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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

October 2019224 pages216x138mm

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

About The Book

In a uniquely dualistic creative career spanning five decades, John Ormond made major contributions to both English-language poetry and documentary filmmaking. Born in Swansea, he learned to ‘think in terms of pictures’ while working as a journalist in London, where he secured a job at the celebrated photojournalist magazine Picture Post. Employed later by the BBC in Cardiff during the early days of television, Ormond went on to become a pioneer in documentary film. 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, and in the cultural history of Wales.


‘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


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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