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Tag Archives: Wendy Cope

Interview(ed)

(for the British School in Colombo yearbook 2010/11) 1. So, what’s with the beard? After I graduated from the War Studies Faculty at KCL I rather fancied myself as a war correspondent, so I grew the beard. Then I just rather fancied myself. 2. We somehow get the impression that you are always very sarcastic [...]

Second Thoughts

Very Short Stories* by ASH Smyth (et al.) * inspired by the Galle Literary Festival’s Opening Lines Project Antony Beevor In history, as in politics, intellectual honesty is the first casualty of moral outrage. In both disciplines, the first casualty of intellectual honesty is one’s wallet. David Blacker ‘He hit the morning, running, Benzedrine and [...]

Beer, Roving, and getting to write your own headlines

Letter from the Galle Literary Festival 2011. – For theartsdesk

“What’s so wrong with having a sense of humour?”

ASH Smyth meets his poetic heroin(e) and suffers a Dictaphone malfunction   When you step outside, perhaps you’ll see an envoy from the Nobel Literature Committee; though it’s unlikely. This was my attempt at ‘finishing’ Wendy Cope’s contribution to the GLF’s Opening Lines Project. I figured it did the job, a fragment of Cope-style (Copious?) [...]

(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).