Ben East

The rise of Lang Leav and the Instapoets

The National, November 2017 It’s not so long ago that writers, publishers, readers and critics alike were bemoaning contemporary poetry’s inability to cross into the mainstream. It wasn’t…

Mohammed Hanif on the search for meaning

The National, November 2017 Pakistani author Mohammed Hanif is considering the unique challenges of writing about his home country. In his two novels, A Case Of Exploding Mangoes…

Philip Pullman – not just for kids

The National, October 2017 It is surely one of the most eagerly awaited books of the year. Seventeen years after the last in Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials…

Write To The Point by Sam Leith

  The Observer, October 2017 Language has rules, but there’s no umpire: this is the starting point for Sam Leith’s guide to correct or, more precisely, standard English…