Primary sources The Week-end Review, nos. 1-200 (1930 to 1934)
New Statesman and Nation, 1931-1940

Competition anthologies

The ‘Week-end’ Calendar (1932) edited by Gerald Barry, London: Geoffrey Bles
This (see ‘Origins’) was originally intended to be an anthology of winning competiton entries, but Barry expanded it to include articles and other material from The Week-end Review

New Statesman Competitions (1946) edited by G.W.Stonier, London: Faber and Faber.
This has a cod-introduction by the prolific competitor Allan M.Laing. Stonier was at this time literary editor of New Statesman.

New Statesman Competitions (1955) edited by Arthur Marshall, London: Turnstile Press
Marshall was by this time a regular contributor to New Statesman. Turnstile Press was the (unsuccessful) publishing arm of the magazine. Much thought has gone into the title! Marshall wrote the foreword.

Salome Dear, Not In The Fridge! (1968) edited by Arthur Marshall, London: Allen & Unwin
This is the first anthology to introduce annual ‘honours boards’, and covers the years 1955 to 1967. Marshall wrote the foreword.

Never Rub Bottoms With A Porcupine! (1979) edited by Arthur Marshall, London: Allen & Unwin. Marshall once again wrote a foreword.

Never Rub

(A selection from the above two was published as Salome Dear, Not With A Porcupine! by Unwin paperbacks in 1982.)

An Owl In A Sack Troubles No Man (1988) edited by Ms De Meaner and Tom Foolery. This had a foreword by me, and was given away with the Christmas edition 1988 of the magazine. Ms De Meaner and Tom Foolery were Vicky Hutchings and Jolyon Jenkins.

Blairway To Heaven (1994) edited by Ms de Meaner, foreword by the then editor, Steve Platt, and given away with the Christmas 1994 edition of the magazine. This also includes items from ‘This England’, some light-hearted articles e.g. by Sean French and Mat Coward from ‘the back half’, and some satirical poems by Roger Woddis, and one by me.

Anthologies/collections of satirical poetry by New Statesman poets

One Over The 80s (1994) by Roger Woddis, London: Perseverance Press.
This is a posthumous collection of his NS poetry from 1982 to 1992, published together with poems from 26 other poets.

God’s Worried (1982) by Roger Woddis, London: New Statesman
This is a collection of his NS poems from 1970 to 1982

The Woddis Collection (1978) by Roger Woddis, London: Barrie & Jenkins
More NS poems, but some from Punch too. I can’t see an overlap. It’s dedicated to his children, Naomi and Mark. The pseudonym he used in New Statesman competitions was Naomi Marks.

Funny Old World (1991) by Roger Woddis with illustrations by Steve Bell, London: Methuen
NS poems from 1988 to 1991, so some overlap with One Over The 80s (but not much).

Funny Old World

Og and other Ogres (1946) by Reginald Reynolds with drawings by Quentin Crisp, Leicester: Blackfriars Press
About half the poems are from New Statesman, the others from a variety of magazines, and with a really cheese-paring introduction from Laurence Housman (‘In all these, though excellent in their kind, there is little that one can class as poetry …’)

Sagittarius Rhyming (1940) by Sagittarius (Olga Katzin), London: Jonathan Cape
Most poems are from New Statesman, but a few are from Time and Tide (where her pseudonym was ‘Fiddlestick’)

London Watches (1942) by Sagittarius (Olga Katzin), London: Jonathan Cape
There is no specific acknowledgment to any previous publication, so I think these are not from the NS

Targets (1943)  by Sagittarius (Olga Katzin), London: Jonathan Cape
Half the poems are from New Statesman; half are are from Time and Tide

Quiver’s Choice (1945)  by Sagittarius (Olga Katzin), London: Jonathan Cape
These are from the New Statesman, but also Time and Tide as ‘Fiddlestick’ and Tribune as ‘Roger Service’

Let Cowards Flinch (1947) by Sagittarius (Olga Katzin), illustrations by Vicky, London: Turnstile Press
This is one long poem, published by New Statesman‘s press, but not in the magazine.

Let Cowards

Pipes of Peace (1949) by Sagittarius (Olga Katzin), London: Jonathan Cape

Up The Poll! The Sap’s Guide To The General Election (1950) by Sagittarius (Olga Katzin), illustrations by Vicky, London: Turnstile Press
The poems here are by the New Statesman poet, and the book is published by its publishing company, but the poems didn’t appear in New Statesman originally. ‘Vicky’ was at the time the cartoonist fot the News Chronicle.

Up The Poll

Tony Blair Reminds Me Of A Budgie (1996) by Bill Greenwell, Exeter: Entire Photo Here
Poems from New Statesman 1994-1996
You can click on the link to read all the poems in this book, and two online-only selections of New Statesman poems, Labour Pangs and Make Mine A Double

Background material, including biographical material

Father Figures ([1966] 1969) by Kingsley Martin, Harmondsworth: Penguin
This is the first volume of the second NS editor’s autobiography, covering 1897-1931. It has an epigraph taken from a
Sagittarius poem.

Editor ([1968] 1969) by Kingsley Martin, Harmondsworth: Penguin
This is the second volume, and reaches 1945. Martin had made notes for a third volume, but died suddenly in 1969.

Further Particulars (1987) by C.H.Rolph, Oxford: Oxford University Press
Rolph (real name C.R.Hewitt) was on New Statesman‘s staff from 1946, but had written for the magazine before then – in fact, while he’d been a police inspector. He is generally much clearer on events at the magazine than either Martin or Hyams. This is the second instalment of his autobiography.Kingsley_0001

Kingsley: the life letters and diaries of Kingsley Martin (1973) by C.H.Rolph, London: Gollancz.
Revealing and authoritative biography of Martin, with access to all Martin’s papers.

The New Statesman: The History Of The First Fifty Years (1963) by Edward Hyams, London: Longman’s.
Sometimes confused and arch account of the first fifty years, commissioned by the NS.

New Statesmanship (1963) ed. Edward Hyams, London: Longman’s.
Companion anthology to the history above.

The New Statesman: Portrait of a Political Weekly 1913-1931 (1996) by Adrian Smith (London: Frank Cass)
Highly readable and informative account of the Sharp editorial years, particularly good on the role of JC Squire

Reg and Ethel (1992) by Robert Huxter, York: Sessions Book Trust
Biography of Reginald Reynolds and his wife Ethel Mannin – containing a number of Reynolds’ 156 New Statesman satirical poems.

Reg & Ethel


Second Impressions (1933) by T. Earle Welby (‘Stet’), London: Methuen
The introduction to this posthumous collection, by Edward Shanks, is biographical.

Humbert Wolfe: A Modern English Heine  Henry W. Wells The Sewanee Review  Vol. 49, No. 4 (Oct. – Dec., 1941), pp. 505-518  The Johns Hopkins University

Selected books by judges/setters

The Pleasures of Ignorance (1921) by Robert Lynd, London: Grant Richards, republished by Dodo Press

The Book of Fleet Street (1930) ed. T. Michael Pope, London: Cassell

Parody/ light verse anthologies or collections which include New Statesman winning entries or contributions by entrants
[Please suggest any not listed]

The Westminster Problems Book (1908) ed. Naomi Royde-Smith, London: Methuen, republished 2012 by Forgotten Books
This is a selection of competition entries from the Saturday Westminster Gazette from 1904-1907, and its winners include Rupert Brooke, A.A. Milne and Walter de la Mare (indexed under ‘M’), as well as a WR judge, Frank Sidgwick, and indeed a WR competitor, W. Hodgson Burnet. Its editor was also a judge in both the the WR and NS incarnations of the competitions. Thank you to George Simmers for bringing this to my notice.

The Second Problems Book (1909) (which you can read online here), ed. Naomi Royde-Smith, London: Sidgwick and Jackson, which is a further selection from 1908-1909 Saturday Westminster Gazette competitions. W. Hodgson Burnet makes a further appearance, as do G.K. Chesterton and Rose Macaulay (‘E.R.Macaulay’ – her first name was Emilie). Sidgwick also recurs, but then, he was the publisher (Sidgwick and Jackson)!

Bank Holiday in Parnassus (1941) by Allan M. Laing, London: Allen & Unwin
Positively the only collection ever published that consists entirely of one competitor’s winning New Statesman entries

Brand X Poetry (1981) ed. William Zaranka, London: Picador

Taking Off (1984) ed. Tim Dowley, London: Methuen

The Faber Book of Parodies (1984) ed. Simon Brett, London: Faber

The Oxford Guide to Word Games (1984) by Tony Augarde, Oxford: Oxford University Press. (There are later editions.)

The Penguin Book of Limericks (1986) ed. E.O. Parrott, London: Viking (paperback is Penguin)

Imitations of Immortality (1987) ed. E.O. Parrott, London: Viking (paperback is Penguin)

Unauthorised versions: poems and their parodies (1990) ed. Kenneth Baker, London: Faber

Spoof: poems and parodies (2004) by Bill Greenwell, Exeter: Entire Photo Here

The Oxford Book of Parodies ed.John Gross, Oxford: Oxford University Press

Other parody anthologies or collections

A Christmas Garland (1912) ed. (‘woven by’) Max Beerbohm, London: Heinemann

Apes and Parrots: an anthology of parodies (1928) ed. J.C.Squire, London: Hubert Jenkins

All About Women: essays and parodies (1931) by Gerald Gould, London: Methuen
Gould – a mainstay of The Week-end Review – produces parodies of type rather than of specific authors

Between Bush and Blair: a post-war sewer of English verse (2010) by Nigel Stuart, published online here

What You Didn’t Miss: A book of literary parodies (2012) by D.J.Taylor, London: Constable
These parodies originally appeared in Private Eye