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Essential Poems From The Staying Alive Trilogy

Author : Neil Astley
ISBN : 1852249587
Genre : English poetry
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This is a pocketbook selection of 100 essential poems from the 'Staying Alive' tavel companion. The poems are all about being human, being alive and staying alive; about love and loss; fear and longing; hurt and wonder; war and death; grief and suffering; and much more.
Category: English poetry

Staying Alive

Author : Neil Astley
ISBN : UCSC:32106018472842
Genre : Poetry
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Staying Alive includes many of the great modern love poems and elegies, but it also shows the power of poetry in celebrating the ordinary miracle, taking you on a journey around many of the different aspects of everyday life explored in poems.
Category: Poetry

Being Alive

Author : Neil Astley
ISBN : UOM:39015060383596
Genre : American poetry
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'Being Alive' is the sequel to 'Staying Alive' and is about being human: about love and loss, fear and longing, hurt and wonder.
Category: American poetry

Biting My Tongue

Author : Neil Astley
ISBN : STANFORD:36105017210472
Genre : Poetry
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Biting My Tongue speaks in different voices from different countries: mainly Ireland, France, and a breakaway republic. In many-layered poems spoken by women, men and animals, Neil Astley challenges fact and fiction, subverting assumptions of biography and truth, gender and sexuality, change and transformation. Many of the poems, male and female, echo or play with each other. A recurring voice and constant presence in the book is a young Irishwoman, Rebecca Hayes, whose experiences and imagination set up a dialogue within and around the poems.
Category: Poetry

Passionfood

Author : Neil Astley
ISBN : STANFORD:36105121997733
Genre : Love poetry, English
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Passionfood is a feast of classic and contemporary love poems. There are a hundred flavours in this four-course celebration of love, passion and desire. Compiled by Staying Alive editor Neil Astley, its menu is distinctively different from that of other anthologies of love poetry. There are no broken hearts here. Passionfood is a celebration of true love - love that grows into love that lasts, love that fills every part of our lives, love that never leaves us. Passionfood opens with a starter selection of poems about attraction, desire and longing. Passion is the main course: the excitement of love, being and staying in love, including many of the greatest poems in our literature - by writers such as Shakespeare, John Donne, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Emily Dickinson, Yeats and Auden. For dessert, the book offers deliciously saucy poems by leading contemporary poets. But like love, Passionfood is a feast which doesn't have to end. The fruit that follows dessert offers still more poetry to savour: poems about deepening love and friendship, love that never leaves us, poems celebrating closeness, trust and mutual understanding, poems of joy, wisdom and shared recognition. Passionfood is a book of positive, provocative and witty love poems for everyone whose life has been nourished and sustained by love, mixing passion with food for thought. It's also a book which holds out hope, and as such, a perfect gift for the person you love, for weddings and engagements, birthdays and anniversaries. Passionfood includes poems by Fleur Adcock, Kim Addonizio, Yehuda Amichai, Marcus Argentarius, W.H. Auden, Coleman Barks, John Berryman, Elizabeth Bishop, Anne Bradstreet, Emily Brontë, Robert Burns, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Robert Browning, Lord Byron, David Campbell, Thomas Campion, Raymond Carver, Catullus, C.P. Cavafy, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, David Constantine, E.E. Cummings, Emily Dickinson, Michael Donaghy, John Donne, Carol Ann Duffy, Helen Dunmore, Paul Durcan, U.A. Fanthorpe, James Fenton, John Fuller, Tess Gallagher, Jack Gilbert, Dana Gioia, Nikki Giovanni, Thom Gunn, Marilyn Hacker, Seamus Heaney, Robert Herrick, Rita Ann Higgins, Selima Hill, Jane Hirshfield, Elizabeth Jennings, Jackie Kay, John Keats, Galway Kinnell, D.H. Lawrence, Audre Lorde, James McAuley, Norman MacCaig, Louis MacNeice, Christopher Marlowe, Andrew Marvell, Michelangelo, Thomas Moore, Edwin Muir, Pablo Neruda, Grace Nichols, Sharon Olds, Michael Ondaatje, Alice Oswald, Ovid, Petronius, Marge Piercy, Alberto Ríos, Christina Rossetti, Muriel Rukeyser, Rumi, Sappho, Anne Sexton, William Shakespeare, Percy Bysshe Shelley, Jo Shapcott, Sir Philip Sidney, Stevie Smith, William Jay Smith, Edward Thomas, Fyodor Tyutchev and W.B. Yeats.
Category: Love poetry, English

Do Not Go Gentle

Author : Neil Astley
ISBN : STANFORD:36105112985713
Genre : Poetry
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This wide-ranging selection combines popular choices of traditional poems read at funerals with powerful poems by contemporary writers more tuned to our present age of doubt and disbelief. There are poems here for churchgoers and believers, including classic verses of grief and consolation by John Donne, Christina Rossetti, Emily Bronte and Emily Dickinson, the anonymous Do not stand at my grave and weep, and the poems read at Princess Diana's funeral. But there are also poems for people of all faiths and religions, for agnostics and atheists, and most importantly for those who aren't sure what they believe, whose grief over loss is the more intense for not knowing what happens to the soul after death.Grief isn't denied but experienced and made more bearable by being put into memorable words. Searing poems of lament are followed by moving elegies celebrating the lives of those we will always love. Whether and how the spirit survives is then explored in an extraordinary gathering of poems by writers as different and diverse as the Persian mystic Rumi, Zen Buddhist composers of Japanese haiku, and American poets Mary Oliver and Jane Kenyon. Buttressed against their assertions of faith in an afterlife are modern sceptics, from Auden and Larkin to William Carlos Williams and C.K. Williams, whose wrestling with the meaning of death helps us make sense of no sense, mirroring our own anxieties and difficulties. But however various and contradictory these poems, their message chimes with Larkin's famous words, proving 'Our almost-instinct almost true:/ What will survive of us is love.' Unlike other poetry anthologies of loss, mourning and remembrance, Do Not Go Gentle offers a selection of poems specifically for reading at funerals and memorial services. It can also be used for reading aloud to friends and family, or for reading while numbed and bewildered - all times when the right poem can help us share and bear the burden of immediate grief.
Category: Poetry

Wordworks

Author : Neil Astley
ISBN : STANFORD:36105043377527
Genre : English poetry
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This anthology is the TV tie-in book for Wordworks, a new poetry series originated by Tyne Tees Television for the ITV network. Each programme features several poetry videos in which poems are given stunning visual interpretations. Each is introduced by the poet, whose reading of the poem forms part of the film treatment. Twenty poets from Britain and Ireland have been filmed in their poems in a variety of locations. Paul Durcan drives a hearse. Carol Ann Duffy becomes a tabloid hack in a newspaper office. Benjamin Zephaniah goes on a rapping walkabout. jo shapcott is a mad cow in a supermarket. The Wordworks book is an illustrated anthology featuring all the poems from the six programmes with the poets' own comments, together with photographs and a foreword by Brendan Kennelly. The poems have been chosen for their accessibility and wide appeal, and the book forms a fascinating introduction to a wide range of lively and provocative contemporary poetry. The editors are Neil Astley, editor of Bloodaxe Books, and television producer Mark Lavender. The poets featured are: Fleur Adcock, Simon Armitage, George Charlton, Brendan Cleary, David Constantine, Carol Ann Duffy, Paul Durcan, Linda France, Jackie Kay, Brendan Kennelly, Michael Longley, Glyn Maxwell, Jill Maughan, Sean O'Brien, Tom Pickard, Jo Shapcott, Ken Smith, Anne Stevenson and Benjamin Zephaniah.
Category: English poetry

Pleased To See Me

Author : Neil Astley
ISBN : 1852246146
Genre : Poetry
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'Is that a gun in your pocket, or are you just pleased to see me?' Mae West's racy wisecrack could have been aimed at this book, which is packed with 69 high-calibre, sharp-shooting poems. Pleased to See Me bulges with boldly playful and seriously sensual treatments of everything you ever wanted to know about sex but never thought to find in a poem. Pleased to See Me is a sassy and unashamedly saucy celebration of fleshly pleasures by some of our finest poets. 'These are very sexy poems not just because they are about sex,' says Astley, 'but because their luscious language is handled with wit and sureness of touch. This is the first book to show how the way poets write about sex has changed dramatically. As in so much else, the boundaries have shifted. Sex in modern poetry - as in films, novels and music - is treated freely and frankly, with passion, tenderness and a great sense of fun. Expect surprises and reversals as well as creepiness and unease, coupled with in-your-face exuberance. We're talking strong language and strong emotion here.' Editor Neil Astley caught the zeitgeist in Staying Alive, his highly praised anthology of poems on every aspect of modern living. Now he turns to more intimate matters, bringing you a spicy selection of X-rated contemporary poems for reading in bed. Pleased to See Me covers and uncovers everything we like doing with our bodies, both women and men. These are poems to have fun with. Read them to your lover. Make this your personal pillow book.
Category: Poetry

The World Record

Author : Neil Astley
ISBN : 1852249382
Genre : Poetry
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An international anthology of work by poets from all the countries taking part in the 2012 London Olympics.
Category: Poetry

Bossy Parrot

Author : Neil Astley
ISBN : 1852240407
Genre : Poetry
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A collection of prize-winning poems which were entered in a British newspaper contest by children, ages six to eighteen.
Category: Poetry

Ten North East Poets

Author : Neil Astley
ISBN : UOM:39015012843218
Genre : English poetry
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This wide-ranging anthology introducing the work of ten new writers from North-East England. Three of the poets - David Constantine, Stephen Dunstan and Vincent Morrison - have collections of different kinds published or forthcoming from Bloodaxe Books, and their selecitons in this anthology are mainly of other poems. The other poets included are Peter Armstrong, George Charlton, Desmond Graham, Pete Laver, James Longwill, Lawrie Walker and Mike Wilkin.
Category: English poetry

Bloodaxe Poems Of The Year 2003

Author : Neil Astley
ISBN : UOM:39015060035626
Genre : English poetry
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This lively sampler anthology celebrates Bloodaxe's 25th birthday, with poems from 25 new books published in the anniversary year. Selected by founding editor Neil Astley, it shows that the famous Bloodaxe edge hasn't been blunted by age, and that Britain's sharpest poetry imprint is still discovering some of the most imaginatively adventurous new poetry from around the world. This year's output also includes new editions of major modern writers, vigorous translations of poetry classics, and anthologies of contemporary poetry aimed at a broad readership.With its bold and diverse stable of new and established British, Irish, American, European and Commonwealth writers, Bloodaxe has revolutionised poetry publishing in Britain. Its authors and books have won virtually every major literary award given to poetry, from the Pulitzer to the Nobel Prize. Bloodaxe has also been a pioneering publisher of poetry in translation, and has built its reputation over 25 years on publishing numerous new poets alongside some of the most important figures in modern poetry.This book is not only a birthday sampler. It is an alternative anthology presenting a completely different map of contemporary poetry from the academically distorted view now being foisted on readers by poetry's new spin doctors. It is representative not only of Bloodaxe's publishing but of all the poets who believe poetry's prime concern is human life not intellectual word-games.
Category: English poetry

New Blood

Author : Neil Astley
ISBN : STANFORD:36105029145948
Genre : Poetry
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Kafka said we should read books which bite and sting: 'If the book we are reading does not wake us up with a blow to the head, what's the point in reading? A book must be the axe which smashes the frozen sea within us.' Brian Hinton applied this to Neil Astley's anthology Poetry with an Edge, which 'crystallises what he has already achieved with Bloodaxe, well designed and committed books, though never comfortable to read. They answer Kafka's definition of what real literature should be.' New Blood is the sequel to Poetry with an Edge, which marked Bloodaxe's first decade of poetry publishing. This completely new anthology brings together poets who have published their first collections during the past ten years. New Blood shows that Bloodaxe isn't going rusty with age, for here are some of the sharpest new talents in poetry - with poems which bite and sting as well as disturb and delight the reader. This book of new poetry from Bloodaxe 'must be the axe which smashes the frozen sea within us'.
Category: Poetry

The Hundred Years War

Author : Neil Astley
ISBN : 1780371004
Genre : Poetry
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This anthology presents poems from a hundred years of war by poets writing as combatants on opposite sides, as victims, or anguished witnesses. Editor Neil Astley has created this deeply moving testament to humanity caught up in a hundred years of war. There have been two world wars since 1914, lasting for ten years, but wars have continued for a hundred years since then in many parts of the world: wars between nations, tribes, and factions, wars over religion and beliefs, wars fought for land or oil or history, civil wars, political wars, and the Cold War when the West remained on a war-footing while supposedly at peace.
Category: Poetry

Funny Ha Ha Funny Peculiar

Author : Neil Astley
ISBN : 1852249617
Genre : Humor
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This lively anthology brings together two kinds of funny: humorous poems that make you laugh or smile (funny ha-ha), and strange, surreal, witty or plain weird poems (funny peculiar). There has always been a tradition of comic and curious verse in English poetry, but in contemporary poetry the peculiar has come into its own, as this surprising selection shows. Presented in a hardback version of the giftbook format used for other shorter Bloodaxe anthologies aimed at a popular readership, Funny Ha-Ha, Funny Peculiar covers a wide variety of highly entertaining or provocatively engaging poets.
Category: Humor

Tony Harrison

Author : Neil Astley
ISBN : UOM:39015021882793
Genre : Literary Criticism
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Tony Harrison is 'a major dramatic poet' (TLS), 'our finest theatrical translator' (The Times) and 'the greatest modern theatrical poet' (Punch). Like Brecht, Harrison is both a major social poet and an innovative dramatist. In his work for theatre, opera and television he has extended the Brechtian tradition of music theatre. While his poetry and plays have been acclaimed by readers, theatre-goers and critics, he has gained wider notoriety and respect for his controversial television work: especially Channel 4's film of his poem 'v.' and his defence of Salman Rushdie, 'The Blasphemers' Banquet'. This is the first critical guide to the work of Tony Harrison, and covers his poetry, translations, theatre and television work:Essays and articles by leading writers and critics: Jonathan Barker, Rosemary Burton, Maureen Duffy, Douglas Dunn, Peter Forbes, Damian Grant, Romana Huk, Peter Levi, Marianne McDonald, Blake Morrison, Oswyn Murray, Bernard O'Donoghue, Rick Rylance, Carol Rutter, Oliver Taplin, Jeffrey Wainwright, Ken Worpole, Alan Young and others.Working with Tony Harrison: articles by director Richard Eyre, designer Jocelyn Herbert, actors Barrie Rutter and Jack Shepherd, composer Stephen Edwards, and TV producers Andree Molyneux and Peter Symes.Important reviews of Harrison's poetry and plays by John Barber, Clive Barnes, Michael Billington, Michael Coveney, Robert Cushman, Terry Eagleton, James Fenton, Marilyn Hacker, Ian Hamilton, Bernard Levin, John Peter, Michael Ratcliffe, Lawrence Sail, John Simon, Stephen Spender and others.Eight essays and prefaces by Tony Harrison as well as his new long poem 'The Mother of the Muses', and the complete texts of his television poems 'Arctic Paradise' and 'The Blasphemers' Banquet'.Interviews with Tony Harrison by John Haffenden and Richard Hoggart.
Category: Literary Criticism

Land Of Three Rivers

Author : Neil Astley
ISBN : 1780373767
Genre : Poetry
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Land of Three Rivers is a celebration of North-East England in poetry, featuring its places and people, culture, history, language and stories in poems and songs with both rural and urban settings. Taking its bearings from the Tyne, Wear and Tees of the title (from Vin Garbutt's song 'John North'), the book maps the region in poems relating to past and present, depicting life from Roman times through medieval Northumbria and the industrial era of mining and shipbuilding up to the present-day. The anthology has modern perspectives on historical subjects, such as W.H. Auden's 'Roman Wall Blues' and Alistair Elliot on the aftermath of the Battle of Heavenfield in the 7th century, as well as poets from past ages, starting with Caedmon, the first English poet, writing in the 8th century. There are classic North-East songs from the oral tradition of balladeers and pitmen poets alongside the work of literary chroniclers like Mark Akenside from the 18th century, followed by evocations of Northumberland by decadent gentry poet Algernon Charles Swinburne contrasting with grim tales of life down the pit by Tommy Armstrong, Joseph Skipsey and Thomas Wilson in the 19th century. The region's favourite tipple is championed by 18th-century poet John Cunningham in his eulogy 'Newcastle Beer', while 200 years later, Tony Harrison's defences are 'broken down / on nine or ten Newcastle Brown' in his 'Newcastle Is Peru' (1969). Durham is celebrated in a 12th-century priest's poem but is a trinity of 'University, Cathedral, Gaol' for Tony Harrison. The River Tyne flows through poems by Wilfrid Gibson, James Kirkup, Michael Roberts, Francis Scarfe from early to mid-20th century, while the region's dialects (from Northumbrian to Geordie and Pitmatic) are heard in poems by Basil Bunting, William Martin, Tom Pickard, Katrina Porteous and Fred Reed. Other modern and contemporary poets and songwriters featured include Gillian Allnutt, Peter Armstrong, Peter Bennet, Robyn Bolam, George Charlton, Julia Darling, Richard Dawson, the Elliotts of Birtley, W.N. Herbert, Alan Hull, James Kirkup, Mark Knopfler, Barry MacSweeney, Sean O'Brien, Rodney Pybus, Kathleen Raine, Jon Silkin and Anne Stevenson, as well as poets who've spent time in the North-East, such as Fleur Adcock, David Constantine, Fred D'Aguiar, Frances Horovitz, Philip Larkin, Michael Longley and Carol Rumens, writing highly memorable poems in response to the place, its people and their stories. The book's introduction is in two parts, with Rodney Pybus covering the historical background and Neil Astley the last 50 years. This emphasises the importance of the oral tradition during the centuries when little written poetry of note was produced in the region. There are also fascinating commentaries on key historical figures by the late Alan Myers.
Category: Poetry

Learning To Teach English In The Secondary School

Author : Jon Davison
ISBN : 9780429016929
Genre : Education
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Fully updated to reflect changes in teacher education and the curriculum, the Fifth Edition of Learning to Teach English in the Secondary School explores the background to debates about teaching the subject, alongside tasks, teaching ideas and further reading to expand upon issues and ideas raised in the book. Including chapters on planning, changes to the assessment system, language teaching, and cross-curricular aspects of secondary teaching, this new edition features: changes in policy and practice, including the most recent GCSE reforms; a new chapter on 'Media literacy in English'; a consideration of modern digital technology and how it underpins good practice in all areas of English teaching and learning; and cross-referencing to guidance on assessment and well-being and resilience in the core text Learning to Teach in the Secondary School. A key text for all student teachers, Learning to Teach English in the Secondary School combines theory and practice to present a comprehensive introduction to the opportunities and challenges of teaching English in the secondary school.
Category: Education

Writers Artists Yearbook 2020

Author : Bloomsbury Publishing
ISBN : 9781472947505
Genre : Reference
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Packed with practical advice, guidance and inspiration about all aspects of the writing process, this Yearbook is the essential resource on how to get published. It will guide authors and illustrators across all genres and markets: those looking for a traditional, hybrid or self-publishing route to publication; writers of fiction and non-fiction, poets and playwrights, writers for TV and radio, newspapers and magazines. New articles for the 2020 edition include: - Raffaella Barker Writing romantic fiction - Chris Bateman Writing for video games: a guide for the curious - Dean Crawford Going solo: self-publishing in the digital age - Jill Dawson On mentoring - Melissa Harrison So you want to write about nature ... - Kerry Hudson Writing character-led novels - Mark Illis Changing lanes: writing across genres and forms - Maxim Jakubowski Defining genre fiction - Antony Johnston Breaking into comics - Suzanne O'Sullivan Writing about science for the general reader - Tim Pears Writing historical fiction: lessons learned - Di Redmond Ever wanted to write a saga? - Anna Symon Successful screenwriting - Nell Stevens Blurring facts with fiction: memoir and biography - Ed Wilson Are you ready to submit?
Category: Reference

Writers Artists Yearbook 2019

Author : Bloomsbury Publishing
ISBN : 9781472947482
Genre : Reference
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This bestselling guide to all areas of publishing and the media is completely revised and updated every year. The Yearbook is packed with advice, inspiration and practical guidance on who to contact and how to get published. Foreword by Joanne Harris, bestselling author of 18 novels, including Chocolat New articles in the 2019 edition include: Ruby Tandoh Writing a cookbook Andrew McMillan How to become a poet Claire North Writing speculative fiction Frances Jessop Writing about sport Jane Robinson Writing non-fiction Tony Bradman A successful writing career James Peak Should I make an audio book? Wyl Menmuir Debut success Alice Jolly Crowdfunding your novel Andrew Lownie Submitting non-fiction Lynette Owen UK copyright law All articles are reviewed and updated every year. Key articles on Copyright Law, Tax, Publishing Agreements, E-publishing, Publishing news and trends are fully updated. Plus over 4,000 listings entries on who to contact and how across the media and publishing worlds In short it is 'Full of useful stuff' - J.K. Rowling
Category: Reference