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Mimma: A Story of War and Friendship By Giles Watson
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The shadow of Fascism spreads across Italy as Mimma, a young journalist from Turin, takes refuge at her Uncle Lorenzo’s nightclub in Soho, London. As another World War becomes inevitable,... More > Mimma forges an unassailable friendship with Sarah, an aspiring jazz singer, while her family are increasingly embroiled in resistance against Mussolini. The coming conflict brings out the best and worst in people as Mimma’s brother is captured, Londoners prepare for Hitler’s Blitz, and fears of betrayal reach fever pitch. Even refugees and firm opponents of the dictators are classified as “Enemy Aliens”. Mimma and Sarah are caught in the turmoil as Soho is torn apart by arrests and internments. England and Italy are facing their darkest hours, and Mimma is in danger of losing everything. Everything – that is, except the one friend she can trust. Based on the new musical by Ron Siemiginowski and Giles Watson, ‘Mimma’ is a novel that bridges continents and cultures.< Less
Somnambuliform By Giles Watson & Buffarches
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Drawn from Welsh mythology, natural observation, and bitter personal experience, the poems in Giles Watson's latest collection explore human emotions in a raw and uncompromising style, and in a... More > variety of voices. The poems at the heart of this new collection centre on the refusal to be silenced in the aftermath of a violent incident. Others explore folkloric themes, but all are united by a humane conscience which nevertheless insists on the right to express anger at gendered violence, injustice, objectification and victim-blaming. Many of the poems are complemented by dark and beautiful illustrations by Buffarches, creating a subtle and haunting dialogue between text and image.< Less
Oak, Broom and Meadowsweet: A Book of Blodeuwedd By Giles Watson
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The story of Blodeuwedd, from the Fourth Branch of the Mabinogion, has been a source of fascination for readers and listeners for many centuries. A young woman created out of flowers by two... More > magicians, Blodeuwedd is pledged to marry Lleu even before she has drawn breath, but the magic of her male creators cannot suppress her own desires. Her fate is to be transformed into an owl in punishment for refusing to accept the life that has been pre-ordained for her. The legend of Blodeuwedd encodes the story of a seasonal goddess of sovereignty which lies at the heart of Welsh mythology, at the same time as embodying women's historical struggle for self-determination. Giles Watson's poem allows Blodeuwedd to tell her own story. The author brings not only his love for Welsh culture, but also his experience as a rehabilitator of wild owls, to the task of giving Blodeuwedd a voice of her own.< Less
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