Private Eye said of Stephen Spender that he wasn’t so much famous as that he knew a lot of famous people. They might have said the same of John Hayward. His editorial and scholarly work notwithstanding, it’s doubtful that a biography of him would have been written had it not been for his close friendship with the premier poet of the twentieth century, T.S. Eliot. ... (read more)
Steven Carroll has spent time working as a teacher, musician, playwright, theatre critic, lecturer, and writer. He is the author of eight novels, including The Art of the Engine Driver and The Gift of Speed, which were both shortlisted for the Miles Franklin Award; and The Time We Have Taken (2008), which won the Award in 2008.