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Poets and People (3 Parts)

Synopsis
Part 1: Douglas Dunn reads his poems to a mixed-age audience at a community school on a deprived housing estate outside Edinburgh. An account of Dunn’s background is illustrated by stills of places associated with his early life.
Part 2: Norman MacCaig reads his poems to an audience at the Saltire Society, Edinburgh. Biographical material is illustrated by stills of places which have influenced his work and attitude.
Part 3: Tony Harrison reads his poetry to a student audience in his own city of Leeds. The readings emphasise his concern for equal validity of regional dialect English with standard English for the writing of poetry.
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Medium
Video; Videocassette. Standard formats. col. 30, 45, 45 min.
Year of production
1987
Availability
Sale
Notes
Reviewed in British Council FVR 174, April 1988.
Uses
Poetry and Scottish literature courses.
Subjects
English language and literature
Keywords
biographies; Dunn, Douglas; Harrison, Tony; MacCaig, Norman; poetry

Credits

Contributor
John McGrath

Sections

Title
Douglas Dunn
Synopsis
Part 1: Douglas Dunn reads his poems to a mixed-age audience at a community school on a deprived housing estate outside Edinburgh. An account of Dunn's background is illustrated by stills of places associated with his early life.

Title
Norman MacCaig
Synopsis
Part 2: Norman MacCaig reads his poems to an audience at the Saltire Society, Edinburgh. Biographical material is illustrated by stills of places which have influenced his work and attitude.

Title
Tony Harrison
Synopsis
Part 3: Tony Harrison reads his poetry to a student audience in his own city of Leeds. The readings emphasise his concern for equal validity of regional dialect English with standard English for the writing of poetry.

Distributor

Name

Freeway Films

Phone
031-235 3200
Address
67 George Street
EDINBURGH
EH2 2JG

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