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Category Archives: correspondence

Bollcks to the new-born king!

Troll(ing) the ancient Yuletide carol. – For The Spectator

Fools’ Charter

A trip to see all four surviving originals of the Magna Carta. – For The Spectator

Debriefed by Captain Underpants

A day out in darkest South Wimbledon, with David Gandy and Rich Hardcastle. – For The Spectator

15 years of laughing at ‘Art’

Critic (and diarist) ASH Smyth reflects on the pitfalls of modern art, the vagaries of friendship, and the comic role he’s always wanted.   ‘My friend Serge has bought a painting…’  1997. Ish . See ‘Art’, Yasmina Reza’s comedy of mannerism, for the first time (Wyndhams Theatre, London). Show has hit the West End running: [...]

If you build it they may come

An inter-cultural stroll around Colombo. – For theartsdesk

Beer, Roving, and getting to write your own headlines

Letter from the Galle Literary Festival 2011. – For theartsdesk

Chicken dancing, naughty Tamil literature, and Rana Dasgupta goes Solo (outdoors)

Galle Literary Festival diary – part 3.

(Beer and) Roving on the literary circuit

Despatches from the Galle Literary Festival (SL Sunday Times).

Geoff Dyer, Michael Frayn, and other people who were or were not there

GLF diaries – part the second.

In which the author expresses his love for Wendy Cope

Diary from the Galle Literary Festival (preamble).