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Picture Welsh Poets, Stuart Smith
Stuart Smith
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<p>From the Introduction: &quot;It was whilst studying photography in America that I became interested in uniting image and text. I would write about photographs I had taken, and add other information, related and tangential. This idea developed when I began to ask the subjects of my photographs to write a statement or comment about...
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Three Plays by Charles Way
Charles Way
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<p>&rsquo;Dead Man&rsquo;s Hat&rsquo; explores the myths of the Old American West, with many an acknowledgement to films like Shane and High Plains Drifter. A compelling stranger arrives at a remote homestead. Seventeen year-old Anne is ready to fall under his spell. Her mother, Kate, remains suspicious but she is desperate for...
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Samuel Sebastian Wesley
Donald Hunt
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<p>Samuel Sebastian Wesley (1810-1876) is one of the most influential figures in English Cathedral Music. In rewriting the settings of the Canticles he revived devotion to that part of the service; he is also the author of many memorable anthems. Beyond composition, his influence was extended through controversial reforming pamphlets on the...
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Wilfred Owen, Merryn Williams
Merryn Williams
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<div>Wilfred Owen (1893-1918) is now generally accepted to be the finest poet of the First World War, whose writing helped to define the term &#39;War Poet&#39;. Although he is widely studied, and has been the subject of a number of biographies and critical books, Owen, the man and the writer, has still to stand completely revealed....
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watching the fire eater
Robert Minhinnick
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<p><strong>Wales Book of the Year Winner, 1993</strong><br />&nbsp;</p><p>From Copacabana to urban Yorkshire, from New Mexico to a Welsh funfair, from The Netherlands to the Clare coast, Robert Minhinnick&rsquo;s world is a shrinking one. Its cast of characters includes Rio beach beggars, Madison Avenue...
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Stewart Brown
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<p>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...
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Henry vaughan
Stevie Davies
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<p>There is no portrait of Metaphysical poet Henry Vaughan (1621-95), and little documentation of his life. However, at the tercentenary of his death his writing remains as influential as ever and the writer continues to fascinate.<br /><br />Stevie Davies uses her skills as a novelist and critic to bring to life her now distant...
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Edith Pargeter: Ellis Peters
Margaret Lewis
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<p>Ellis Peters is famous throughout the world as the author of the Chronicles of Brother Cadfael, featuring her monastic medieval sleuth. Televised, adapted for radio, transformed in to talking books, the Cadfael novels have played a major role in turning crime writing into a literary genre. But there is more to Peters than her twenty...
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Edward elgar
John Allison
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<p>.<br /><br />Edward Elgar was for many years the most popular composer in Britain; his music was, and remains, inextricably linked with the final, glorious years of the Empire. Yet Elgar himself was almost entirely untypical of the British Establishment. Born a shopkeeper&rsquo;s son, part of an active Catholic family and...
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Intermittent journals dannie abse
Dannie Abse
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<p>&#39;More, please Dannie&#39; said <em>The Sunday Times</em> on the publication of <em>Journals from the Ant-Heap</em> in 1986. <em>Intermittent Journals</em> answers that call, bringing back into print that book and adding to it &rsquo;Notes Mainly from the Clinic&rsquo; (1981),...
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Dennis potter
Peter Stead
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<p>Dennis Potter is the most gifted and influential playwright in television history. Millions of people have been fascinated by his novels, plays, adaptations and films. Brilliant Oxford student, journalist, an early television critic, a failed parliamentary candidate, Potter belongs to that generation of the working-class which rose to...
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Chosen ground
Neil Corcoran
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<p>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.</p><p>The Chosen Ground explores this poetry, and in particular the dual Irish and...
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Eric Gill & David Jones at Capel-y-Finn, Jonathan Miles
Jonathan Miles
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<p>.<br /><br />This is the first book dedicated to the four year collaboration between two major British artists, Eric Gill and David Jones, at Gill&rsquo;s artistic-religious community at Capel-y-Ffin, a remote disused monastery in the Black Mountains. There, during the nineteen twenties, Gill and Jones came under new...
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Houseman, A E
Keith Jebb
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<p>The poetry of A.E. Housman is being redisovered. His volume <em>A Shropshire Lad</em> led him to be considered the finest poet in England. Housman&rsquo;s work, popular, accessible, pessimistic, fell from favour in the post-war period but as his times are reassessed there is a growing interest in his authentic voice.<br...
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Raymond williams
Tony Pinkney
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<p><strong>In stock in hardback. Select the format using the tab at the top of the page to add to basket.&nbsp;</strong></p><p>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,...
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Peter Stead
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<p>The story of Richard Burton&rsquo;s life is well known: from son of a Welsh miner and ward of a local teacher to international superstar. He became as famous for being Richard Burton and husband of Elizabeth Taylor as for the extraordinary acting abilities which made his name. A globe-trotter with a Swiss home, Burton never forgot his...
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The View from Row G, Dannie Abse
Dannie Abse
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<p>Three plays from one of Britain&rsquo;s leading and most beloved literary figures: House of Cowards, The Dogs of Pavlov and Pythagoras (Smith). All previously performed in London, these prize-winning plays originate in Abse&rsquo;s preoccupation with personal and public themes. &lsquo;House of Cowards&rsquo;, which won the...
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Gladys Mary Coles
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<p>Novelist, poet and mystic, Mary Webb (1881-1927) is an author undergoing revival and revaluation. Her most famous novel, <em>Precious Bane</em>, won the Prix Femina of 1924 and was recently televised. While her work was admired by Rebecca West, John Buchan, de la Mare and others during her lifetime, popular succes came only...
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art of edward thomas
Jonathan Barker
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<h2>&nbsp;</h2><p><br /><br />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&rsquo;s death at Arras in 1917 aged...
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Alun lewis a life
John Pikoulis
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<p>Alun Lewis (1915-1944) is one of the most impressive and important writers of the century. The leading author of World War Two, perhaps the leading poet, he is still an influential figure, particularly in his native Wales. In this new and revised edition of his biography John Pikoulis draws on unpublished material and Lewis&rsquo;s...
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Tony Curtis
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<p><em>How Poets Work</em> 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...
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After the First Death, Tony Curtis
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<p>This anthology contains writing by many of the greatest authors of Wales. From Wilfred Owen and David Jones, Dylan Thomas and Dannie Abse to Christopher Meredith and Gillian Clarke, it spans a century which saw both the barbarism of mechanised warfare and the development of mass communication, mass literacy and a flourishing of creative...
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Swansea Girl, Barbara Hardy
Barbara Hardy
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<p><em>Swansea Girl </em>is a recollection of childhood and adolescence in the &rsquo;20s, &rsquo;30s and &rsquo;40s, told with an attractive candour and made vivid by the author&rsquo;s remarkable eye for detail.<br /><br />Barbara Hardy&rsquo;s maternal grandfather came from Devon to work in the...
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John Briggs
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<p><br /><em>Before The Deluge</em> is a fascinating depiction of a now-vanished world, which was swept away by an untimely wave of unsympathetic redevelopment. Cardiff docks were once among the busiest in the world, home to a vibrant multi-ethnic community, studded with architectural gems - Georgain, neo-Gothic, Art Deco....
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