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The cover of The Echoing Green

The image used on the front cover of the book is taken from a photograph by Gladys Mary Coles of Spring Coppice, Mary Webb's 'Little Wood' Lyth Hill.

Gladys Mary Coles's collection takes its title from a poem by William Blake, suggesting both a visionary perception of nature and an engagement with human innocence and experience. In The Echoing Green she returns to major concerns of her earlier work, including the Welsh Landscape, the past and literary figures, but with a new intensity, especially in two ambitious and evocative sequences inspired by her strong attachment to the Welsh/Shropshire border country.

The wilderness of the Mosses along the border provides the basis for a spiritual and historical as well as physical journey in 'Kingdom of Sphagnum', while 'The Land Within' is about the Shropshire novelist, poet and mystic, Mary Webb. Gladys Mary Coles is the leading authority on this author, but 'The Land Within' is the response of a poet rather than a scholar to Mary Webb's life and work. These two long sequences frame a section of richly diverse poems, one group stimulated by paintings.

To buy this book:

The Echoing Green costs £7.50 and was published in October 2001.
ISBN: 978-1-873226-48-3

Gladys Mary Coles

Gladys Mary Coles is a novelist, poet, historian and editor, internationally known for her biographical and critical work on Mary Webb. She has received many prizes and awards, and was selected to represent Britain in the Euro-Literature Project. Her poetry collections include Song of the Butcher Bird and The Echoing Green, plus a novel, Clay, all published by Flambard.

She has a PhD in Creative Writing, tutors workshops across Britain, for the Arvon Foundation and Ty Newydd, and teaches at Liverpool’s universities. She lives on the Dee Estuary and in Wales.


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