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Poems from the East: Huntingdon

East Anglia Bylines
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This is the final poem in our series to mark National Poetry Day. It is an extract from “Little Gidding”, one section of T.S.Eliot’s last great work “The Four Quartets”. Little Gidding was a seventeenth century religious community near Huntingdon in Cambridgeshire. During the English Civil War they gave sanctuary to Charles 1st  (the “broken […]

Poems from the East: Suffolk

East Anglia Bylines
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This is the fifth in our series of poems about East Anglia to mark National Poetry Day. It is a lament for the destruction by the sea of the once great Suffolk city of Dunwich. The author is Bernard Barton “The Quaker Poet” who spent most of his life as bank clerk in Woodbridge, Suffolk. […]

Poems from the East: Norwich

East Anglia Bylines
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This is the fourth in our series of poems about East Anglia to mark National Poetry Day on 7th October. It is a response to the great fire which devastated Norwich “England’s chief ornament” in 1507 John Skelton was a clergyman born in Diss, where he was Rector for 30 years. He was tutor to […]

Poems from the East: Cambridgeshire

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Old Vicarage Grantchester

Rupert Brooke wrote “The Old Vicarage: Grantchester” in Berlin in 1921. It is about longing for England from abroad, and the house in Grantchester where he had stayed. Grantchester is a village on the river Cam two miles from Cambridge. The Old Vicarage is now the home of Jeffrey and Lady Mary Archer.

National Poetry Day in East Anglia

Blake Morrison
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I don’t spend all my time in Suffolk. But it’s where I’ve written most of my poems, some of them published, many not. It’s the emptiness that inspires me – the big skies and wide spaces.

And the eye-catching initiatives just keep coming

Martin Waller
Boris Johnson's eye-catching initiatives

One of Boris Johnson’s more eye-catching initiatives, a bridge or tunnel connecting Scotland and Northern Ireland, has been quietly laid to rest this week. The plan would have got around the problems Brexit has caused for trade across the Irish Sea, but the Treasury has apparently decided it is too expensive. Or stupid. Or something.

Culture wars, Nadine Dorries and the BBC

Martin Waller
Culture Wars, Nadine Dorries And The BBC

To express an opinion that you will not find much here or elsewhere in the media, I think the appointment of Nadine Dorries as Culture Secretary is a masterstroke. Boris Johnson could not better have signalled his and his Cabinet’s utter contempt for those on the other side of a culture war they have largely created and inflamed.