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George Mackay Brown

Author : Alan Norman Bold
ISBN : UCAL:B3472531
Genre : Orkney (Scotland)
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Greenvoe

Author : George Mackay Brown
ISBN : 0860098095
Genre : Fiction
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Category: Fiction

The Sun S Net

Author : George MacKay Brown
ISBN : 1846971519
Genre : Orkney (Scotland)
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This is a bewitching and atmospheric collection of short stories celebrating life and love: the world ripens as a baby stirs in its mother's womb; a soldier captured at Bannockburn sees the daughter of his jailor bathing and falls in love; two ghosts become reconciled with death; and, an eighteenth-century tale of piracy and treachery. George Mackay Brown's distinctive voice has a clarity and resonance that blends the magical with the mundane, and the present with the past.
Category: Orkney (Scotland)

The Collected Poems Of George Mackay Brown

Author : George Mackay Brown
ISBN : 0719568846
Genre : Poetry
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George Mackay Brown is recognised as one of Scotland's greatest twentieth-century lyric poets. His work is integral to the flowering of Scottish literature over the last fifty years. Admired by many fellow poets, including Seamus Heaney and Douglas Dunn, his poems are deeply individual and unmistakable in their setting: 'the small green world' of the Orkney Islands where he lived for most of his life with its elemental forces of sea and sky and Norse and Icelandic ancestry, is brought vividly and memorably to life. Here, his rich resonant poetry is collected in one volume, making available again many poems that are otherwise out of print.
Category: Poetry

Northern Lights

Author : George Mackay Brown
ISBN : 9781848549470
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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Many of the places, people, legends and seasons that formed Brown's vision and work are presented here, with poems appearing among the prose. Included are memoirs of his parents, friends and passing strangers with legends and stories of the places.
Category: Biography & Autobiography

Winter Tales

Author : George Mackay Brown
ISBN : 9781848549425
Genre : Fiction
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This collection celebrates winter and its festivals, light and darkness. It includes the tales of Lieutenant William Bligh at the port of Hamnavoe, an Edinburgh man rediscovering his roots in Shetland, Baltic-men shipwrecked on the Orkney coast, and Norse warriors setting out for the Holy Land. Through these stories George Mackay Brown explores the effects of new ways of thinking and working on the ancient patterns and traditions of Orkney life.
Category: Fiction

George Mackay Brown Selected Poems

Author : George Mackay Brown
ISBN : 1846975166
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In this new Selected Poems, Kathleen Jamie explores the multi-faceted world of George Mackay Brown's Orkney, the poet's lifelong home and inspiration. George Mackay Brown's concerns were the ancestral world, the communalities of work, the fables and religious stories which he saw as underpinning mortal lives. Brown believed from the outset that poets had a social role and his true task was to fulfil that role. This is not the attitude of a shrinking violet, tentatively exploring his 'voice'. Art was sprung from the community, and his role as poet to know that community, to sing its stories. But there was also room for introspection; the poet's task was simultaneously to 'interrogate silence'.
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A Time To Keep

Author : George Mackay Brown
ISBN : 190459865X
Genre : Orkney (Scotland)
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First published in 1969, "A Time to Keep" has a vast cast of characters drawn from Orkney's past and present. The stories offer a range of emotions and incidents, exploring how the new and old collide and crash in a community as deeply rooted as Orkney's.
Category: Orkney (Scotland)

George Mackay Brown

Author : Maggie Fergusson
ISBN : 9781848547872
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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George Mackay Brown was one of Scotland's greatest twentieth-century writers, but in person a bundle of paradoxes. He had a wide international reputation, but hardly left his native Orkney. A prolific poet, admired by such fellow poets as Seamus Heaney, Ted Hughes and Charles Causley, and hailed by the composer Peter Maxwell Davies as 'the most positive and benign influence ever on my own efforts at creation', he was also an accomplished novelist (shortlisted for the 1994 Booker Prize for Beside the Ocean of Time) and a master of the short story. When he died in 1996, he left behind an autobiography as deft as it is ultimately uninformative. 'The lives of artists are as boring and also as uniquely fascinating as any or every other life,' he claimed. Never a recluse, he appeared open to his friends, but probably revealed more of himself in his voluminous correspondence with strangers. He never married - indeed he once wrote, 'I have never been in love in my life.' But some of his most poignant letters and poems were written to Stella Cartwright, 'the Muse of Rose Street', the gifted but tragic figure to whom he was once engaged and with whom he kept in touch until the end of her short life. Maggie Fergusson interviewed George Mackay Brown several times and is the only biographer to whom he, a reluctant subject, gave his blessing. Through his letters and through conversations with his wide acquaintance, she discovers that this particular artist's life was not only fascinating but vivid, courageous and surprising.
Category: Biography & Autobiography

Keeping The Sources Pure

Author : Sabine Schmid
ISBN : IND:30000086818337
Genre : Poetry
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This volume assesses the literary stature of George Mackay Brown by contextualising his prose and his poetry within twentieth-century British and European literary practices and traditions of thought. Challenging the typecasting of Brown as 'Orkney writer', the book links him with European Modernism and reveals the complex web of experiences, influences and relationships that shaped Brown's poetic development. This comparative study argues that Edwin Muir, Gerard Manley Hopkins and Thomas Mann analysed remarkably similar cultural and spiritual phenomena, inspiring Brown's own work. Muir travelled back into what he called the racial memory of the tribe. Hopkins aimed for a revival of religious values and the recovery of the sacramental power of the word. Thomas Mann felt that man must discover and put into practice a 'new humanism' which would embrace the mythic-archetypal structure of the unconscious and man's individual consciousness. All four writers attempted to 'get back to the roots and sources' by probing the ways in which individuals and society as a whole gain a better understanding of and a more meaningful relationship with their pasts. This book chronicles George Mackay Brown's personal and artistic journey, from his early reporting days on an Orkney newspaper, through spells in hospital recovering from tuberculosis, to his friendship with Edwin Muir and growing confidence in his own vision.
Category: Poetry

Beside The Ocean Of Time

Author : George Mackay Brown
ISBN : 9781444779738
Genre : Fiction
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In this novel set on the fictitious island of Norday in the Orkneys, George Mackay Brown beckons us into the imaginary world of the young Thorfinn Ragnarson, the son of a crofter. In his day-dreams he relives the history of this island people, travelling back in time to join Viking adventurers at the court of the Byzantine Emperor in Constantinople, then accompanying a Falstaffian knight to the battle of Bannockburn. Thorfinn wakes to the twentieth century and a community whose way of life, steeped in legend and tradition, has remained unchanged for centuries. But as the boy grows up - and falls in love with a vivacious and mysterious stranger - the transforming effect of modern civilization brings momentous and irreversible changes to the island. During the Second World War Thorfinn finds himself in a German prisoner-of-war camp, and it is here that he discovers his gifts as a writer. Long afterwards he returns, now a successful novelist, to a deserted and battle-scarred island. Searching for the peace and freedom of mind he had in abundance as a child, he finds instead something he didn't even know he was looking for. George Mackay Brown intertwines myth and reality to create a novel of deceptive simplicity. The story of Thorfinn and the island of Norday is a universal and profound one, rooted in the timeless landscape of the Orkneys, the inspiration of all his writing.
Category: Fiction

George Mackay Brown Selected Short Stories

Author : George Mackay Brown
ISBN : 1846975174
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George Mackay Brown was a master of the short story form and produced a steady stream of short fiction collections, starting with A Calendar of Love (1967) and include A Time to Keep (1969) and Hawkfall (1974), as well as his poetry collections and novels. In this selection, edited and introduced by Malachy Tallack, we explore the author's Orkney and the ups and downs of the crofters and fishermen there. These magical stories, drawn from ancient lore and modern life, strip life down to the essentials.
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The Island Of The Women And Other Stories

Author : George Mackay Brown
ISBN : 9781848549463
Genre : Fiction
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In these six stories George Mackay Brown leads us back along the sweep of Orkney's past and beyond even that to the remoteness of fable. He reveals the timelessness of the lived moment and the constants of island life in the harvest of sea and land and the compulsions of voyage and homecoming.
Category: Fiction

George Mackay Brown

Author : Ron Ferguson
ISBN : 9780861537273
Genre : Religion
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George Mackay Brown is one of the 20th century's finest writers. This biography sweeps us along on an enriching literary and spiritual journey..Draws on unpublished letters, conversations with the enigmatic Bard's friends and well-known writers. Shortlisted for the Saltire Award Best Research Book of the Year.
Category: Religion

Following A Lark

Author : George Mackay Brown
ISBN : 9781848549449
Genre : Poetry
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A country boy creeps unwillingly to school on a lark-filled summer morning. Norse crusaders, preparing to sail on Earl Rognvald's crusade in 1151 break into the burial chamber at Maeshowe seeking treasure, and cut runes in its massive stones. And the famous Iceland poet Thorbjorn leaves his farm to join the group of poets whose lyrics stud like gems that famous pilgrimage. The ancient northern ceremonies of solstice and equinox, Easter and Yule, are brought to vivid life in the poems collected in this book, and so also are some of the holidays of the Christian calender. The cycle of seasons is more noticeable in the north, especially perhaps winter, the time of story-telling and music. There are tributes to the great poet of winter, Robert Burns, and a celebration of the Irish veteran of the Peninsular War who founded a tavern in Orkney in 1821. The life of an islander is 'sweetly compacted' in The Laird and the Three Women.
Category: Poetry

The Loom Of Light

Author : George Mackay Brown
ISBN : UOM:39015019054439
Genre : English drama
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George Mackay Brown

Author : Alison Gray
ISBN : 085244883X
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George Mackay Brown, the poet, novelist and dramatist, is seen by some as not just Orkney's, but Britain's best twentieth-century poet - widely praised by Ted Hughes, Seamus Heaney and fellow Orcadian mentor Edwin Muir. Many of his works are concerned with protecting Orkney's cultural heritage from the relentless march of progress and the loss of myth and archaic ritual in the modern world, a concern further influenced by his own conversion to Catholicism. Alison Gray has written No Separation first and foremost as a faith story, opening up the Catholicism of George Mackay Brown that hitherto has remained quiet, unexplored and not greatly understood. Not a Catholic or religious writer as such, but treating all the subjects of literature as a Catholic would treat them, and only could treat them. She places Mackay Brown's writings within an Orkney poetics, a shared Orcadian patrimony that is in touch with its own great past whilst simultaneously being deeply connected to the currents of theology and modern intellectual life in the twentieth century and beyond.
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Rockpools And Daffodils

Author : George Mackay Brown
ISBN : UOM:39015029991745
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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Much of George Mackay Brown's fiction and verse is based on his life in Orkney, especially his childhood.
Category: Biography & Autobiography