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Canada’s Priscila Uppal has gained an international reputation for her boldly provocative poetry in just a dozen years, since publishing her first collection, How to Draw Blood from a Stone, at the age of 23. Noted for their startling imagery, unforgettable characters and visionary lines, her poems are exact and penetrating, yet surreal and deeply moving. Drawing from the scientific to the literary, the medical to the historical, Uppal is as concerned about the inheritance of the past as she is about the tragedies of the present, which makes her both a witness of the terrors and inconsistencies of the past and a messenger of an incomprehensible future. Here she reads from Successful Tragedies: Poems 1998-2010 (Bloodaxe Books, 2010), the first UK edition of her poetry, which includes work from six books published in Canada, including Ontological Necessities, which was shortlisted for the Griffin Poetry Prize in 2007, and her recent collection, Traumatology, as well as talking about her work, surrealism and Canadian poetry. Pamela Robertson-Pearce filmed her in Newcastle upon Tyne before her reading for Newcastle Centre for the Literary Arts on 22 April 2013. Here she reads five poems: 'If Abraham', 'Sex with Columbus', 'Sorry, I Forgot to Clean Up After Myself', 'The Old Debate of Don Quixote vs. Sancho Panza' and 'My Mother Is One Crazy Bitch'. The poems were first published in Canada by Exile Editions. For more details of Priscila Uppal's Successful Tragedies see http://www.bloodaxebooks.com/titlepage.asp?isbn=1852248602+ More details
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There is an amazing quality around those who had the fortune to be creative in a certain period of Canada’s history. Consider BARRY CALLAGHAN. He has done work in journalism, television, and filmmaking in addition to his writing of fiction, non-fiction and poetry. He began his career as a part-time reporter for CBC television news and gave weekly book reviews on the CBC radio program Audio. During the late 60s he was literary editor of the Toronto Telegram, for which he wrote essays and books reviews that were amazing for their insight and controversial candour. He was also host and documentary producer for the public affairs show Weekend, in which capacity he made over 20 short films on political trouble spots and taped interviews with international figures such as Golda Meir and King Hussein. In 1972 Callaghan founded the international literary quarterly Exile, which extended to publishing house Exile Editions. He taught at York University and mentored far too many illustrious grads to list here. Perhaps our artists of today, empowered with the access that media technology and digital everything lends, are returning to the renaissance cross-discipline talents of champions like Mr. Callaghan. We were very happy to be able to lend our small part when McArthur and Co. asked us to contribute a short five video minute tribute to this Man of Letters. Many thanks to interviewer Ray Robertson, whose BookShort Author Profile featuring his recent novel What Happened Later, www.MovingStories.TV McArthur & Co. is re-issuing an entire collection of Barry’s books, as well as his excellent collection of short stories, BETWEEN TRAINS, all of which you can peruse at their website www.mcarthur-co.com.+ More details
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