Zoe Heller on Nancy Mitford
The author of Notes on a Scandal and The Believers tells Ian why Nancy Mitford has been unfairly branded a cold-hearted snob, when in fact her novels should be recognised as works of comic genius.
The Believers is out now from Penguin.
As part of the BBC’s ongoing Poetry Season, Forward Prize-winner Daljit Nagra presents the first in a brand new series of The Verb’s Poetry Lab, in which aspiring poets put their burning questions about their art to a celebrated practitioner. This week: what makes a good opening line?BBC Poetry Season Website
Novelist Joseph Smith presents a moving new short story, I Am A Neat Boy, about an ageing alcoholic who makes one last desperate grab at a chance of happiness.
The experimental American poet talks to Ian about Language Poetry and the runaway success of his poetry blog on a rare visit to the UK.Ron Silliman's Website
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The Verb, words and performance with poet Ian McMillan : language at its most creative interviews,…