"Highly lucid and humorous . . . full of bracing poetic moments." [Chapman] "[Calder's] sequence of updatings of Odes by Horace is delightful and clever - and very, very funny. On several occasions I laughed out loud in the reading, and I keep going back and laughing again... The lightness about the whole collection has nothing to do with superficiality and everything to do with delicacy. Make no mistake - there is some elegant writing here and the bardie is no maut-heid." [Helena Nelson, The Dark Horse]  "It is customary, in reviews these days, to find fault with something in the work under scrutiny, just to demonstrate the perceptive insight of the reviewer. I find no weakness in Calder." [Helena Nelson, The Dark Horse]