26 recommends

From a killer snail to healing poetry, here’s a taste of what our members have been enjoying this month.

I loved the exhibition Venom: Killer and Cure at the Natural History Museum. From the man who willingly pushes his body with deliberate exposure to snakebites to the cutely-named but terrifying ‘magical cone snail’, it’s utterly fascinating. I’ve been reading The Debutante & Other Stories by Leonora Carrington, which has flipped my idea of short stories on its head. Surreal, chaotic and beautifully deranged.

Kirsten Irving

 

I’ve been reading 26 member Roger N. Morris’s latest, The Red Hand of Fury. It’s the fourth in a series about a detective called Silas Quinn and it’s rip-roaring stuff if you like a detective yarn with guts. Set just before the First World War, it’s a tale of madness and manipulation that keeps the pages turning. He’s created a very detailed world, with an extract parodying an H.G. Wells style sci-fi novel.

Also been enjoying an album by an artist called GwennoLe Kov is written and sung in Cornish dialect. I heard it on the Verb on Radio 3. It was part of the  W.S Graham programme, which is well worth a listen on iPlayer, available for a couple of weeks.

Ed Pritchard

 

This month I’ve very much enjoyed The Poetry Pharmacy: Tried-and-True Prescriptions for the Heart, Mind and Soul; by William Sieghart.  As William says in his opening words, ‘You don’t need to be a poet to find solace in poetry’.   A beautifully produced little book.  Dosage: ‘Read one-a-day or as many as required to make you feel better’. I popped them like candy and felt absolutely great!

Faye Sharpe
 

My favourite things this month?

  • Isle of Dogs. Another charming film from the wonderful Wes Anderson.
  • Our very own John Simmons on BBC Radio 4’s Saturday Live talking about the story behind his novel Spanish Crossings. Catch it here if you missed it.
  • Sony World Photography Awards. I can’t wait to see this exhibition at Somerset House. Get a sneak peek visual treat

Laura Hunter

Latest 26 images

Disused pub in Hoxton by Andy York
Photo by Lucy Beevor
Image by Tony Linkson
Found on the island of Giglio, Italy by Chris Bird.
26 Screenshot by Lara Muth
I live at number 26, and this is my bin!  Rebecca Thomas
Captured in Venice by Elen Lewis
26-jane
Distance markers on a disused railway in East Sussex. The Cuckoo Line.  By Tony Linkson
Distance markers on a disused railway in East Sussex. The Cuckoo Line.  By Tony Linkson
Distance markers on a disused railway in East Sussex. The Cuckoo Line.  By Tony Linkson
Spotted by Marin Lee at the Serpentine in Hyde Park
Spotted in Copenhagen by Helen MacKinven.
Spotted on the airfield of Tivat airport in Montenegro by Martin Lee
I took this picture in a fabulous vegan and raw food restaurant in Turin - Ezri Carlebach
Spotted in Capri by Laura Hunter
Woods near Jouqueviel, Midi-Pyrenees, 10 minutes after I had told my walking group about 26. They gave me a funny look. By David Mathews
Image by Ed Pritchard
Image by Lydia Thornley in Krakow
Spotted in Belfast by Jonathan Holt
From Christmas travels in Krakow by Lydia Thornley
Night time lamp from Christmas travels in Krakow by  Lydia Thornley
Daytime lamp from Christmas travels in Krakow by  Lydia Thornley