Shortlisted for the BBC Audio Drama Awards 2013, Pink Mist displays all of Owen Sheers’s virtuoso gifts for language and poetic drama.
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Winner of Wales Book of the Year
Pink Mist is a verse-drama about three young soldiers from Bristol who are deployed to Afghanistan. School friends still in their teens, Arthur, Hads and Taff each have their own reasons for enlisting. Within a short space of time they return to the women in their lives (a mother, a wife, a girlfriend), all of whom must now share the psychological and physical aftershocks of their service.
A work of great dramatic power, documentary integrity and emotional intensity, Pink Mist uses everyday yet heightened speech to excavate the human cost of modern warfare. Drawing upon interviews with soldiers and their families, as well as ancient texts such as the medieval Welsh poem Y Gododdin, it is the first extended lyric narrative to emerge from the devastating conflict in Afghanistan.
Owen Sheers' breath-taking, unforgettable script focuses on the abused lives of three British soldiers with the humanity of a Wilfred Owen and brings the pity of the far Afghan war into our own mind's neighbourhood.
Pink Mist is a tremendous book. It feels huge, engulfing, devastating, although only 87 pages long. When I finished it, what I felt most strongly was that it should be studied at school alongside the ubiquitous Wilfred Owen
The war poet of our generation.
The first important poem to come out of Britain's most recent Afghan war, there's more truth, more power to disturb, in Owen Sheers' Morte d'Arthur than in acres of media coverage.
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