A Crisis of Brilliance is currently on show at Dulwich Picture Gallery (until September 2013) and looks at the work of six artists who studied together at the Slade and were just setting out on their careers when the Great War changed everything. There’s a beautiful and provocative catalogue, with essays by the exhibition’s curator David Boyd Haycock, art historian Frances Spalding, and my own essay ‘We are making a new world: Art, Youth, and War’.

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I chose William Cowper as ‘My Hero’ in the Guardian, 2 February 2013.

In my view we should hear a lot more about this great poet of nature, faith, and homeliness. It’s well worth a visit to his house at Olney, where you can see Cowper’s summerhouse and stockings as well as the fabled sofa that prompted his poem The Task.