Mansfield and Chekhov are, she insists, inseparable in her development as a short-story writer. With Mansfield “it was the first time I’d seen short stories used like this. She was painterly, or musical almost. She really was doing something in a short space.” Chekho
Last year, writers Toby Litt and Ali Smith provoked controversy with the perceived implication in their introduction to New Writing 13 (including one of Simpson’s stories) that they were disappointed in the “domestic” nature of so many of the submissions by women. Si
Who would want to be an aristocrat?! A nearly cult film if only the much hyped anachronistic music had been more in evidence. Coppola should have dared more: loved early scenes with Austrian Marie in her carriage trundling across forests to get to France..all disorientation and youthf
“Very early morning. The sun was not yet risen, and the whole of Crescent Bay was hidden under a white sea-mist. The big bush-covered hills at the back were smothered. You could not see where they ended and the paddocks and bungalows began. The sandy road was gone and the paddoc
Watching Almodovar’s wonderful new film, ‘Volver’ I was reminded of KM’s famous declaration of her artistic intention. Almodovar like Mansfield and many others explores the healing possibilities of the ‘come back’ or the ‘return’. The op
A gorgeous outing for all those worshippers of irony and the perfectly formed ankle. This film is a homage to shoes, jackets, hair, breasts colour.and the devastating put down. The only neglected sense was the nose and if the cinema had been flooded with the scent of red D
I first met Katherine Mansfield in a hut. Every Friday in the Upper Sixth form we would read a short story from a battered collection extracted from the book cupboard in order to improve our wider reading for that gold standard test of English Lit A level, English paper 3. I can remem
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