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Interlitq blog to publish regular “Angela Topping Column”

Angela Topping

Interlitq blog is to publish regular “Angela Topping Column”.

Further news to follow.

Angela Topping’s website.

Read Angela Topping’s Wikipedia entry.

Read two poems by Angela Topping in Issue 1 of Interlitq.

Read two poems by Angela Topping in Issue 21 of Interlitq.




Wolf whistling and sexist remarks could become hate crimes in London

Wolf whistling or making sexist remarks on London’s streets could become a hate crime.

The Metropolitan Police revealed it is speaking with other UK forces to assess whether it is worth cracking down on gender-based hate crimes after a pilot scheme was launched in the East Midlands last year.

The trial, led by Nottinghamshire Police, saw sexist incidents like street harassment, verbal abuse and taking photos without consent recorded as hate crimes, carrying tougher penalties for offenders.

 Police chiefs are now considering rolling out the idea elsewhere in the UK, suggesting a harsher stance on everyday sexism could stop it escalating into sexual harassment or assault.

The 100 best novels: No 69 – The Heat of the Day by Elizabeth Bowen (1948)

Elizabeth Bowen: ‘a unique sensitivity to the lives of ordinary English men and women in extremis’. Photograph: Jane Bown/Observe

Robert McCrum writes:

London in the blitz influenced the creative lives of many important English writers, from Graham Greene to Rose Macaulay. But none captured wartime London as memorably as Elizabeth Bowen (1899-1973), an Anglo-Irish writer who first attracted critical attention with a collection of short-stories in 1923.

Like The Death of the Heart, her prewar masterpiece, The Heat of the Day opens in Regent’s Park, on “the first Sunday of September 1942”, with the sinister figure of Harrison, a counterespionage agent posing as an airman, chatting up a woman at an open-air concert. He’s killing time till his evening “date” with Stella Rodney, the novel’s protagonist, an attractive, independent woman “on happy sensuous terms with life” who works for a government agency called XYD and is described as a “camper in rooms of draughty dismantled houses”.

Stella is dispossessed, but she has in her lover Robert, a Dunkirk survivor, someone with whom she can share mutual passion and “the continuous narrative of love”. But even this is in jeopardy. Harrison, who has been watching Robert, advises Stella that her lover is suspected of passing information to the enemy. He offers Stella a bargain: his silence about Robert’s treachery for an impossible price – herself. Once Robert confesses, his love will be doomed.

Peter Robertson’s translation of Gustavo Bossert’s story “HOTEL” published in Interlitq

Gustavo Bossert

Peter Robertson’s translation of Gustavo Bossert’s story “HOTEL” published in Interlitq.

Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s “work has, arguably, endured better than that of her husband”

Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Alison Flood states that Elizabeth Barrett Browning:

“was an extraordinary woman who fiercely opposed the slavery on which her family’s fortune was founded, while struggling with lifelong illness. She was incredibly well-read, though according to her husband and fellow-poet Robert Browning she was “self-taught in almost every respect”, and became the first female poet ever to be considered for poet laureate – though Tennyson was chosen to follow Wordsworth instead. But what about the poems? Her work has, arguably, endured better than that of her husband (“Home Thoughts from Abroad” and its “gaudy melon-flower” excepted).”