Art & Culture

Art & Culture

Poetry page

Three poems exploring the refugee crisis, abandoned children and the power of silence.

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Art & Culture

Men like us: a review of The Two Popes film

Beneath the caricatures, Ronnie Convery discovers a thoughtful portrayal of two ordinary men trying their best.

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Art & CultureSocial Issues

Between the lines: is a non-feminist approach to Jane Austen possible?

TV and film adaptations of Jane Austen novels either descend into rom-coms or recreate her characters as modern feminist icons. But Bianca Costa Sales proposes an alternative approach.

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Art & CultureThought-provoking

Grief

The little boy
inside
wants to cry
but I won’t let him

A poem by Peter McCrudden Convery

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Art & Culture

Nativity

There was no room but each excuse had its own space,
Every negation required its own dimensions.
Comfort of course demands numerous metres squared,

A poem by Joseph Evans

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Art & Culture

Advent promise or smoke screens and mirrors?

Modern technology takes Sr Carolyn Morrison back to 15th century Italy to discover a Renaissance masterpiece. But does it work?

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Art & CultureHistory

The pen is mightier than the keyboard: Why writing is wonderful

Humans have used the written word for centuries, yet it is being replaced by computer work-processing. Harking back to medieval literature, Jasmine Jones discusses the beauty of writing, and our duty as humans to appreciate and preserve it.

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Art & Culture

Away in a Hollywood Manger

Faith and film go together like … well, oil and water. They tend to sit one on top of the other, never really successfully merging. Ronnie Convery asks whether movies are the right medium for mystery.

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Art & CultureMental Health

Why so serious?

“Why so serious?” Remember those adolescent days when your friends would repeat this with irritating insistence? Jonathan Parreño wants to know why Todd Philipp’s new Joker film is so unremittingly grim.

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Art & Culture

Child’s Song

I had a silver penny once
and a yellow toy balloon
But I lost my penny
down a drain
and the wind stole
my balloon.

A poem by Peter McCrudden Convery

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