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Hamish Henderson: v. 2: Poetry Becomes People (1954-2002)
Hamish Henderson: v. 2: Poetry Becomes People (1954-2002)
by Timothy Neat
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £25.00

6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A scots cultural giant, 30 Jan. 2010
It's hard to overstate the importance of Hamish Henderson to 20th century scottish culture and identity, but as this book shows it is also hard to define; but his influence extended from the highbrow 'culture boys' to the songsmiths of the travelling folk whose stories and music he spent a considerable chunk of his life documenting and promoting. His contribution to giving scots culture a local habitation and a name, and a great injection of confidence, sometimes seems in the book overstated until it becomes unarguable how many people who knew him drew influence and inspiration from him. The comparison that keeps coming to mind, despite the difference made by Henderson's own poetry, is the influence on music of John Peel,. This biography, written by a friend, is partial but not reverential; it's fascinating reading for anyone interested in scotland or in oral tradition of any kind. Highly recommended part 2 of the biography, as is part 1.

The Rattle Bag: An Anthology of Poetry
The Rattle Bag: An Anthology of Poetry
by Ted Hughes
Edition: Paperback

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dangerous...but essential, 18 Oct. 2009
There were few poetry anthologies published in the 20th century better than this one. Compiled by such distinguished poets and covering such a huge range of places, people and ideas. Far too many highlights to pick out much - and you will find your own - but for my money the ballad of Dangerous Dan McGrew has to be one of them. When a dull moment strikes, have it nearby, if you dip in it will reward you.

Bottle Shock [DVD] [2008]
Bottle Shock [DVD] [2008]
Dvd ~ Alan Rickman

5.0 out of 5 stars Warm as California sunshine, 18 Oct. 2009
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The word for this film is warm - sunlit, human, funny. Good script, well acted, great cinematography. Should be watched with a well chilled glass of white at the elbow, and followed up (or preceded, order no object) with a read of Robert Louis Stevenson's 'the Silverado Squatters'

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