the fine, clean lines of Literature North West.
If you want to check out the wide range of publishers and publications in the region - or are starting one yourself - then try its sister site Publishing North West. Who says publishing is a London thing?
For film and related activity you can have a look at the Northern Film Network's informative blog, and I'd recommend subscribing to their very useful email newsletter.
To whet your appetite for the autumn, the first Manchester Literature Festival will be with us in October. The website and brochure are coming soon.
And for all things Mancunian worth reminding people of the Manchester Blogger's Aggregator and for more blogs than you can shake a piece of hypertext at, Manchizzle's blogroll.
Not Manchester based, but anyone who caught poetry boy band Aisle 16 last year - and anyone who likes a bit of humour in their verse - should try and catch Luke Wright at this year's Edinburgh festival.