Don Paterson

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Toy Fights: A Boyhood by Don Paterson review – God, brawls and jazz
The poet tells the story of his early life in Dundee in vivid prose, complete with hyperbole, swearing and grumpy asides

John Mullan

20, Jan, 2023 @9:00 AM

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Don Paterson: ‘Poetry often involves obsessive personalities’
The award-winning poet on his painful and funny new memoir about growing up in Dundee, how he’s a ‘vile separatist’ and why music is his first love

Kate Kellaway

07, Jan, 2023 @6:00 PM

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The Arctic by Don Paterson review – poetry from the last-chance saloon
Paterson tackles everything from nuclear apocalypse to the male appendage in this confident, blackly humorous collection

Kate Kellaway

30, Aug, 2022 @8:00 AM

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'A rose with a thousand petals' … what makes an aphorism – and is this a golden age?
Forget haikus, epigrams, proverbs, maxims, adages and riddles. If you’re needing a sliver of wisdom, try an aphorism. There are certainly plenty around …

Sam Leith

21, Dec, 2018 @12:39 PM

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Curses and verses: the spoken-word row splitting the poetry world apart | Don Paterson
A takedown of young, accessible female poets is brave. But remember, Keats and Auden were first met with as much bewilderment as praise, writes poet Don Paterson

Don Paterson

26, Jan, 2018 @3:02 PM

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Poetry world split over polemic attacking 'amateur' work by 'young female poets'
Writing in PN Review, Rebecca Watts has slammed the popularity of writers such as Rupi Kaur and Hollie McNish as ‘consumer-driven content’

Alison Flood and Sian Cain

23, Jan, 2018 @10:46 AM

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Treasure Palaces: Great Writers Visit Great Museums – review
From John Lanchester at the Prado to Ann Wroe at Dove Cottage, these accounts of favourite museums are a joy to read

Alexandra Harris

09, Dec, 2016 @9:00 AM

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40 Sonnets by Don Paterson review – playful poems from a master
Nicholas Lezard’s paperback of the week: extraordinary, beautiful or funny – these poems from an expert in rhythm and rhyme stay with you

Nicholas Lezard

21, Sep, 2016 @9:00 AM

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Frances Hardinge’s The Lie Tree wins Costa book of the year 2015
First children’s book to win overall Costa prize since Philip Pullman in 2001 described as work of ‘great narrative tension’ and ‘multi-layered page-turner’

Mark Brown Arts correspondent

26, Jan, 2016 @8:30 PM

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'Our melting, shifting, liquid world': celebrities read poems on climate change
Actors including James Franco, Ruth Wilson, Gabriel Byrne, Maxine Peake, Jeremy Irons, Kelly Macdonald and Michael Sheen read a series of 21 poems on the theme of climate change, curated by UK poet laureate Carol Ann Duffy. Includes two bonus poems from Byrne and Franco

Nabeelah Shabbir, Eva Krysiak Alex Breuer, Jason Phipps and Xaquín GV

20, Nov, 2015 @10:08 AM

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40 Sonnets by Don Paterson review – on the crest of a wave
Nothing escapes the poet’s scrutiny in his first collection since the award-winning Rain

Kate Kellaway

27, Oct, 2015 @7:00 AM

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TS Eliot poetry prize shortlist stretches to Jamaica and beyond
Claudia Rankine joins past prize winners and debut authors on a shortlist that encompasses questions of racial identity, depression, love affairs and librarians

Alison Flood

22, Oct, 2015 @12:15 PM

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