John Ormond’s Organic Mosaic

Poetry, Documentary, Nation

Awdur(on): Kieron Smith

Iaith: Saesneg

Dosbarthiad(au): Y Cyfryngau Ffilm a Theatr

Cyfres: Writing Wales in English

  • Hydref 2019 · 224tudalen · 216x138mm

  • ·Clawr Meddal - 9781786834881
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‘Kieron Smith has written a truly pioneering book: a deeply researched analytical study of the work for television made by John Ormond, Wales’s greatest twentieth-century documentary filmmaker. Smith’s key argument is that Ormond’s sensibilities as a poet of considerable prowess informed the shape and the content of his disparate films through a creative duality rooted in the social and cultural context of post-1945 Wales. Nuanced, insightful, formidably scholarly and elegantly composed, John Ormond’s Organic Mosaic is an outstanding triumph.’
- Professor Dai Smith

‘John Ormond was a maker of the first order, and in Kieron Smith he has found a critic able to bring out the uniqueness of his work and the interconnectedness of its parts. Smith has the critical range to do justice to Ormond's achievement across its various forms, and he writes with precision and eloquence about an artist for whom the aesthetic and the social were mutually-enriching. This book is a major contribution to the study of Welsh writing in English.’
-Professor Patrick McGuinness, University of Oxford

'John Ormond’s Organic Mosaic is a timely book as it serves to remind us of the considerable contribution of a fine poet and poetic film-maker to Welsh culture, at a time when programmes about a country were also important in shaping a nation’s sense of itself, as well as informing the rest of Britain of our existence.'
- Jon Gower, Nation Cymru


Series Editors’ Preface
1. Introduction: ‘Welsh things to broadcast about’
2. ‘Ormond, you’re a poet!’: Poetry and the Personal Documentary
3. Screening Culture
4. Brokering History
5. Popularising Ethnography
6. Conclusion: The ‘Organic Mosaic’

Cyflwyno'r Awdur(on)

Kieron Smith

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