A 50 year journey through oriental philosophy and Karate By Dave Blazer I don’t really remember when the […]
Onen hag Oll, oll adro (One and all, all around) By Phili Mills Phili Mills argues that the […]
By Gordon Liddle My Grandfather’s nickname was The Gallower (pit pony). First day down the pit at 14, […]
Ars Notoria is proud to present a taster podcast of the powerful, partly autobiographical, trilogy of novels by […]
Guyanese with Indian ancestry, and ever since winning Sandbach Parker Gold Medal in his twenties, in 1964, Cyril has won critical acclaims and awards, including becoming the Poet Laureate of Ottawa, between 1984 and 1987. Few poets succeed as novelists as well. Recognised with the country’s most coveted awards, the Guyana Prize for Fiction, Cyril has proven he is also a great novelist.
Dale T McKinley (For ARS NOTORIA) A prefacing note: On 31st January it will have been exactly 13 […]
Socialists need to reconnect with religion By Philip Hall I’ve recently decided to become a Quaker. I went […]
The Peace and Justice Project could kick-start the renaissance of the left. The end of Jeremy Corbyn’s tenure […]
One of the most esteemed literary critics, but a poet at heart, Vidyan has reached one of the most coveted seats in literature as an Associate Professor of English Literature at Harvard. This achievement is more remarkable because Harvard had been notoriously accused of consistently rating Asian-American applicants lower.
Bandes dessinees (comics) – the French do it so much better. Most of my working life was spent […]
What is the difference between being a Welsh nationalist who wants fewer English and an English nationalist? By […]
By Philip Hall + It was the Albanian maid, Meera who discovered it. ‘There is an animal in […]
What is it that pulls us back from the solipsistic abyss of gamesmanship in life? By Neil Newman […]
There will be no business as usual in a Promethean Year By Adam Likley Firstly, let me wish […]
Christmas in Mexico is stuffed full of family, tradition and spirit. My three children bathed and clean in […]
Certainties trap us in the past with what has been, under the assumption that the future will be […]
James Tweedie, former International Editor of the Morning Star, argues strongly for a merry Brexit By James Tweedie […]
Chileans are trying to awaken from a nightmare, which has been recurring for decades and retains its vivid […]
The rich live in another Britain, a magical country, a Narnia, a Middle Earth, and they sneer at […]
Most of the problems people have, which caused them to vote Leave, are created by our own governments […]
England is, as far as colours go, fairly subdued and uniform. Mexico is the opposite By Simon Brewster […]
I was very curious to hear the opinions of former US army people working in the Middle East […]
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By Bryan Greetham. We are busy producing a generation of the most sophisticated recyclers of received opinion In […]
Poet of Honour is a series of Ars Notoria and Word Masala Foundation’s celebration of some of the best contemporary poets who have become iconic and a major inspiration. l am profoundly grateful that Imtiaz not only agreed to be a special guest for us to celebrate Christmas but also share as a special treat for you her trademark artistic expression in sketches.
THE SAD PLIGHT OF OUR RIVERS I have little time for The Guardian these days, but when it […]
In the spirit of Mayakovsky The World is Sick of Dreaming Sometimes I wish my bed were as […]
By Phil Hall In order to be healthy and thin you need to eat fresh food, much of […]
By Phil Hall Venice is one of the greatest sea cities. In the 5th century the Venetians rescued […]
Is New Labour’s dystopian surveillance society back on the cards again?
Or, “I really think we need to take a break”. By Paul Halas After several months of running […]
After I was released from jail, but house arrested and banned, I was able to get one of […]
If capitalism really gets hold of software that can manipulate human behaviour, then game over. By Phil Hall […]
Poet of Honour is a series of Ars Notoria and Word Masala Foundation’s celebration of some of the best contemporary poets who have become iconic and a major inspiration. This month we are thrilled to present Pascale Petit, who just won this year’s £5,000 inaugural Laurel Prize for ecopoetry with Mama Amazonica (Bloodaxe Books).
Keir Starmer has now alienated the best and the most idealistic people in the Labour Party By Phil […]
A 2020 Vision for South Africa A car arrived at Tony Hall’s funeral in 2008 with Aggie Msimang. […]
We are alive in amazing times, and 2020 is a significant year, as significant as 1968 was in […]
Will Biden get in? By Stephanie Urdang Dear Phil, I haven’t forgotten about your request to write something […]
By Emil Blake It’s rare for politicians not to smile. Even the most insincere daren’t show anything but […]
The birth of a genre, French noir 1930 – 1960 When thinking of “film noir” the names that […]
We need to be better people By Pete Field Would you torture your own children? Would you destroy […]
How we kill and never think about it By Pete Field In the mid-sixties driving in the countryside […]
At Kit’s Coty the Ancestors Spoke. They said: ‘We all belong’. By Phil Hall Well, 2007 was a […]
By Phil Hall Someone from the countryside was selling a young bush-baby in a corner of Dar-es-Salaam market. Mom was […]
By Francisco Dominguez The Central Bank of Venezuela (BCV) was right in appealing to the High Court’s ludicrous […]
Anyone paying attention? By Dale T. McKinley Since the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic, much of world’s public […]
Yves Montand in Nairobi in 1966 By Tony Hall On the face of it it may seem strange […]
When poets are publishers, other poets forget to notice them as poets. Thus, Todd Swift has remained a hidden diamond. So, to highlight his work, it delights us at Ars Notoria to bring his poem to you this month. It plays at many levels concealing the harshness directed elsewhere from the poem’s apparent impression!
We feel desolate at the squandering of such an enormous opportunity By Phil Hall After the failure of […]
Poet of Honour is a celebration of some of our best contemporary poets who are nothing but an inspiration. This month Ars Notoria is thrilled to present the Pulitzer Prize winner, poet Vijay Seshadri.
‘we have meandered through grief, loss, and trauma at the complete loss of our home‘ – Libby Patterson […]
By Felipe Elvira Imagine waking up in Uruapan. Many thousands of Uruapenses who have crossed the border over […]
By Rob Hyde On the face of it, given how my country-hopping life in Europe turned out, I […]
You can live a rich and full life – if you take collective action By Phil Hall When […]
More Glamorous than Che: Make a Film about the life of Angela Davis By Phil Hall It’s fascinating […]
By Paul Halas With the Labour Party once more appeasing the “Establishment”, can it still be home to […]
By Phil Hall On the 22nd of April 1992. There were 10 petrol-gas explosions in northern Guadalajara, killing […]
By Connie Hall Arthur Lewis Hall was a fellow of the Royal Society, a winner of the Murchison Medal […]
K, a superhero, finds working as an ESL teacher tough… By James Royce Mcguire It’s wacked. Here he […]
It was 1961, I was a reporter on the main SA daily newspaper The Star. The African National Congress had […]
In July we began the month with a powerful argument against Rebecca Long-Bailey’s dismissal by Richard House published […]
Benjamin Cusden is a poet who crossed over to the light from the darkness, and in the pamphlet, Cut The Black Rabbit, to be published on the date by Against The Grain Poetry Press. he presents the view from that darkness.
Mimi Khalvati was born in Tehran and has lived most of her life in London. She has published nine collections with Carcanet Press, including The Meanest Flower, shortlisted for the TS Eliot Prize 2007, and Child: New and Selected Poems 1991-2011, a Poetry Book Society Special Commendation.
By Neil Newman One of the most striking facets of the secular religion Marxism is the almost complete […]
By Philip Hall For more than 30 years I have been teaching people how to speak, write, read […]
By Bryan Greetham In this period of COVID-19 it is essential that we understand risk and to do […]
By Paul Halas Cartoons that were art. Growing up in a family that was immersed in the visual […]
On and off, for over thirty years, Andy Hall has aimed his camera at The City of London […]
Publish and be damned, as the Duke of Wellington retorted! There is no one way to write poetry and there are many who would teach you poetry while they struggle themselves! There are no regulations regarding workshops. So please stumble and be bruised; choose workshops and mentors wisely. Success is not guaranteed. Do read poems, learn, read more, listen, read aloud, and follow your path. Even the likes of Walt Whitman and Lord Tennyson were condemned in their times! Many have explained poetry, only poetically, but no one can do so concretely. Here are other takes by various poets…
The longing for a homeland is legitimate and the result of two millennia of European persecution. By […]
The Founder of Obsidian Nick Makoha is a Ugandan poet and playwright and based in London. His debut Kingdom of Gravity was shortlisted for the Felix Dennis Prize and nominated by The Guardian as one of the best books of 2017.
By Keith Woodhouse The night was over And the sea curds crackled And bent, crisply, in the deadening […]
By Paul Halas A favourite saying amongst Tories, not least the late demented Margaret Thatcher, is that the […]
By Adam Lickley 2017 did not end well for me. I was ‘let go’ from my job, my […]
by James Tweedie So you wanna be a journo, and why not? Well, here are a few good […]
by Francisco Dominguez On July 2nd 2020 British Judge Nigel Teare, with regard to a Central Bank of […]
My march through the relative silence of nine years Has brought me to a small house With a […]
By Adam Lickley So you fancy being a dancer, huh? And who doesn’t want to be paid to […]
By Phil Hall The first guided client to be ushered up the slopes of Chomolungma-Sagarmatha by Sherpa Tenzing […]
Story-writing for comics By Paul Halas It’s surprising how often I’ve been asked how one becomes a comic […]
March Lapwings Now everythingbegins to moveand everything stayswhere it iseach ash treeand each hummockshifts […]
Ars Notoria is pleased to present episode 10 of Dan Pearce’s groundbreaking graphic novel, Depression.
Selected by Dominic Tweedie from: Paul Robeson Speaks: Writings, Speeches, Interviews, 1918-1974 Paul Robeson was a superstar in […]
Modern conspiracy theory and the appeal of fascism and racism for the working class By Bryan Greetham In […]
Cuban culture vigorously celebrates its African-ness by Francisco Dominguez When in 1868, Cuban slave-owner Manuel de Céspedes embarked […]
by Eugene McCartan Image: new Irish Taoiseach Micheál Martin, leader of the Fianna Fail party. SO, AFTER months […]
Ars Notoria is pleased to present the ninth episode in the comic series, Depression, by Dan Pearce