Wales at War

Wales at War
Tony Curtis
Great literature and art have been an unintended consequence of war. The writings and images of those caught up in conflict or reflecting on its experience are embedded in our national consciousness. Wales has played its part in British battles over the past century, and in Wales at War its finest critics consider how, amidst the turmoil and trauma, creativity has flourished.From the trenches of the First World War came Wilfred Owen, Hedd Wyn, Edward Thomas, Robert Graves and David Jones. The ideological battles of the 1930s tested consciences and saw writers develop an overtly political message, particularly in support of the anti-fascist struggle in Spain. Dylan Thomas wrote propaganda and some of his finest poetry in response to war, while his contemporary Alun Lewis is celebrated as one of Britain’s finest writers, despite his early death in Burma. Away from the fighting, novelists like Lily Tobias, Siân James and Stevie Davies have written of life on the home front and the impact of war on the lives of those left behind. In the visual arts, conflict has informed the work of Augustus John, David Jones, John Piper, Ceri Richards, John Petts, Brenda Chamberlain and others.Editor Tony Curtis (poet and a respected art critic) has brought together experts whose subtle and accessible essays extend further our appreciation of what continues to be a mainstay of our literary and artistic canon.Contributors: Professor Jeremy Hooker, Dr Duncan Campbell, Eric Rowan, Cary Archard  Dr James A. Davies , Dr Katie Gramich, Professor M. Wynn Thomas

Slanderous Tongues

Slanderous Tongues, Daniel Williams
Daniel Williams
'This is an unmistakably important book, and its publication will become a significamt landmark moment in the history of Welsh poetry in English.' -- New Welsh ReviewSlanderous Tongues addresses a shameful gap in Welsh literary studies: English language poetry over the last forty years. This is a book which for the first time looks at that subject in the round, and in its many diversities. It is distinctive too for being the work of younger critics, who bring a fresh perspective to the subject.Slanderous Tongues adopts a thematic approach, exploring the field through the prisms of politics, nationhood, gender, the environment, external influences (particularly Welsh language, American and Irish), experimentation in form and language. Among the many poets whose work is considered are RS Thomas, Dannie Abse, Nigel Jenkins, Mike Jenkins, Gillian Clarke, Sheenagh Pugh, Robert Minhinnick, Tony Conran, Ruth Bidgood, Tony Curtis, Hilary Llewellyn-Williams, Deryn Rees-Jones, Gwyneth Lewis, Menna Elfyn, Patience Agbabi, Evan Boland and Medbh McGuckian.Lively and informed, provocative and perceptive, this specially commissioned book is a superb guide to English language poetry in Wales It will be invaluable for students and their teachers and lecturers, in addition to the engaged general reader. The essayists include: Matthew Jarvis, Tudor Hallam, Nerys Williams, Jo Furber, Jasmine Donahaye, Hywel Dix, Nicholas Jones and the editor, Daniel Williams. 

Dannie Abse: A Sourcebook

dannie abse: a sourcebook
Cary Archard
Dannie Abse, whose career as a poet spans sixty years, has made a huge contribution to the literature and literary life of Wales and to writing in English. This Sourcebook is an essential companion to the poetry, prose, drama and critical writings of a major poet. Cary Archard has edited and written about Abse’s work for over twenty years and collects here a marvellous representative selection of Abse’s own writings, together with comment on and critical responses to his work, which illuminates Abse’s achievements for both students and general readers.Dannie Abse: A Sourcebook includes: a biographical and critical introduction; a selection of Abse’s criticism, autobiography and fiction; interviews with Abse; reviews of Abse’s poetry over sixty years; essays on Abse’s poetry, some specially commissioned; a bibliography; index 

Dylan Thomas: A Farm, Two Mansions and a Bungalow

David N. Thomas
Drawing on new research and interviews with people who knew Dylan Thomas during his stay in Cardiganshire, David Thomas has uncovered exciting new material which will surprise Dylan fans and scholars alike. The Majoda shooting, the setting of Under Milk Wood, Thomas’s literary connections, the claims that he spied for British Intelligence in Iran will all have to be revised as David THomas reveals new information about the man and his work. The text is illustrated with photographs - most previously unseen - of the influential circle of friends Thomas had in Cardiganshire, and the surroundings which were of crucial importance to his writing then and afterwards.

The Art of Derek Walcott

The Art of Derek Walcott, Stewart Brown
Stewart Brown
Derek Walcott is a poet of international stature: his work appeals to both academic and popular audiences and is read throughout the world. Immensely talented as a poet, he is also a fine dramatist, a thoughtful essayist and gifted painter. Walcott’s career coincides with the growth of an independent artistic culture in his native Caribbean, the shrugging off of colonial attitudes and the establishing of an indigenous identity. Much of his poetry and drama reflects this struggle, indeed has led the debate and shaped the development of a Caribbean culture. As his reputation reaches new heights with the publication of Omeros this book provides a timely and stimulating review of Walcott’s achievements as poet, playwright, cultural commentator and artist. It draws together critics from the Caribbean, Britain, America and Africa, representing the cultural divide across which Walcott writes, to produce a fascinating account of his work.

How Poets Work

Tony Curtis
How Poets Work is a fascinating review of the creative process which will interest all those who study, write or want to write poetry. Nine poets from the UK and America describe how their poetry comes into being. From ideas, single words, lines which are suddenly given, poems develop in both the personal situation of the writer anda wider social context. Each poet supplements their essay with the drafts of one of their significant or popular poems, providing unmatchable creative commentary. Editor Tony Curtis adds a general essay on ’The Life of the Poem’, exploring the many things a poem can be and the many forms it can take.

The Democratic Genre: Fan Fiction in a Literary Context

democratic genre
Sheenagh Pugh
Fanfic is the fastest-growing form of writing in the world. Working in ‘fandoms’ anonymous authors bring their own gloss and invention to novels, films and tv series, developing characters, expanding narratives and, in the ‘slash’ genre, boldly going where the conventional genre writers fear to tread in relationships.In ’The Democratic Genre’ poet Sheenagh Pugh explores fandoms as diverse as Jane Austen, Blake’s 7 and The Bill. She discusses fanfic terminology, its mechanisms for participation and support, the differences with conventional publishing and, for the first time, the literary standing of the writing.Fanfic is now an established cultural phenomenon - this book is its essential guide.  

Dylan Remembered - Volume Two: 1935 - 1953

David N. Thomas
This second volume culled from the Colin Edwards Archive of interviews with Dylan Thomas’ family, friends and colleagues made during the 1960s covers Thomas’ ‘adult’ life from his move, aged 20, to London to become a professional writer to his death in New York 51 years ago. It is a story which we think we know, but the archive sheds new – often contradictory – light on a life which has been much mythologised.Here are first hand accounts of the young Thomas in the pubs of Fitzrovia with other writers and artists; of his trips to central Europe and the Middle East, and to America. Here too is Thomas the rising literary star; the broadcaster, the filmwriter, the dramatist, the balancer of commissions and creativity. This is also the period of Thomas in love; in marriage, and in love again; and of Thomas balancing the books and making his way as best he could.Throughout there is fascinating new material in the interviews, on which editor David N. Thomas bases new critical essays on Thomas and painters; on the women behind Polly Garter; the gestation of Thomas’ masterpiece Under Milk Wood; and, most rivetingly of all, on the circumstances of Thomas’ death in New York

David Jones: The Maker Unmade

David Jones The Maker Unmade, Jonathan Miles & Derek Shiel
Jonathan Miles
New edition. David Jones, the greatest painter-poet since Blake, was celebrated and revered by the most renowned of his contemporaries. Since his death in 1974, a growing circle of enthusiasts has valued his work for its scope and complexity. For the centenary of his birth, this much awaited major critical study introduces Jones’s visual achievement to a new and larger public. Jonathan Miles and Derek Shiel have uncovered a vast amount of hitherto unseen material – sketches, watercolours, carvings, engravings, inscriptions and ephemera – and place Jones, not only in the context of twentieth century British art, but also in relation to continental movements. Their magnificent study considers all aspects of his visual work in the light of his experience as a soldier, his conversion to Catholicism, his Classical and Celtic researches, and places these against his growing cultural disaffection and the submerged drama of his life.