Alan M. Kent was born in St Austell, Cornwall, in 1967. He is a prize-winning poet, novelist and dramatist and author and editor of a number of works on Cornish and Anglo-Cornish literature, including Looking at the Mermaid, a Reader in Cornish Literature 900–1900, two anthologies of Anglo-Cornish poetry, Voices from West Barbary and The Dreamt Sea, and an acclaimed translation of the Cornish Mystery play cycle, The Ordinalia. Two of his other plays are published by Francis Boutle Publishers: Oogly es Sin and The Tin Violin.
Identity, language and landscape – and the poet’s hopes for an autonomous Cornwall – remain at the core of this collection; but there are also new expeditions and inventive forms here as Kent looks towards France, Brittany, New Zealand, America – even outer space – to offer an ‘interim’ picture of the poet’s spiritual journey.
It is 1901 – the dawn of the twentieth century. In the library of a remote country house in Cornwall the noted antiquarian and Celtic revivalist Edward Cardew is about to make a remarkable discovery.
Cornwall is at the hub of the Celtic Sea, and this collection of new poetry celebrates the best verse to emerge from there in recent times.
Bewnans Peran [The Life of St Piran] celebrates the life and deeds of the patron saint of Cornwall, Saint Piran.
This collection of plays sheds new light on Charles Causley’ literary work and reveals him to be a fine playwright with an important place in British theatrical history.