The Chosen Ground

Chosen ground
Neil Corcoran
For more than twenty years poetry from Northern Ireland has been amongst the most exciting in Britain. Beginning with Seamus Heaney a wave of young poets has explored the political and social situation there in invigorating and inventive style.The Chosen Ground explores this poetry, and in particular the dual Irish and British context which lies at its heart. How does this hybrid heritage influence poets like Mahon, Muldoon and Montague? Is the term ’Irish Poet’ a valid one? What does Michael Longley mean by the often recurring word ’home’? How does Heaney’s term ’place and displacement’ apply to his own work? Is Paulin’s development of cultural analysis in poetry an effective response?This book offers new readings of poetry from Northern Ireland. It looks, also, beyond the accepted literary-historical context for further, illuminating entries into the poetry, from the classicism of Ovid to the theories of postmodernism.
£8.95

The Art of Seamus Heaney

Tony Curtis
Seamus Heaney is the foremost Irish poet since Yeats and one of the most popular poets writing in English today. The poetry and criticism of the Nobel Prize Winner are of indisputable importance to contemporary literature.This fourth edition of The Art of Seamus Heaney adds new essays on Heaney’s most recent books by critics, Tim Kendall, John Goodby and Helen Phillips, to those by Helen Vendler, Douglas Dunn, Edna Longley, Anne Stevenson, Bernard O’Donoghue, Philip Hobsbaum and Ciaran Carson among others. The book also features the facsimiles of the drafts of ’North’ - one of Heaney’s most important early poems - which allow the reader to follow its development.
£12.95

The Art of Kamau Brathwaite

Stewart Brown
Kamau Brathwaite is arguably the most original poet yet to emerge from the Caribbean; in terms of his technical experimentation with form and language and the sheer scale and ambition of his work he is certainly the most adventurous. Author of over a dozen collections of poetry, several works of cultural criticism, plays for schools, and a standard volume of Caribbean history, and for many years editor of ’Bim’ and ’Savacou’, his position in Caribbean culture is of enormous importance. As a leading apologist for the Caribbean Artists Movement he is recognised as an influential thinker on areas such as pan-Caribbean sensibility and alternatives to colonial/neo-colonial cultural models.The Art of Kamau Brathwaite is the first full length study of Brathwaite’s work and thinking. It addresses his poetry and other written work and explores the three inter-connected concerns which have shaped his consciousness: Africa, jazz and the use of West Indian language in poetry.  The essayists are all specialists from both the Caribbean and Britain and north America, and Brathwaite himself provides an interview and a major work in his ’Metaphors of Underdevelopment: A Proem for Hernan Cortez’.
£9.95

The Art of Edward Thomas

art of edward thomas
Jonathan Barker
 In his lifetime, Edward Thomas was known as a critic, essayist and author of numerous prose books. But today he is most valued for the 144 poems - some of the most memorable of our century - written in just two years, shortly before Thomas’s death at Arras in 1917 aged thirty-nine.Increasingly Thomas has come to be seen as a figure of major importance, central to the development of modern British poetry. His poems express a complex, questioning, modern sensibility while remaining alive to the beauties of the world. They are simultaneously understated and revolutionary in form and rhythm and have exerted a quiet yet incisive influence on many poets of our day.Thomas’s poems, always popular with readers but for long undervalued by critics of poetry, have, over the past decade, attracted an increasing amount of critical attention. This book consists of nine new essays by leading poets and critics, and provides a varied contemporary view of Thomas as poet, prose-writer, critic and anthologist, making possible a re-evaluation on the seventieth anniversary of his death. The editor has included an Introduction tracing the course of Thomas studies, a Chronology of his life and a Bibliography of books by and on Thomas.This volume provides both an introduction to Edward Thomas for new readers and also an up-to-date picture of Thomas today for the student of literature.
£9.95

Raymond Williams

Raymond williams
Tony Pinkney
In stock in hardback. Select the format using the tab at the top of the page to add to basket. Raymond Williams (1921-1988) was one of the most original and influential thinkers of the post-war period. Many know him for his work on mass culture and his left-wing literary criticism, yet he is also the author of six novels, set in his native Welsh border country. This area was central to all of Williams’ work and it seems liekly that his novels meant more to him than his other writing.This is the first critical study of the novels: Border Country, Second Generation, The Fight for Manod, The Volunteers, Loyalties and People of the Black Mountains. In it Tony Pinkney sees the novels as the battleground of political and cultural forces, particularly modernism, realism and postmodernism. In these books, he contends, Williams found a way to dramatise the pressures which society bears upon us, and the ways in which we might alter that society. His close reading of the novels is an invaluable guide to them, and to their author.
£11.95

Radio Scriptwriting

radio scriptwriting
Sam Boardman-Jacobs, Editor
Radio has given all of us some great moments of drama, moments so engaging that we have escaped from our own world into another, and forgotten, too, that the broadcast world is underlain by finely-tuned writing. ’Radio Scriptwriting’ reminds us of the skills, the issues, the invention, the teamwork and the individual brilliance required to produce a memorable broadcast. From individual plays, short and long, through adaptations of novels, to series like The Archers, these essays take the reader behind the scenes and reveal the mechanics of producing the finished script from which the production team can make good radio.The distinguished contributors write from the viewpoint of either writer or producer - allowing the reader to make some interesting comparisons - to give their strongly-held and passionately-argued views on what makes a good radio script.
£7.95

Paul Muldoon

Paul Muldoon
Tim Kendall
Paul Muldoon is firmly established as among the most challenging of contemporary poets. His work ranges from explorations of his native Ulster, and his life there, to more esoteric subjects such as the discovery of America by a medieval Welsh prince, and the work of creators and philosophers from Auden to Spinoza.Personal and public, complex and probing, surprising and attractive, Muldoon’s poetry is a microcosm of the concerns of contemporary literature. In this, the first book on Muldoon, Tim Kendall explores his life and writing from his student volume to his present work as a lecturer at Princeton.He devotes a chapter to each of Muldoon’s books, placing it in the context of his life, writing in Ireland and contemporary poetry. In the course of this tour of the Muldoon canon Kendall offers an accessible and distinguished reading of the work, supplemented by a chapter of biography. The resulting study is an indispensable guide to one of the most exciting figures in world poetry.
£9.95

Paul Muldoon

Paul Muldoon
Tim Kendall
Paul Muldoon is firmly established as among the most challenging of contemporary poets. His work ranges from explorations of his native Ulster, and his life there, to more esoteric subjects such as the discovery of America by a medieval Welsh prince, and the work of creators and philosophers from Auden to Spinoza.Personal and public, complex and probing, surprising and attractive, Muldoon’s poetry is a microcosm of the concerns of contemporary literature. In this, the first book on Muldoon, Tim Kendall explores his life and writing from his student volume to his present work as a lecturer at Princeton.He devotes a chapter to each of Muldoon’s books, placing it in the context of his life, writing in Ireland and contemporary poetry. In the course of this tour of the Muldoon canon Kendall offers an accessible and distinguished reading of the work, supplemented by a chapter of biography. The resulting study is an indispensable guide to one of the most exciting figures in world poetry.
£19.95