Richard Benson

Month: August, 2014

The Boy Who Fell Into A Book, and The Small Pleasures of Generous Leg-room in Theatres

Laura and I take the children and my mother to see a matinee of Alan Ayckbourn’s children’s musical, The Boy Who Fell Into A Book at the Stephen Joseph Theatre in Scarborough. I fear it will be too old-fashioned for the girls, with its references to boys who love cake, chess and Kidnapped. Rare in […]

The Laurin. M. memorial toilet

Roger Bucklesby and his bench may have turned out to be a semi-hoax, but this commemoration, which I came across today, is entirely genuine. The small plaque adorns a wall of the customer toilets in Scarborough’s celebrated Harbour BarĀ ice cream parlour. I was curious about it because the toilet is in its own way stunning, […]

The Valley has been shortlisted for the 2014 Gordon Burn prize

The Valley is one of the six books shortlisted for the second annual Gordon Burn Prize. This is extremely flattering because of the obvious quality of the other books on the list, and because I’ve been reading Gordon Burn’s writing since I was a teenager. I first came across him when he was writing for […]