Closing Time At the Royal Oak

Closing Time At the Royal Oak

Pubs. Remember pubs? They’re those fantastic places you can have a sit down and have a drink and see what happens. Secular churches for a community, there is often no better measure of a place than its density and quality of pubs. By this metric, Nottingham is an...
Stanley Middleton: A Centenary

Stanley Middleton: A Centenary

He and NUCoL organised a crowdfunder to erect a plaque outside Stanley’s former home in Sherwood on the centenary. The same day, Beeston’s Shoestring Press publishes the first ever collection of the novelist’s poems, Poetry and Old Age. Crowdfunded copies of...
John Lucas on Stanley Middleton

John Lucas on Stanley Middleton

From the mid-1970s until the year before his death in 2009, Stanley and I wrote to each other with some regularity. A number of his letters, especially ones that accompanied the sending of an inscribed copy of a new book, were scarcely more than notes, others more...