Thursday 30 June 2005

From The English Countryside, Tales Of Humour

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 the 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 Humour is a splendid collection of seventeen 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 The Three Corpses, a true tale of the Deverills, as mentioned by W.H. Hudson in 'A Shepherd's Life'; and The Witch Field, a poem for children, based on an old and sinister tale concerning a pasture-ground at Allington, Devizes.

In all, Tales Of Humour, features the following:

The Tale Of The Squire Of Effingleigh.
Father And Son.
The Ballad Of The Three Corpses.
Old Hercules.
The Tale Of Poor Tom.
The Ballad Of The Village Feud.
A Gardener's Tale.
The Ballad Of Patrick O'Reilly.
The Witch Field.
John Smart.
The Tale Of Sir Frantic And The Ogre.
Riders On The Down.
Bells Of A Country Parish.
Ambrose The Bull.
The Dorset Stour.
Rooks In November.
The Flower-Show Speech.

With an illustration by Bryan Foster.

(A companion volume, From The English Countryside, Tales Of Tragedy, featuring a further ten poems, including The Ballad Of Kit's Grave, Idyll Of The Swan, The Ballad Of Ladybower, Farmyard Fred, and The Legend Of Willhayne, is also available.)

From The English Countryside, Tales Of Humour.
John H.B. Rawson.
Softback, 210 mm x 147 mm, 72 pages.
Published by Bedeguar Books.
June 2005.
ISBN 1872818420.