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Adrian Slatcher writes poetry, fiction and criticism, and lives in Manchester.

Simon Armitage

Simon Armitage seems forever young, but he’s now 48, a testament to how long he’s been in the public eye as one of our favourite poets. I first encountered him … Continue reading

September 3, 2011 · Leave a comment

China Mieville

I first read China Mieville in an anthology of new “fabulist” writing (Conjunctions 39) and he stood out for me. I was surprised to find that he was a London-based … Continue reading

May 27, 2011 · Leave a comment

Thom Gunn

So different have the American and British poetry scenes been in the second half of the 20th century that finding a poet that straddles both of them seems miraculous. Thom … Continue reading

May 27, 2011 · Leave a comment

James Wood

Without a critical culture, is there, in fact, a culture? Literary criticism seemed to be something from the distant past when I was growing up, and though I managed to … Continue reading

January 2, 2011 · Leave a comment

Michel Houellebecq

Several years ago I was speaking with a journalist friend who told me he’d just interviewed an exciting new French novelist who was little known in Britain. The name must … Continue reading

January 1, 2011 · 1 Comment

A.M. Homes

Iowa graduate, American novelist and short story writer A.M. Homes is a writer that crept up on me. I’d occasionally come across one of her remarkably elastic short stories online … Continue reading

January 1, 2011 · Leave a comment

Bruce Chatwin

Bruce Chatwin would have been 70 this year, the same as John Lennon, yet his published novels came late in a life, which was also tragically curtailed. From when I … Continue reading

October 16, 2010 · Leave a comment

Philip Roth

I came to Roth late, with 1997’s masterful “American Pastoral.” His was a name I’d seen on bookshelves for years without getting round to reading him. I’d just started my … Continue reading

October 16, 2010 · Leave a comment

Matthew Welton

Matthew Welton’s poetry first appeared in magazines, and alongside a number of Faber poets in their shortlived Faber Firsts. These poems and more formed his first collection, “The Book of … Continue reading

July 25, 2010 · Leave a comment

David Mitchell

It must have been a review of David Mitchell’s debut novel “Ghostwritten” that made me go straight out and buy it. I read it in one stretch, marvelling at his … Continue reading

July 25, 2010 · Leave a comment

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