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John Ormond’s Organic Mosaic

Poetry, Documentary, Nation

Author(s): Kieron Smith

Language: English

Genre(s): Media Film and Theatre

Series: Writing Wales in English

November 2019224 pages

Paperback - 9781786834881 eBook - epub - 9781786834904 eBook - mobi - 9781786834911 eBook - pdf - 9781786834898

About The Book

John Ormond was a poet and documentary filmmaker from Swansea, south Wales. His early poetry was published while he was a student in the 1940s and, upon graduation, Ormond moved to work as a journalist in London where he soon secured a job at the celebrated photojournalist magazine Picture Post. Having learned there to ‘think like a camera’, he was employed by the BBC in Cardiff during the early days of television, and went on to become a pioneer of the documentary film form. In a uniquely dualistic creative career spanning five decades, Ormond made major contributions both to English-language poetry and documentary filmmaking. This book is the first in-depth examination of the fascinating correspondences between Ormond’s twin creative channels: viewing his work against the backdrop of a changing Wales, it constitutes an important case study in the history of documentary filmmaking, in the history of British television, in inter-artistic creativity, and in the cultural history of Wales.


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’

About the Author(s)

Kieron Smith

Dr Kieron Smith is a Lecturer at Swansea University.Kieron Smith is an Honorary Research Fellow at CREW (Centre for Research into the English Literature and Language of Wales), Swansea University.

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