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Jon Stallworthy: Singing School [SIGNED FIRST EDITION]

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Oxfam Bookshop Preston Jon Stallworthy, poet and prize-winning biographer, has long been concerned with how poems and poets are made, and now turns the biographer's telescope upon his own earlier selves: the seven-year-old son of New Zealanders discovering, at a school for latter-day imperial centurions and proconsuls, that what he wanted to do with his life was to write poems; the National Service legionary in the Royal West African Frontier Force preparing Nigerian soldiers for their country's approaching independence (and himself learning the truth about love on tropical beaches); and -- to complete the postcolonial triptych -- the student in Dublin confronting darker imperial realities while transcribing WB Yeats's manuscripts on Mrs Yeats's kitchen table. Stallworthy'a unique account of his poetic apprenticeship is personal, touching, funny, and at the same time representative of the experience of poets since Singing Schools were set up in ancient Ireland for the training of apprentice bards. The title page bears an inscription by the author in black ink: "O ces voix d’enfants, chantant dans la coupole! For Jo, a minor indiscretion, with best wishes from Jon" Overall, this book is in good condition. Dust jacket has superficial scrapes on front and back, is creased along the top and bottom edges, and has a 5mm tear at the base of the spine. Hardcover, bound in black cloth with gilt lettering, has very minor wear at the base of the spine. Top and fore edges of book block are lightly foxed (brown spots). The pages, however, are clean and white throughout. See Oxfam website for delivery information

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