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A Poet's Notebook with new poems, obviously Stewart Henderson

22 Jun 2018
192 pages: 130 x 198 mm


Liverpool-born Stewart Henderson is a bestselling poet, broadcaster, and songwriter. A Poet’s Notebook comprises 21 of his poems preceded by an engrossing commentary on the sources and development of each. The book features a rare combination of poetic journal, travelogue and cultural almanac complete with the poet’s trademark humour and pertinent observations. With reflections on Emily Dickinson, C. S. Lewis, Malcolm McLaren, P. G. Wodehouse, and maritime Liverpool, alongside accounts of personal encounters with Malcolm Muggeridge, Madeleine L’Engle (A Wrinkle in Time) and Alastair Reid, A Poet’s Notebook is primarily an examination of our collective, restless soul as we ask: how did we end up here? This is British wit and poetry at its best.
Stewart Henderson is a poet, broadcaster and songwriter. The Sunday Times described his children’s poetry as “essential reading”. He presented Questions Questions for ten years for BBC Radio 4, and has originated and presented many social history documentaries for BBC Radio 4, BBC Radio 2, and BBC World Service. Stewart has also presented and contributed to some of the BBC Radio 4’s ‘crown jewels’ such as From Our Own Correspondent, Pick of the Week, Something Understood, Broadcasting House, Saturday Live, PM, iPM and Four Thought. His documentary, The Holy Fire, made on location in Israel, won the Jerusalem Radio Award for Best Feature. Stewart also received a Sony Radio Award nomination for his documentary, From Hairnets To Goalnets, about the first ever women’s football team formed during the First World War: The Dick, Kerr Ladies. As a songwriter, Bob Harris of BBC Radio 2 praised the “lyrical intelligence” of Stewart’s lyrics.
“Essential reading”|“He understands the packed power of words; the importance of their use and measure”|“Stewart has the capacity to engage naturally and touch deeply… He makes it look effortless”|“What Michael Morpurgo has done for children's fiction, Henderson has done for poetry”|“Good-humoured, thoughtful poems”|“Winnie-the-Pooh never explains what he means by ‘the noise-you-make-before-beginning-a-piece-of-poetry’. But in this glorious gallimaufry Stewart Henderson allows us an insight into ‘the noise-the-poet-makes-before-writing-one’. A Poet’s Notebook gives us a glimpse inside the mind and the muse of the poet, the rhapsodic rattlebag from which each individual poem coalesces out of chaos.”

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