Thursday 30 June 2005

From The English Countryside, Tales Of Tragedy

John H.B. Rawson

John Rawson is a critically-acclaimed poet, whose skilful style is now acknowledged and receiving the wider recognition it truly deserves. A small fraction of his work has already been published in nationally-circulated poetry magazines including Candelabrum, Envoi, Wayfarers, Orbis International, and Poetry Nottingham.

In 2004 his poem Giraffes won the Wiltshire Libraries Association prize for the best humorous verse.

Tales Of Tragedy is a splendid collection of ten stories told in the form of traditional narrative verse. They are easy to read and are sure to be enjoyed by a discerning readership. They include The Ballad Of Kit’s Grave, a Wiltshire legend about a girl from Bowerchalke who, after a doomed love affair, sadly drowned in a well; and Farmyard Fred, supposedly written in revenge for the suffering caused by a horrible neighbour.

In all, Tales Of Tragedy features the following:

The Ballad Of Kit's Grave.
Idyll Of The Swan.
The Ballad Of Ladybower.
The Meeting.
Voice Of The Woods.
Tale Of A Landowner.
Farmyard Fred.
The Ballad Of The Bellringer's Daughter.
The Legend Of Willhayne.
The Vanished Bridle Path.

With an illustration by Bryan Foster.

(A companion volume, From The English Countryside, Tales Of Humour, featuring a further seventeen poems, including The Tale Of The Squire Of Effingleigh, The Ballad Of The Three Corpses, Ambrose The Bull, and The Flower-Show Speech, is also available.)

From The English Countryside, Tales Of Tragedy.
John H.B. Rawson.
Softback, 210 mm x 147 mm, 72 pages.
Published by Bedeguar Books.
June 2005
ISBN 1872818439