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John Ormond’s Organic Mosaic

Poetry, Documentary, Nation

John Ormond, Welsh poet and BBC documentary filmmaker, led a uniquely multifaceted creative career spanning five decades. He made major, if under-acknowledged, contributions both to English-language poetry and realism in documentary form. Examining his work against the backdrop of a changing Wales, this book is the first in-depth study of the fascinating correspondences between Ormond’s twin artistic channels. Kieron Smith reveals Ormond to be an important case study in the history of documentary filmmaking, British television, in inter-artistic creativity, and in the cultural history of Wales.

224 pages | 5 1/2 x 8 1/2

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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."

Dai Smith

Table of Contents

Series Editors’ Preface Acknowledgements Abbreviations 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. Conc

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