What’s Eating Leslie H? – A Critical Look at Halliwell’s Film Guide

In his day, Leslie Halliwell was one of the world’s best-known film critics – but like Philip Larkin as jazz critic, he was not without his flaws. The comparison is not an idle one – anyone familiar with both Halliwell’s Film Guide and Larkin’s jazz criticisms will know why. While Larkin was a die-hard fan … More What’s Eating Leslie H? – A Critical Look at Halliwell’s Film Guide

Mantra

If I had a superhero base, like Batman or Superman I’d have some words engraved on a rock near the entrance. I wouldn’t have a statue of my Kryptonian parents. I wouldn’t have reminders of my Earthly parents gunned down in Gotham City. Both of these things are worthy but they’re still fictional – as … More Mantra

Shore’s End

When there was only me I’d come here To the beach and to the sea And tread the pier To peer at the world’s edge To learn its secrets And to see that nothing goes away Now of course there is no pier And the beach teems With ticking grains of sand The sea engulfs … More Shore’s End

Rorrim

Backwards It’s all backwards You begin in hell and then ascend Backwards Twisting Your hands emerge from earth Upwards You wrench like a wretch Lurching Falling upwards Against gravity Against sanity Against purity You fall Upwards against  your will Slitting your way up the heavenly hill