Author Archives: Niall McDevitt

About Niall McDevitt

Niall McDevitt > poet > author of b/w (Waterloo Press, 2010) and Porterloo (International Times, 2012) > urban explorer > radical pedestrian who leads Shakespeare/Blake/Rimbaud /Yeats walks, among others.

Ragged Lion Journal // Number One

Ragged Lion Journal // Number One is a new literary journal edited and printed by the indefatigable e.a.d. sellors. One must resist the assumption that it’s already a collector’s item to be filed away on a shelf of literary valuables. … Continue reading

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‘EXPULSIONS’

In a history poem I wrote for Flat Time House’s exhibition THE BARD, I used the loaded word ‘expulsions’. The subject of the poem is the psychopathic Plantagenet king Edward I, notorious for conquering Wales and hammering Scotland. No friend … Continue reading

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‘A Season in Hell’ – Shakespeare

I noticed a little gem when re-reading Richard III. Richard’s hapless brother George, Duke of Clarence, is recounting his nightmare in the tower in a speech from Act 1 Sc 4. It is a mesmeric description of a classical hell: … Continue reading

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BLACKWELL’S POETRY NO 1

I’m honoured to be featured in Blackwell’s Poetry No 1 alongside poets whose work I much admire and under such a distinguished imprint. Editor A.R. Thompson elucidates: “Last year, I was very lucky to have been asked by Blackwell’s to … Continue reading

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A History Sonnet by William Shakespeare

Re-reading Henry V I found myself enjoying the form of the final chorus in Act V. Whereas the previous choruses at the beginning of each act are written in blank verse, the final chorus is an epilogue in rhyme and … Continue reading

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A ‘HYMN’ TO MARLOWE

  After writing a sequence of fourteen prose poems about Christopher Marlowe called ESPIALS, and a masque THE BODY OF THE QUEEN, I thought that that would be the subject exhausted. But a final musical coda came through. I regard … Continue reading

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THE BARD

Opens this Wednesday 6–8.30pm THE BARD WILLIAM BLAKE AT FLAT TIME HOUSE   Opening Wedesday 29 January 6–8.30pm with a reading from William Blake’s Jersualem by poet Chris McCabe   Exhibition continues 30 January–8 March Open Thursday–Sunday 12–6pm   With contributions … Continue reading

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The Fourfold Battersea Power Station

1 Sometimes I find myself in disagreement with Kathleen Raine, but hey! it’s okay for Blakeans to disagree. It’s not like when Marxists disagree. This time I suspect I won’t be the only one who disagrees with the great lady … Continue reading

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A Thank You Letter to My Fellow Blake Walkers

Dear Blake walkers Thank you very much from New River Press and I for joining us on the unprecedented adventure of five different poetopographical William Blake walks on consecutive Sundays in London. It felt a bit like this: All fell … Continue reading

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AUTHORS’ CLUB HALLOWEEN GATHERING

Join us at the National Liberal Club for a literary celebration of the spookiest season. Real-life chills, a modern magus and ghost stories to freeze the blood. Paul Burston relates the personal horror story that inspired his new crime novel, … Continue reading

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