Chiswick Book Festival

I was delighted to be asked to talk at the Chiswick Book Festival for the first time last week. (There are some photos of the event online here.) The festival, which is run by the lovely people at Midas PR, is great fun: there's a good sense of camaraderie and community, by no means dampened … Continue reading Chiswick Book Festival


Haste, post haste: George Gascoigne and friends

Sometime in London in the autumn of 1577, Gabriel Harvey, the son of a Saffron Waldon ropemaker and a self-consciously brilliant young Cambridge academic, opened up his copy of The Steele Glas, and turned to one of the volume’s three commendatory poems. It was signed: “Walter Rawely of the Middle Temple”. A compulsive – indeed, … Continue reading Haste, post haste: George Gascoigne and friends