Literature

John Whitworth, 1945–2019

John Whitworth’s poems are as smart and full of fun as a pair of glazed tap shoes. He is a wise and rueful virtuoso.  —Les Murray It was sad and shocking news to read in Lucy Vickery’s Competition page in the May 4 issue of the Spectator that John Whitworth had died on April 20, aged seventy-four, almost in the same week as one of his admirers, our own Les Murray. John Whitworth was a frequent contributor to both Quadrant and the Spectator, where he often featured among the winners of the odd fiver in the literary competition. In fact…

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