Poems, Stories and Writings

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Carcanet, Jul 27, 2012 - Poetry - 200 pages
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Margaret Tait (1918-1999) was a pioneering filmmaker for whom words and images made the world real. In 'documentary', she wrote, real things 'lose their reality ... and there's no poetry in that. In poetry, something else happens.' If film, for Tait, was a poetic medium, her poems are works of craft and observation that are generous and independent in their vision of the world, poems that make seeing happen. Sarah Neely, Lecturer in Film at the University of Stirling, draws on Tait's three poetry collections, her book of short stories, her magazine articles and unpublished notebooks to make available for the first time a collection of the full range of Tait's writing. Her introduction discusses Tait as filmmaker and writer in the context of mid-twentieth-century Scottish culture, and a comprehensive list of bibliographic and film resources provides an indispensible guide for further exploration.

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About the author (2012)

Margaret Tait was a filmmaker, a poet, and the founder of the film company Ancona Films. Sarah Neely is a member of the Stirling Media Research Institute and a lecturer in film in the School of Arts and Humanities at the University of Stirling. Ali Smith is the author of The Accidental and Hotel World and a contributor to the Guardian, the Scotsman, and the Times Literary Supplement.

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