The World Series Experience, Fenway Style

James Taylor singsThe National Anthem The Sox take the field The planets were well aligned. We were due to be in Boston this week anyway, but then the Red Sox won their place in the 2013 World Series and we were determined to go to a game. It was a big deal for all of...

In Protest: 150 Poems for Human Rights

Now here is something I am very happy to boast about. Last night, at an event at the Bloomsbury Festival in London, a new and very unique publication was launched. In Protest: 150 Poems for Human Rights is an ambitious new publication, sponsored by Spread the Word,...

Artists, Scientists and Stretching Things

It seems to be festival season around here. Bankside, London, is in the midst of the Merge Festival, which is the local immersive arts festival. Its aim is to provide a series of events which showcase and draw on the rich heritage and contemporary culture of this area...

Alice Munro's Win is a Win for the Short Story

I’m thrilled to hear that Alice Munro has received the Nobel Prize for Literature. I’m even more thrilled to see that most of the rest of the world is just as thrilled as I am. So much has been said about her brilliant work that I don’t need to go on...