Disposable Diaries: Sara Gran

Our latest ‘Disposable Diaries’ comes from Sara Gran, author of the novels Dope, Come Closer, Saturn’s Return to New York and three novels about Claire DeWitt, a talented but troubled private detective. The third and most recent instalment in the series, The Infinite Blacktop, is set partly in Los Angeles, and through a series of photographs taken in…

Christmas Reading List

All I want for Christmas . . . From eccentric memoirs and epic novels to beautiful books and powerful poetry. Here’s what we’re reading, recommending and gifting this winter. Ruby Bamber, Senior Sales Operations Executive The book you can’t wait to read this Christmas I’m going to treat myself to The Lacuna by Barbara Kingsolver…

Pebble spotting with The Pebbles on the Beach

KEY TO IMAGES: 1 Ovoid pebble of grey granite 2 Grey granite with one surface cut and polished 3 Pebble of schist with one surface cut and polished. The laminations are more clearly seen on an uncut surface 4 Flattened ovoid pebble of crystalline limestone [unpolished] 5 Fragment of whitish chert. Its angularities show that…

Celebrating W. S. Graham

To mark 100 years since the birth of the poet W. S. Graham, here is a selection of images and quotations to celebrate his life and work.

 

W. S. Graham in the Gurnard’s Head Hotel, 1958. Copyright © the Estate of Michael Seward Snow, 2018.

WSG Postcard: hand decorated, depicting ‘Malcolm Mooney’s Land’. Copyright © the Estate of W. S. Graham, 2018. All rights reserved.

 

WSG Makars’ Court: Memorial stone unveiled by Jackie Kay (Scots Makar) in the Makars’ Court, Edinburgh, June 2018. Photograph courtesy of David Lindsay.

WSG Artwork 1: Copyright © the Estate of W. S. Graham, 2018. All rights reserved.

Loch Thom: The draft of ‘Loch Thom’ is an intermediate draft. The completed poem can be found in W.S. Graham, New Selected Poems (Faber, 2018). Image copyright © the Estate of W. S. Graham, 2018. All rights reserved.

   

W. S. Graham with foxgloves and Zennor Hill in the background, 1958. Copyright © the Estate of Michael Seward Snow, 2018.

  

Untidy Dreadful Table: The annotated draft of ‘Untidy Dreadful Table’ represents the final draft of the poem which can be found in W. S. Graham, New Collected Poems (Faber, 2004). Image copyright © the Estate of W. S. Graham, 2018. All rights reserved.

 

WSG writing table: this photo goes with the poem manuscript of ‘Untidy Dreadful Table’ above.

W. S. Graham with Gurnard’s Head in the background, 1958. Copyright © the Estate of Michael Seward Snow, 2018.

 

WSG Artwork 2, Self Portrait: Copyright © the Estate of W.S. Graham, 2018. All rights reserved.

 

 

W. S. Graham in the Gurnard’s Head Hotel, 1958. Copyright © the Estate of Michael Seward Snow, 2018.

 

W. S. Graham with his father, Alexander Graham, Princes Pier, Greenock, 1933. Photographer unknown. Reproduced by kind permission of Rosalind Mudaliar, the Estate of W. S. Graham.

W. S. Graham in the Gurnard’s Head Hotel, 1958. Copyright © the Estate of Michael Seward Snow, 2018.

 

All quotes, unless otherwise stated, are taken from W. S. Graham’s New Selected Poems (Faber & Faber, 2018). Cover image: W. S. Graham, with his painting on glass, in the Old Coastguard Cottage, Gurnard’s Head, 1958. Copyright © the Estate of Michael Seward Snow, 2018.

Read the poem ‘To Alexander Graham’, a poem that W. S. Graham wrote addressed to his father, in full here.

 

Faber announces unpublished Sylvia Plath story

Faber will publish ‘Mary Ventura and the Ninth Kingdom’, a previously unpublished story by Sylvia Plath, as part of the landmark Faber Stories series to celebrate the company’s 90th anniversary. ‘Mary Ventura and the Ninth Kingdom’ was written by Plath as an assignment in December 1952, when she was a third-year student at Smith College….