Bruce Arnold

Critic of Public Affairs, writing about art, theatre, music and politics

Ten Years Tasting the Delights of Tuscany

Christie's introduce an Old Master auction with a difference

Christie's, the London fine art auctioneers, have introduced a new kind of Old Master auction bringing together early Flemish and Dutch paintings, Italian Renaissance masterpieces and great works from the 19th century. The first sale under this mixed dispensation takes place on July 7. Read More...

Still celebrating Joyce with relish

The Bloomsday festivities are a fitting tribute to this great writer

Tuesday was an impeccable Bloomsday, the morning weather as fine as we have seen in recent years for this event and it brought out the faithful, the curious and the hungry to feed at Caviston's in Glasthule -- one of the great Dublin food institutions -- as well as at other hostelries around the city. Read More...

I will arise and go back to Sligo

Looking back on 50 years of the Yeats Summer School
I shall be returning to Sligo for the Yeats International Summer School in August. The occasion is the 50th anniversary in a not untroubled history. The Yeats Society was founded in 1958, the year I first visited that part of Ireland and met the agreeable founder of the Yeats International Summer School, Tom Henn. He was the cousin of a Sligo friend and lived in a beautiful house in Co Clare called Paradise. He was then a well-known academic at Cambridge and famous among Yeats lovers for his early work of critical interpretation, The Lonely Tower. Read More...