Christopher Hawtree

the pillowbook of Christopher Hawtree, writer and Green Party councillor for Central Hove


Frank Gehry Soon grew weary When he strove To make a go of it in Hove

From The Bran-Tub: Twenty-Six – Betty Comden

‘ahelluva town!’ The phrase from the song New York, New York in the musical On the Town (1944) is synonymous with Betty Comden, who has died aged 91. She and Adolph Green (obituary, October 26 2002) supplied lyrics and librettos for some of Broadway’s most enduring musicals, and the story and screenplay for films such […]

On Being Asked To Take Up Residence in Downing Street

A site affiliated with the Brighton Digital Festival sent me three questions. These set me thinking, and I have answered them in general and specific terms. IF YOU WERE ELECTED AS PRIME MINISTER IN MAY 2015, WHAT WOULD BE THE FIRST THING YOU WOULD SAY TO THE NATION? “I am speaking to you from Ten […]

Turn, Turn, Turn

Naming things. Obvious as it might sound, this is one of a novelist’s tasks. The success of a novel can be judged by the extent to which it augments the reader’s own senses. Within a few pages of Clay, which is Melissa Harrison’s first novel, one has the delight of knowing that here is somebody […]

Baa Forked Animals

“Sleepest or wakest thou, jolly shepherd? / Thy sheep be in the corn;/ And for one blast of thy minikin mouth / Thy sheep shall take no harm.” So says Edgar, on the Heath, with something of the seemingly nonsensical wisdom which has been the Fool’s stock-in-trade: the King’s subjects are slipping from him but […]

Of Quiche and Men

A good deed never goes rewarded. So, in more cynical moments, life can appear even to those of us who look for the best across the board in the extraordinarily brief span that is human life. That such a thought might be prompted by quiche is but one of the surprises of current, post-modern political […]

On Kyril Bonfiglioli

News that Johnny Depp is to appear in a movie, Mortdecai, reminds me that such an idea had crossed my mind while writing this piece for the Spectator in 1992. As one can see from it, you never know where a leaflet on a mat might lead. Since then, the revival has gathered apace, what […]

In the Tradition of Murder

Pick up many a book and you can be sure that behind it, before the presses had rolled, there were unspoken tales of intrigue, chicanery, backstabbing, long-festered rivalries, murderous thoughts – not to mention double-dealing by the perennial gainsayers in the sales department. Publishing can so easily make politics appear a Zen Buddhist retreat. One […]

In A Flap

The General Election is certainly hotting up. You can tell that is the case when the Chair of the Brighton and Hove Co-Op – a Labour candidate – makes baseless claims about things being strewn upon the ground. No, this has nothing to do with the Bins dispute, its decade-long backstory and consequences. Instead, picture […]

“A Wonderful Imagined Place”: D H Lawrence on Brighton (and Rottingdean)

A recent visit to Rottingdean prompted me not only to recall the sojourn there by Katherine Mansfield in the summer of 1910 but a trip to it, the previous summer, by her future friend D. H. Lawrence who also lodged on the village’s High Street. This letter by him was one of those to a […]

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    Christopher Hawtree is the Green Party Councillor for Central Hove but items are posted here in a personal capacity as an individual.

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