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Grandchildren of Albion – Anthology

Voices and Visions of Younger Poets in Britain

Michael Horovitz (ed)

This lavishly illustrated 400 page anthology is the revival issue of New Departures (numbers 17-20), and has been described in the London Evening Standard as “crackling with more energy than the national grid”, and in Time Out as “exemplary in its endorsement of multiracial work … the essential buy for poetry lovers.”

Wordsounds & Sightlines contains the poet’s own selection of hitherto unpublished shorter pieces, as a companion volume and sequel to Growing Up. The new collection is made up of six sections: InterCity Poems; Light Verse; Songpoems & Lyrics; Homages & Updates (To Thomas Gray, Wordsworth, Matthew Arnold, Edward Thomas, Rupert Brooke, Joyce, Schwitters and E.J. Thribb); Elegies & Footnotes (for Beckett, Larkin and Frances Horovitz, among others); and Echoes & Transcriptions (of Bix Beiderbecke, Lionel Hampton, John Cage, rainfall at dawn, Beethoven, et al).

There are substantial selections from 40 poets, most of whom come to their most essential life giving readings, and/or projecting their texts in collaboration with various forms of music. They also relish connecting with each other and with every kind of audience, in multiple permutations, on the Live New Departures/Poetry Olympics bandwagons. Writers from the book available, singly or in groups, to give performances, talks, readings or jam sessions (and some of whom can also be heard on the Grandchildren of Albion Live CD and Cassette) include:

John Agard
Valerie Bloom
Linton Kwesi Johnson
Sujata Bhatt
Grace Nichols
Michele Roberts
Carol Ann Duffy
Neil Sparkes
Adam Horovitz
Jean Binta Breeze
Mahmood Jamal
John Cooper Clarke
Michael Horovitz
Stan Tracey
Keith Waithe
Adam Horovitz
Ian McMillan
Ben Okri
Benjamin Zephaniah

400-page illustrated
ND 17-20 / ISBN 0-902689-14-2
£11.49 incl. UK p/p