Reading Round Texts

This is where I will list all the texts from each Reading Round week, but after the group has read them.

I will also try, where possible, to post links to more information about the writer and if the text is available online, where it can be downloaded or read.

But I am also conscious of copyright issues. Writers cannot work for nothing. Book sales and public lending rights are sources of income.

Tuesday October 7, 2014

Short story: Doris Lessing, ‘Through the Tunnel’

Read it online:

About Doris Lessing:


Another Doris Lessing story at The New Yorker: a-mild-attack-of-locusts

Poem: Adrienne Rich, ‘Diving into the Wreck’

Read it online:

About Adrienne Rich:

More poems by Adrienne Rich:

Tuesday October 14

Tea at the Midland by David Constantine

Read it online

About David Constantine

The Sea is History by Derek Walcott

Read it online

About Derek Walcott

The Art of Poetry, Derek Walcott interviewed by The Paris Review

 Tuesday October 21

A Dream of Winter, Rosamond Lehmann

Read it online: 

Interview in the Paris Review

Review of her work by English PEN

The Fish by Elizabeth Bishop

Read it online:

About Elizabeth Bishop: Poets.Org:

At the Poetry Foundation:

Tuesday October 28

The Wireless Set by George Mackay Brown

This story isn’t available online. It comes from his collection of short stories: A Time to Keep. However, there is information available about Mackay Brown here:

Official website:
Scottish Poetry Library:
For a PDF of Orkney library’s George Mackay Brown Collection:

Heron by Michael Longley

Read it online here:

About Michael Longley:

Arts Council of Northern Ireland:

Tuesday 4 November 

Captive by Rose Tremain

Read it here:

About Rose Tremain:
A Guardian feature:
Waterstones feature:

The Emigrant Irish by Eavan Boland

The poem is from her collection The Journey (Carcanet).

Listen on YouTube:

About Eavan Boland:

The Little Cello by Gillian Allnutt

The poem is not available online but you can read it in her collection Sojourner,(Bloodaxe Books):

About Gillian Allnutt:

Tuesday 11 November

Jesus Out to Sea by James Lee Burke:

James Lee Burke official website:

Interviewed on Youtube:

A couple waiting by Matthew Sweeney is from Selected Poems (Jonathan Cape, 2002)

Youtube interview:

Bloodaxe Books author page:

Tuesday 18 November

Katherine Mansfield, The Doll’s House:

The Katherine Mansfield Society:

Her life in New Zealand:

Biography at the New Zealand Book Council:

Vicki Feaver, Gorge, from The Book of Blood (Cape, 2006). The poem is not available online.

Link to her work here:

Read one of the poems from the collection here:

And new poems from her forthcoming collection on the same blog:

A film poem, The God of Sugar:

Tuesday 25 November

Dylan Thomas, A Child’s Christmas in Wales:

Dylan Thomas website:

Biography and poems at the Poetry Foundation:
Dylan Thomas 100 Centenary:
Thomas reading:

Seamus Heaney, North:
Biography at Faber:
On The Art of Poetry at the Paris Review
Harvard magazine:
Nobel Prize:
Guardian selection of videos of Heaney reading his work:

Tuesday 2 December 2014

I first read Carson McCullers’ short story, ‘A Tree. A Rock. A Cloud’, in The Pocket Book of American Short Stories Ed. Philip Van Doren Stern but it is available to download here: 

The following two websites are dedicated to her work:
And there is a YouTube documentary on her here:

Pauline Stainer is a British poet whose work invites admiration and honours.

The poems of hers that we read – ‘The Fall’ and ‘Harbour, Room’ – are not available online. They come from Parable Island (Bloodaxe Books, 1999), available from the Bloodaxe website. This is a link to their Pauline Stainer page:

She is featured on the Poetry Archive:

and a poem from her most recent collection is in the Guardian here:

Tuesday 9 December 2014

Mohsin Hamid, Terminator: Attack of the Drone:

Interviews: mohsin-hamid-interview/
About: mohsin-hamid/

Asian Fortune News

Kei Miller,’ix. in which the cartographer travels lengths and breadths’:

Carcanet Press:

Kei Miller’s blog:

Other links:


Tuesday January 13 

Nadine Gordimer, ‘A Present for a Good Girl’, in Harper’s Magazine:

Nobel Prize:

Guardian obituary:
In the Paris Review: The art of fiction:
More stories in the New Yorker archive:
Her place in South African history:

Edna St Vincent Millay, ‘The Fitting’:

About her and her poetry at The Poetry Foundation:
More at the Academy of American Poets:
Read her poems online:

Tuesday January 20

James Joyce

The James Joyce Centre:
Read ‘Araby’:
Joyce at The Literature Network:
University College Dublin James Joyce Research Centre:
Zurich James Joyce Foundation:
Joyce’s Dublin: comprehensive links to other sources of information on James Joyce:
Chris Power discusses Joyce’s influence on short story writers:

Ted Hughes

Read ‘Horses’:
Biography at Academy of American Poets:
Other poems by Ted Hughes:
Recordings of Hughes poems at The Poetry Archive:
Hughes interviewed for The Art of Poetry in The Paris Review:
Jeanette Winterson discusses Hughes work:

Tuesday January 27 2015

Annie Proulx

Interviewed for the Paris Review:
Interviewed by The Independent:
Interview for New York Times:

The Blood Bay online:

Annie Proulx publisher page:

Susan Wicks

British Council Literature:
Shortlisted for The Griffin Poetry Prize 2010 for her translation of Valerie Rouzeau, Cold Spring in Winter:
Bloodaxe Books page:
where she reads Pistachios from House of Tongues (2011)
In conversation:–valerie-rouzeau-221
Read Pistachios:
More poems by Susan Wicks:

Tuesday February 3 2015

Alan Paton

Alan Paton, ‘Ha’penny’ short story:

From ‘Tales from a Troubled Land (Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1961)

About Paton: South African hisotry online:
Alan Paton Centre

More on Paton and bibliography:

Robert Duncan

Read Robert Duncan’s ‘My Mother Would be a Falconress’ (1968)

Copyright © 1968 by Robert Duncan from  Bending the Bow (New Directions Publishing Corporation, 1968)

About Duncan: The Poetry Foundation:
More poems oinline and links to information about Duncan:
Reading of the poem ‘Often I am Permitted to Return to a Meadow’ on YouTube:

 Tuesday February 10 2015

Elizabeth Bowen

Elizabeth Bowen Enclyclopaedia Brittanica:
Elizabeth Bowen discusses wrirting on BBC Archive:
Her biographer Victoria Glendenning writes about her in The Guardian:
The Demon Lover PDF:
Folk song:
Demon lover folklore:

Kay Ryan

Kay Ryan at the Poetry Foundation:

Interview with Kay Ryan:

The art of poetry:
The Edges of Time in Grey Sparrow Journal:
Read the poem, Album:

Tuesday February 17

James Thurber

Read The Secret life of Walter Mitty in the New Yorker:
Or download a PDF from the Library of America:

About James Thurber:
About Walter Mitty The Guardian:
More on the story’s lasting influence in Esquire magazine:
The science of daydreaming:
thurber 1894 – 1961 editor on new yorker, cartoonist, and writer.

Mark Doty

Read Apparition (A favourite poem) online:

Doty’s website:

Background to the writing of the poem, by the poet:
Mark Doty on writing:
Interview in the Kenyon Review:

Percy Bysshe Shelley

Read Ozymandias:

Shelley at
Shelley on BBC history:

More biographical background:
Analysis of Ozymandias online:
British Library analysis:

Tuesday 24 February 2015

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie story:

About Adichie:

Her official website:

The Guardian:
TED talk:

Essay on fashion:

Julia Copus‘ poem is not available online, but from her collection In Defence of Adultery (Bloodaxe Books).

Some of her work is on the Poetry Archive:

Also at Poetry International:

Biography at the Faber website:

At the Bloodaxe website:

A review of The World’s Two Smallest Humans:

On Youtube at the TS Eliot awards:

Tuesday March 4

Read Geoffrey Dutton, The Wedge Tailed Eagle: Pub/Reporter-1968apr04-00034

Obituary: obituary-geoffrey-dutton-1200357.html

Penguin Books: geoffrey-dutton
Encyclopaedia Brittanica entry: Geoffrey-Piers-Henry-Dutton
Dutton reviews Peter Carey: illywhacker/reviews/geoffrey-dutton/

Robert Lowell reads Skunk Hour:

Skunk Hour online: robert-lowell
Biography at Poetry Foundation: robert-lowell
The Art of Poetry in The Paris Review: the-art-of-poetry-no-3-robert-lowell
Colm Toibin on Lowell and Elziabeth Bishop: follow-the-leader
Background to Skunk Hour: skunk-hour/
About Lowell: flashbks/robertlowell.htm
About Life Studies: byrneessaylowell.html
Lowell reads his work: rare-recording-robert-lowell-reads-his-poetry

Tuesday March 10

Jackie Kay 

Read What Ever: what-ever-a-short-story-jackie-kay

Kay’s biography and poems:  poets/jackie-kay

Guardian profile: profile/jackiekay
Telegraph interview: Jackie-Kay-Interview.html
Review: reality-reality-jackie-kay-review
Interviewed on Open Book:
Interviewed for the Sunday Times: ackie-kay-sunday-times/
Bloodaxe books author page:
Film talking about Red Dust Road:

Mimi Khalvati

Read Ghazal:To Hold Me from The Meanest Flower (Carcanet 2007)

On Poetry Archive:

Carcanet Press:

More poems on Peony Moon:

On the Ghazal:

Tuesday 17 March 2015

Margaret Atwood

‘Act now to save our birds’ by Margaret Atwood: margaret-atwood-birds-review

Atwood’s environmentalism:

Her most recent collection of short stories is Stone Mattress: nine-tales-review-layers-of-experience

Her own website is comprehensive:

Atwood at the Brighton Festival: margaret_atwood_and_graeme_gibson/

Wallace Stevens

Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird:

There is a Wallace stevens society:
and a journal: wallace_stevens_journal/

Academy of American Poets biog: wallace-stevens

A poem about writing: of-modern-poetry.html

Tuesday 7 April 2015

Referential by Lorrie Moore published in the Telegraph: Referential.html

Symbols and Signs by Vladimir Nabokov in the New Yorker: symbols-and-signs

Two interviews with Moore:


Birdcall by Alicia Ostriker published by the Academy of American Poets: birdcall

Biography on the Jewish women’s archive: ostriker-alicia-suskin
More poems: two-poems-by-alicia-ostriker-2/

Tuesday April 21

John Wain

A message from the Pig Man is in Short Stories of Our Time ed Douglas Barnes and you can read it on Google Books.

Biography and background

Remarks on the short story:

Hugo Williams

Blank Pages is not available online but you can read it in the collection Billy’s Rain, Faber & Faber, 1999


On the Poetry Archive:
Another intevciew:
On Youtube and Titian:

Tuesday April 28

Flannery O’Connor, Living With a Peacock: living-with-a-peacock-by-flannery-oconnor-september-1961/

Joyce Carol Oates on Flannery O’Connor’s work: flanneryoconnor/

A range of links to O’Connor’s work:

Emily Dickinson, Hope is the thing with feathers:

Emily Dickinson Museum:

Biography at the Academy of American Poets: poetsorg/poet/emily-dickinson

Alison Brackenbury, Lapwings: poem_month_lapwings_39546

Carcanet Press page:

Brackenbury’s own website:

Tuesday May 5

Donald Barthelme, The School: readings/stories/bart.html

Interviewed by The Paris Review: the-art-of-fiction-no-66-donald-barthelme

His reading list: barthelme_syllabus

John Ashbery, For John Clare: poem/john-clare

Biography of Ashbery:

Readings by John Ashbery:  john-ashbery-is-81-today.html

John Clare, House or Window Flies: poetsorg/poem/house-or-window-flies

About Clare:

Clare’s cottage:

Tuesday May 12 

Tania Hershman The Special Advisor (link from her website): my-writing/to-read/

The White Road and other stories: thewhiteroad.htm

An interview: tania-hershman/1123.html

Another interview:

Marilyn Hacker‘s Essay on Departure comes from the collection, Desesperanto, Poems 1999-2002:

Poet Gregory Woods on Hacker: marilyn-hacker.html

In Conversation:

Other links:
Poem online:
Another interview with hacker: prose/essay_krysl.php

Tuesday May 19

Read Martina Evans essay, Sweating in the Paddock: a-poet-s-mortifying-experience

There is a link to the poem ‘The Mystery of Shoes’ on Martina’s own website:

Martina reads Petrol on Youtube:
Poetry International page: Martina-Evans

The poem, ‘Low Key’ is in Burnfort Las Vegas, available from poetry publisher Anvil:

On writing: oh-poetry-i-thought-it-was-a-book-

Tuesday May 26 

Hector Munro – Saki

Read The Lumber Room:

Prof Tim Connell on Saki:  in-commemoration-of-hector-munro-saki
Brief biog:
Other links:

Frank O’Hara

Read Ave Maria:
A comprehensive essay on his work:
Academy of American Poets:
His obituary and more on the New York School: oharas-ny-times-obituary/

John McCullough’s tribute to Frank O’Hara, Reading Frank O’Hara on the Brighton Express:

Tuesday June 2

Kamila Shamsie Our Dead, Your Dead
Author page: Bloomsbury
Interview: A-writers-life-Kamila-Shamsie
Review of A God in Every Stone:
Moniza Alvi
The Camp is not available online but At The Time of Partition is published by Bloodaxe Books
About At The Time of Partition
Poet Carrie Etter’s blog on Alvi’s work
At the Time of Partition on Vimeo: Alvi reads from her work at the Newcastle Centre for Literary Arts
Dawn review of At The Time of Partition
Part 2 of At the Time of Partition in The London Magazine
Moniza Alvi official website
Alvi on Poetry International
Read Alvi’s poem, The Sari

Tuesday June 9

Martina Evans visit to the group. Links to her work are on her website: Martina Evans

Tuesday June 16

James Joyce: Eveline

The James Joyce Centre

Joyce’s grandson interviewed by the New Yorker

W B Yeats The Circus Animals Desertion

About Yeats at the Nobel Prize website

Why Yeats is still relevant and a reading of The Cloths of Heaven

Yeats reads his own poems on Youtube


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