Sheep – Michael Mackmin

If I invert Sir Philip Sidney’s famous maxim (‘to teach and to delight’) I get a statement, of sorts, that the key to learning to be a reader of poetry is in the ability to learn and to be delighted. And here’s something that will help tune you...

A day at the poetry

The Cley Little Festival of Poetry, in my experience, circles around the village of Cley but doesn’t settle there, ranging between Sheringham and Wiveton along the coast road. They very generously invite me to suggest themes, poets etc., from time to time and...

Riding the Line

I was moved to write this piece after reading a Robert Penn article in this month’s Cycling Plus where he argues that poetic thinking and cycling are incompatible, and quotes Diane Ackerman: “When I go biking… the world is breaking someone else’s heart”. It’s a strong...

Education in poetry

This is the first of what will hopefully become an ongoing series of guest blogs featuring regularly on The Rialto website. Education in poetry During the day, when I’m not writing, you can find me running an antiquarian bookshop in North London, surrounded by...

Cley Little Festival of Poetry 2011

Michael Mackmin, Hannah Lowe and Jack Underwood at the Cley Little Festival of Poetry on 28th May 2011. The full programme is as follows: 10.30am – 11.30/12.00am Closely Shared British Columbia Hall | Admission £5.00 Michael Mackmin, poet and Editor of Rialto, plus...

London Launch

There is a London launch of Hannah Lowe’s The Hitcher on April 1st at 7.30. This is Upstairs at the Kings Cross Social Club, 2 Britannia Street WC1X 9JE, and not at The Lamb as originally announced. Lorraine Mariner will be making a Special Guest Appearance. All...

Hannah Lowe – The Hitcher

We have just received back the rather lovely printed Pamphlet of Hannah Lowe’s work. It is now available to order via Paypal, The pamphlet will be launched on April 1st, details will follow shortly. Hannah Lowe’s poems are hugely enjoyable, full of life as it is...

March 9th 2011 – AN APOLOGY

Dear Subscriber, We have had a serious computer glitch at The Rialto. This means that: Some of you haven’t yet received copies of No 71. We are finding out who you are and will send copies as soon as possible. Subscription Renewal notices were sent out in some...

Festival of nature writing

There was an event in North Norfolk last weekend of such significance that I’m unsure whether to write about it or stay silent. You know how it is when you stumble down a track, a path that’s barely marked, into a small valley, a bay where the apples and...

Gresham’s Festival of Nature Writing

Our own Michael Mackmin and Peter Sansom of The Poetry Business and The North will be leading a poetry writing workshop at Gresham’s Festival of Nature Writing from 17th February to 19th February, 2011 at the Auden Theatre, Gresham’s School, Holt Festival...