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The Singing of the Scythe

The Singing of the Scythe

No.3 2014

'The Singing of the Scythe' is a selection of WW1 poetry like no oth...

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Punjabi Folksongs


He wears a tussar shirt.
O train, move slowly
You carry a passenger bound for Basra

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Wednesday 19th November: MPT walk to the Chattri

We’ve decided to hold a small impromptu reading on Wednesday 19 November to mark the appearance of the latest issue ’Singing of the Scythe‘. We know this is late notice, but perhaps you will be intrigued by the idea of a ‘mystery walk’ on the South Downs to a place of fantastic beauty and tranquility: a memorial called the Chattri which stands to commemorate all the Indi...

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Brecht and Steffin: Love in a Time of Exile and War

Watch the full video of 'Brecht and Steffin: Love in a Time of Exile and War'.

The performance highlighted brand new translations of poems exchanged by Brecht and his lover, collaborator and friend, Margarete Steffin. Actors read the poems exchanged by Brecht and Steffin, accompanied by live music and readings of diaries, letters and prose. David Constantine and the Brecht translator and editor Tom Kuhn explore the relationship between the two writers in love, in exile and in parting. ...

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Features and Reviews

Panther and Gazelle

My office phone has the name ‘ Goll ’ next to a red light that is sometimes on and sometimes off. When I noticed this name with its urgent red light for the first time a couple of weeks ago I daydreamed that Yvan Goll was on the line wanting to tell me the secrets of his affair with Paula Ludwig. Panther and Gazelle, translations of a selection of poems taken from Ludwig’...

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