Archive for September, 2011

October will be a little late…

September 29, 2011

Apologies, but Snakeskin 180 will not be appearing on the first of the month, as scheduled.

Because of the demands of the editor’s hectic lifestyle, the issue’s appearance has been postponed till Tuesday October 4th.

It’s going to be worth waiting for, mind you.

A Literary Café

September 28, 2011

Could anything be more banal than a chain café?   In this case it’s a Caffè Nero, though you might notice that the surroundings of this branch look a bit distinguished. It has a story.

It’s in St Martin’s Lane, near Trafalgar Square in London, and I’ve passed this café many many times without realising its history.

A century ago, this was the St George’s Cafe, and poets used to meet regularly on an upper floor (the entrance to which was via that side door). It was here that Edward Thomas first met Robert Frost,  with tremendous consequences for both poets. Why isn’t there a blue plaque?

The ornamental building nect door is the Coliseum Theatre, currently the home of English National Opera, but once  dedicated to the glories of spectacle and variety. When very young I saw the pantomime of Cinderella here, with Tommy Steele as Buttons, Yana as Cinders, Jimmy Edwards as the King, and Kenneth Williams and Ted Rogers as Ugly Sisters. Ah, memories, memories…

A Little Holiday

September 1, 2011

For anyone who’s wondering what’s happened to September Snakeskin – I announced last week that we’d be taking a short break this month. Good for all of us, especially me.

The October folder is already filling up with good stuff, so expect a good issue next month.

Meanwhile, if you’re hungry to read some entertaining new verse, try the September edition of Lighten Up Online, which has just been published.