Poetry Party Manifesto 2015

Source: Brian Bilston Twitter feed.

A  self-decscribed  British blogger, book-collector, book-dealer, publisher and writer featured childrens’ author Rosemary Sutcliff  a number of times on his blog, in one instance writing of the illustrations in the 1955 novel Outcast (OUP, 1955).
(The illustrator) Richard Pitt Kennedy … worked as a publisher’s apprentice at the Hogarth Press under Virginia and Leonard Woolf. He was a prolific illustrator and from what I can see, these illustrations for Sutcliff, which look like crayon on textured board are somewhat unusual for a man whose main illustration work was done in pen and ink wash. He was a great admirer of Henri Gaudier-Brzeska, one of the founders of the Vorticist movement; there is little sign of that in these images. But he was prolific and clearly, someone who illustrates such a quantity of material is going to demonstrate a certain variety over time.

I have been doing some experiments for pictures of Rosemary Sutcliff  and her work and words, to use on Twitter, @rsutcliff. Favourite quotes very welcome in comments below … First words of Rosemary Sutcliff autobiography Closing words of Rosemary Sutcliff’s autobiography


 Ghost Story, a  film directed by Stephen Weeks in 1974, was co-written by Rosemary Sutcliff; or at least she has ‘story’ and ‘screenplay’ credits. Marianne Faithfull was in it.  (Source: IMDb).


In 1984 Rosemary Sutcliff helped write Sword of the Valiant – The Legend of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight – starring Sean Connery. It was directed by Stephen Weeks.  The film also starred Trevor Howard.  (Source)

Signature of Rosemary Sutcliff showing her name is not Sutcliffe with an E

Helen has posted  a comment on her choice of best Rosemary Sutcliff book which speaks of “the features which make up the ‘sum of parts’ that are a Rosemary Sutcliff  novel” and  “the indefinable minstrel’s magic that makes it all alive”:

  • A hero, set apart from his peers both by his injury and his past
  • Landscape and the seasons as living entities in themselves
  • Friendship
  • Adventure
  • Scenes of slow tension and thrilling escape
  • Flashes of both humour and horror
  • The sense and quest for justice and fairness
  • The clash of two worlds and the places where the distance narrows to nothing between them
  • The relationship between man and dog, and to a lesser degree, man and horse
  • The slow romance
  • Understanding of a military world
  • The hopeful, ‘song of new beginnings’ ending
  • Devon. Of course, Devon!

And what, dear reader and Rosemary Sutcliff enthusiast, do you think? Do post a comment below.

I am trying to collect here in the comments (and via Twitter @rsutcliff) people’s views about which is Rosemary Sutcliff’s best book, and why….

List of Rosemary Sutcliff’s books

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