Mr WG Francis

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How to Write Poetry: And Get It Published (Continu&hellip by Fred Sedgwick
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
There are so many books of this kind, it can be hard to choose between them. In some respects it doesn't matter much, as the advice they contain is similar, but different authors emphasise different aspects of poetry and choose their examples and exercises accordingly. This one is well worth considering if you value (reading and writing) poetry as a way of exploring personal and universal issues. Like a wise and thoughtful teacher, the text allows the reader to learn by discovery. Curiosity and play are seen as central. If you are looking for a potted history of poetry and/or a guide to prosody look elsewhere, it will not be hard to find , but if you are interested in what poetry truly is… Read more
The Trip [DVD] <b>DVD</b> ~ Steve Coogan
The Trip [DVD] DVD ~ Steve Coogan
4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A personal classic, 23 Dec 2010
It's a bit like falling in love- when you come across a book, film, record or, in this case, a TV series that you know is destined to become a personal classic. It's true that Coogan and Brydon essentially play caricatures of themselves, but in some ways that must be much harder than taking on a whole new character. There's nothing to hide behind and the constant risk of sliding into self-indulgent parody. A brave, intelligent, humane piece of work by all concerned
Confessions of a Conjuror by Derren Brown
Confessions of a Conjuror by Derren Brown
69 of 73 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A nice man, 25 Oct 2010
As befits an illusionist, Derren Brown is himself somewhat of an enigma. He obviously has a very quick mind, and an excellent grasp of human behaviour and how to manipulate it. As a performer, he offers his audiences an entertaining and potentially transformative experience without, apparently, exploiting anyone. A nice, self-assured man. However, the picture he paints here is of someone rather ill at ease with himself, subject (at least in the past) to compulsions ranging from the incovenient to the downright dangerous, and over-anxious to please. These are truly 'Confessions' (I wonder what other C word he considered before settling on 'Conjuror') and the degree of self-loathing he… Read more