English surrealism

The Surreal Thing

There are subjects I return to again and again for a final word. This is one of them. It started, as so many things do, with art. Magritte and Duchamp, Buñuel and Dali, ‘Un Chien Andalou’ and ‘L’Age D’Or’ and ‘Dr Caligari’. Many critics wrote off Salvador Domingo Felipe Jacinto Dalí i Domènech because of his […]

The English Taste For Nonsense

I have before now dipped a toe into writing surrealist comedy – actually my first attempt at a book, ‘Letters From Home’ (unpublished) was created from a series of radio sketches I used to write, and had a distinctly surrealist flavour. Set in 1915, it mismatched two batches of letters going back and forth between […]