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A Mesh of Wires
A pamphlet of poems that was shortlisted for the Forward Prize in 2000
A Pilgrim in Spain
A pleasant and, I have to say, old-fashioned travel book through contemporary Spain. Evocatively written and discursive; - the author didn't take a camera and the book is all the better as a result. He has an eye for the humorous and the strange
Al Otro Lado del Aguilar
Christopher North / Terry Gifford
Bilingual poetry collection (Oversteps Books)
ISBN 978 1 906856 18 2
Birthday Letters - Collected Poems
Ted Hughes - Sylvia Plath
For some evocative poems written about their experiences in Alicante and Benidorm during their honeymoon in 1956.
This is Matthew Sweeney's tenth collection and a Poetry Book Society recommendation. It includes a number of poems written at the Almassera - including 'Procession' , 'Stone' (for Sandra), and 'Practice'.
Child: New and Selected Poems
ISBN 978 1 84777 094 3
A PBS Special Recommendation by regular Almassera workshop tutor, Mimi Khalvati
A brilliant pamphlet collection - a PBS Summer pamphlet choice. Four poems have description of the Almassera Vella including a delightful appearance of Lula. Mimi is to tutor a course at the Almassera Vella starting August 30th 2014
Explaining the Circumstances
My first full collection of poems, published by Oversteps Books in 2010 - ten of the poems relate to our experience of living in Relleu.
Tamar Yoseloff's third collection - it includes a poem 'Siesta' that was written at the Almassera - with a fine evocation of the siesta hour.
Flamingoes in the Desert
A book about Almeria province but nonetheless with many resonances for Alicante province. Explorations in to wild-life, hill-walking, the film world, geology, industrial archaeology and life in Spain generally
Johnny Panic and the Bible of Dreams
for the ‘The Widow Mangada’ about a formidable Benidorm landlady. – also Plath’s ‘Letters Home’ and ‘The Journals of Sylvia Plath’ contain some interesting material.
A contemporary Spanish novel set in Alicante. (In Spanish).
A beautifully written and moving memoir describing a young woman's attempts to come to terms with the tragic loss of her parent's before she was able to resolve her relationship with them. Much of the narrative takes place in Spain - the life of Figeras a town on the Costa Brava in the 60's is splendidly evoked.
Master and Commander
The first in a series of wonderful novels depicting Naval life during the Napoleonic Wars. Much of the action of this opening book takes place off the Levant coast (the 'Costa Blanca')
Our Lady of the Sewers
Some witty essays about life in Spain.
Jane Draycott's third full collection. Formerly one of the Oxford Poets and former winner of the Keats Shelley Prize, Jane has tutored at the Almassera Vella and worked here on retreat. Her haunting poem 'Return to Relleu' is included in this fine collection.
Presencia de Xavier Soler
A monograph (in Spanish) on the Alicante landscape Artist Xavier Soler. An artist that really caught the textures, colour and ambience of the Marina Baja landscape.
Red Rock Dreaming
The poets of Stanza Alacant
An anthology of work from the Poetry Society 'Stanza Alacant' based in Benissa and Chaired by Christopher North. The poems here are 'evocations of life on the Levant coast. Some are translated. "A complex map of landscape, history, politics and feeling" Jane Draycott.
Available from Rod Davis
Her brilliant seventh collection of poems - shortlisted for the TS Eliot prize in 2006.
Running Out of Space
John Foggin's latest pamphlet collection. Two recently won major competitions. Most started life at the Almassera Vella - including the moving 'Broken English'
Running Out of Space
John's first pamphlet collection - mostly drafted here. It includes the moving 'Broken English'. John has an MA in Creative Writing from the University of Leeds and was first prize winner in the Lumen/Camden Poetry Competition 2014 and the Plough Poetry Competition in 2013
Sandgrains and Hourglass
Penelope Shuttle's ninth collection of poems; very much a companion volume to her much acclaimed 'Redgrove's Wife'. Some of these poems were drafted at the Almassera Vella.
Secrets of the Pomegranate
A dramatic first novel concerning expat life in Granada. Barbara comes on writing retreats to the Almassera Vella from Sacramonte, Granada
The Forging of a Rebel
Autobiographical trilogy - and one of the best books I know for evoking Spain just before and during the Civil War. The author acted as a press officer for the Republicans - and during the height of the seige of Madrid he takes a recuperative break in Altea on the coast near Relleu. The chapter in question brilliantly evokes the Levant coast at that time - before tourism obliterated the old coastal towns.
The Meanest Flower
This poetry collection , recommended by the Poetry Book Society includes the long poem 'A Mediterranean of the Mind' which was written on retreat at the Almassera and is a fine evocation of the village and its people.
The Night Surveyor
My latest collection from Oversteps Books. These are poems that explore family roots and encounters with literature and landscape - 'Unafraid and personal' Jane Draycott
I will be running a course on the writer's journal starting November 22nd this year.
The Penguin Book of Spanish Verse
ed. J M Cohen
Thorough with prose translations.
The Prison Poems
Alicante's Civil War Poet - a friend of Garcia Lorca , Hernandez is less known internationally but is as significant a poet. Translated and introduced by Michael Smith. There is also a Bloodaxe bi-lingual selection of Hernandez poetry
The Unreliable Mushrooms: New and Selected Poems
New and Selected poems from Terry Gifford who spends half the year in Sella, the nearest village to Relleu. Terry is a leading scholar on the work of Ted Hughes and will be running a Ted Hughes Study Week at the Almassera Vella starting October 4th 2014
Wolves Recently Sighted
Published in 2014 by Templar Books - a collection of poems - most inspired by life and experiences on the Levant coast of Spain. It was a prizewinner in the Templar Pamphlet competition of 2014