Jubilate Agno

by Christopher Smart images by Angela Lemaire by Christopher Smart. Woodcut and linocut images and an Afterword by Angela Lemaire. Christopher Smart (1722-1771) was a major poet of great learning. Fascinated by the occult and the supernatural and Freemasonry, his...

Green Blades

by Thomas Hardy images by Mark Cazalet Thomas Hardy’s wife Emma died in November 1912, in the attic room of their house where she had lived estranged from him. Their marriage had hardened into an empty shell and Hardy had long been in love with Florence Dugdale, whom...

Duke Bluebeard’s Castle

by Béla Balázs images by Susan Adams Libretto for the Opera in One Act by Béla Balázs English performing version by John Lloyd Davies The story of Bluebeard has a long history, from Perrault's Fairy Tales through Maeterlinck, and is deeply embedded in...

Where Many Shipwrack

by John Donne images by Robert Macdonald a selection of early poems by John Donne with woodcut images by Robert Macdonald The poems are taken from Songs and Sonnets and Elegies, the earliest writings of John Donne (1572-1631). This love poetry is intense, rhetorical...

A Christmas Sequence

by Benjamin Britten Chester Mystery Cycle images by Angela Lemaire chosen by Benjamin Britten from the Chester Mystery Cycle with an Introduction by Dr Andrew Plant. Fifty years ago Benjamin Britten wrote Noye’s Fludde – an opera-for-all telling the story of Noah’s...