The Waste Land‘The issue of Sellafield is complicated by the great skill the government has shown in turning accidents to good account.’ – Marilynne Robinson
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The Hotel Capital‘Clad in the pink and white uniform, I find myself viewing the corridor with different eyes.’ – Olga Tokarczuk
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Caoilinn Hughes on the ten best novels written by poets
William Atkins In Conversation
William Atkins on deserts, exploration and monasticism.
Louise Bourgeois as I Knew Her
Novelist Jean Frémon on the artist Louise Bourgeois
Amy Bloom | Five Things Right Now
Amy Bloom shares five things she’s reading, watching and thinking about right now.
‘On the coast of Cumbria, in the Lake District, there is a nuclear reprocessing plant called Sellafield, formerly Windscale, that daily pumps up to a million gallons of radioactive waste down a mile and a half of pipeline, into the Irish Sea. It has done this for thirty-five years.’
‘Some stories begin with an incident, or a set of enigmatic circumstances, or a scene indelibly witnessed, or the relationship of unlike temperaments, or even something as gossamer as a mood. And then there is the kind of story that is rooted in an idea.’