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Audiobooks Narrated by Ghizela Rowe

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Christmas Poetry Audiobook

Christmas Poetry

Christmas, they say, comes but once a year. In these days it seems to also last for much of that year.For the religious amongst us this annual celebration of the Birth of Christ must seem bitter sweet; it's acknowledgment by billions of people countered by the pervasive spread of material possessions translating the event to little more than a sales pitch for their own wares. Most religions celebrate their founders but Christianity seems somehow to have lost possession of one of its key rituals in an ever more secular West. The spread of globalisation seems to have hindered rather than helped the true meaning of the festival. Children today are much more interested in what presents they might receive than any spiritual message. As parents too, most of us buy into this and we seem to indulge our offspring rather than the themes and aims of the festival's meaning common to us all. In this collection we rely on the words and wisdom of such fine poets as John Milton, Emily Dickinson, Sir Walter Scott, Daniel Sheehan, Wordsworth, Longfellow and a whole host of others to absorb us in a Christmas time of hope and togetherness set amongst a landscape of winter wonderment and Nature's palest palette. The experiences and memories they share with us speak of a time, of a world that did have a common purpose and an ambition to share good fortune with everyone.

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Christmas -  Stories from the Dark Side Audiobook

Christmas - Stories from the Dark Side

Christmas may come but once a year but evil, intrigue and malevolence are everyday events.Within this volume Christmas is a time when these dark forces form and coalesce to take life and liberty from people who may and who may not deserve the spin of its wheel.Some are merely evil, others have the beginnings of a conscience that displays itself in a dialogue with the devil, or perhaps only themselves.But, in this volume Christmas takes a ringside seat to the horrors of the human heart.

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Poems for Men Audiobook

Poems for Men

Do men need poems?Is the gender of brawn and 'can-do' really a candidate for honeyed verse?Obviously yes. Through the centuries men seem to dominate the writing of poetry. From books of epics to quatrains of love poetry it seemed to be a man's world. His domain.But take away the stirring deeds of adventure and much of what remains was written in the admiration or pursuit of women.A volume purely for men, to show other facets of their personalities and characters seems to be an obvious choice. One verse fits all is, in fact, far removed from the truth.Men needs words. They need support, understanding as well as goals, ambition and structure. They need purpose, desire; the need to love and be loved.

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The Poetry of Katherine Mansfield Audiobook

The Poetry of Katherine Mansfield

Author: Katherine Mansfield Narrator: Ghizela Rowe, Libby Brunton, Shyama Perera Release Date: November 2020

Katherine was born on the 14th October 1888 into a prominent family in Wellington, New Zealand, the middle child of five.A gifted celloist, at one point she thought she might take it up professionally but writing gradually began to move to the forefront of her interests. Her first writings were published at an early age in school magazines.At 19 Katherine left for England where she met and befriended the modernist writers D.H. Lawrence and Virginia Woolf amongst others. She then travelled to Europe before returning to New Zealand. There she began to write the short stories that she would later become so famous for. Her stories often focus on moments of disruption and frequently open rather abruptly. There was another less-heralded side to Katherine's writings; that of poetry. Her verse certainly reflects much of the themes of her life and interests. Many poems are beautiful, thoughtful, tender and observant works on the human condition. Some though seem out of kilter for so great a talent, almost child-like in form and content. But taken as yet another facet of her work they accomplish much in helping us to understand her.By 1908 she had returned to London and to a rather more bohemian lifestyle. Life was to be lived and enjoyed. A passionate affair resulted in her becoming pregnant and in her being married off to an older man. But she left him the same evening with the marriage unconsummated. She was then to miscarry and be cut out of her mother's will (allegedly because of her lesbianism).In 1911 she was to start a relationship with John Middleton Murry, a magazine editor, and although it was volatile he supported her work and she wrote some of her best stories.During the First World War Mansfield contracted extrapulmonary tuberculosis, which rendered any return or visit to New Zealand impossible and led to her death at the tender age of 34 on 9th January 1923 in Fontainebleau, France.

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The Poetry of Alice Meynell Audiobook

The Poetry of Alice Meynell

Author: Alice Meynell Narrator: Ghizela Rowe, Laurel Lefkow, Libby Brunton Release Date: November 2020

Alice Christiana Gertrude Thompson was born on 22nd September 1847 in Barnes, London.Her family travelled widely meaning that Alice's early years were spent around England, Switzerland, and France before finally settling in Italy. Her dedicated interest in religion brought a conversion to the Catholic faith. Much of that viewpoint is seen in her first published volume in 1875, 'Preludes'.In 1876 she married Wilfred Meynell, the newspaper publisher and editor and together they set up and published a number of magazines as well as publishing the initial works of several poets including Francis Thompson.Despite a hectic lifestyle of her own poetry and essays together with the family business she gave birth to eight children. Her health though was erratic, and she was frequently incapacitated by illness including migraines and depressions.As the new century dawned she along with many other artists began to question the colonial needs of Empire with its segregation and oppression. In particular she sought and gained a role in the Women's Suffrage movement as it attempted to obtain greater equality for women. Today Alice is often overlooked for the quality and stature of her poetry which, during her career brought serious official consideration. She was twice considered but passed over for the post of poet laureate after the deaths of Alfred Lord Tennyson and Alfred Austin.Alice Meynell died on 27th November 1922. She is buried in Kensal Green Cemetery in London.

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The Spectre of Tappington Audiobook

The Spectre of Tappington

Author: Richard Harris Barham Narrator: David Shaw-Parker, Ghizela Rowe Release Date: November 2020

Richard Harris Barham was born in Canterbury, England on 6th December 1788. His father died when he was seven leaving him a small estate, including the manor of Tappington of Denton in Kent. As a nine-year old he was sent to St Paul's School where, in an accident, one of his arms was partially crippled. His focus went from the physical to the mental and he became a dedicated reader and diligent student.In 1807 he entered Brasenose College, Oxford, to study Law. However he decided instead that his path in life was to be religious and in 1813 he was ordained and accepted a country curacy and in 1821 he received the post of minor canon of St. Paul's Cathedral in London, where he served as a cardinal. Three years later he became one of the priests in ordinary of the King's Chapel Royal.In 1826 Barham first contributed to Blackwood's Magazine; and in 1837 he began to write, for the recently founded magazine, Bentley's Miscellany, a series of tales and poems known as 'The Ingoldsby Legends'. These became very popular and were later published in book form.Richard Harris Barham died at the age of 56 after a long and painful illness in London on 17th June 1845.

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The Prediction Audiobook

The Prediction

Author: Mary Diana Dods Writing As David Lyndsey Narrator: David Shaw-Parker, Ghizela Rowe Release Date: November 2020

Mary Diana Dods was born at some point in 1790. Much of the details of her life are unknown.Accounts propose that she was one of the illegitimate daughters of George Douglas, the sixteenth Earl of Morton and that she and her older sister were raised in both Scotland and London. At the time a good education for women was a rarity but it seems Mary attended school or was home tutored.As a writer she seems only to have published under the pseudonym of David Lyndsay. Her works appeared in periodicals such as Blackwood's Magazine and in 1822 she was asked by its founder to provide it with 'Dramas of the Ancient World'. Writing as a male author in Victorian England gave her freedoms which would not be extended to her own gender and, as David Lyndsay, she was able to support herself. However, by 1822 her letters show that the advent of liver disease was interfering with both work and life.Dods thought herself a good theatre critic, was comfortable with her Scottish background and fluent in French, German, Italian, Latin, and Spanish.She also assumed a male persona as the diplomat and scholar Walter Sholto Douglas, ostensibly the spouse of Isabella Robinson. The marriage was, in part, a veil for Robinson's illegitimate pregnancy. They named the child Adeline Douglas.In 1827 her good friend and supporter Mary Shelley helped Dods and Robinson too obtain false passports, and to travel to Paris as Mr and Mrs Douglas. In her last years she suffered further attacks of liver disease together with other unnamed mental and physical illnesses. Her finances had always been a struggle and now her debts consigned her to a debtor's prison. It was there, after several months within its grim walls, that Mary Diana Dods died of her ailments at some unrecorded date between November 1829 and November 1830.

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A Jury of Her Peers Audiobook

A Jury of Her Peers

Author: Susan Glaspell Narrator: Ghizela Rowe, Laurel Lefkow Release Date: November 2020

Susan Keating Glaspell was born on July 1st, 1876 in Davenport, Iowa. Glaspell, a precocious child, was an active student at Davenport High School. By 18 she was earning a salary at the local newspaper as a journalist, and by 20 she was the author of a weekly 'Society' column. At 21 she enrolled for Philosophy at Drake University, in Des Moines, where she excelled in debate competitions, and represented them at the state tournament. After graduation, Glaspell again worked as a reporter, still a rare position for a woman, and assigned to cover the state legislature and murder cases.At 24, after covering the conviction of a woman accused of murdering her abusive husband, Glaspell abruptly resigned and returned to Davenport, and a career writing fiction. Her stories were published by periodicals, including Harper's and Munsey's. In 1909, moving to Chicago she wrote her debut novel, 'The Glory of the Conquered'. It was a best-seller. So too her 2nd and 3rd and to glowing reviews.With her husband Glaspell founded the Provincetown Playhouse for plays that reflected contemporary issues. Her first play, 'Trifles' (1916), was based on the murder trial she covered as a young reporter and later adapted as the short story 'A Jury of Her Peers'. She wrote 12 plays over 7 years for the company. By 1918 Glaspell was considered one of America's most significant new playwrights. Despite its success theatre work did not make financial sense and she continued to submit short stories in order to support her and her husband during their years with the theater. In 1931 her play, 'Alison's House', received the Pulitzer Prize. She continued to write and now with themes increasingly based on her surroundings, on family life, and on theistic questions.Susan Keating Glaspell died of viral pneumonia in Provincetown, Massachusetts on 28th July 1948.

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To Build A Fire Audiobook

To Build A Fire

Author: Jack London Narrator: Christopher Ragland, Ghizela Rowe Release Date: November 2020

John Griffith Chaney was born on January 12th, 1876 in San Francisco. His father, William Chaney, was living with Flora Wellman when she became pregnant. Chaney insisted she have an abortion. Flora's response was to turn a gun on herself. Although her wounds were not severe the trauma made her temporarily deranged.In late 1876 his mother married John London and the young child was brought to live with them as they moved around the Bay area, eventually settling in Oakland where now, calling himself Jack, he completed grade school.Jack worked hard at several jobs, sometimes 12-18 hours a day, but his dream was university. He studied hard and borrowed the money to enrol in the summer of 1896 at the University of California in Berkeley.In 1897, at 21, Jack searched out newspaper accounts of his mother's suicide attempt and for the name of his biological father. He wrote to Chaney, then living in Chicago, who claimed he could not be Jack's father because he was impotent and casually asserted that London's mother had relations with other men. Jack, devastated by the response, quit Berkeley and went to the Klondike. Other accounts suggest that his dire finances presented Jack with the excuse he needed to leave.In the Klondike Jack began to gather material for his writing but also accumulated many health problems, including scurvy, which together with hip and leg problems he would carry for the rest of his life.During the late 1890's Jack was regularly publishing short stories and by the turn of the century full blown novels.By 1904 Jack had married, fathered two children and was now in the process of divorcing. A stint as a reporter on the Russo-Japanese war of 1904 was equal amounts trouble and experience. But that experience was always put to good use in a continuing and remarkable output of work.In 1905 he married Charmian Kittredge who at last was a soul and companion who brought him some semblance of peace despite his advancing alcoholism and his incurable wanderlust.Twelve years later Jack had amassed both wealth and a literary reputation through such classics as 'The Call of the Wild', 'White Fang' and many others. He had a reputation as a social activist and was a tireless friend of the workers. Jack London died suffering from dysentery, late-stage alcoholism and uremia, aged only 40, on November 22nd 1916 at his property in Glen Elen in California.

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Christmas Eve in War Times Audiobook

Christmas Eve in War Times

Author: Edward Payson Roe Narrator: Christopher Ragland, Ghizela Rowe Release Date: November 2020

Edward Payson Roe was born on 17th March 1838 in the village of Moodna, now part of New Windsor, in New York State. He received his education at Williams College and thence entered Auburn Theological Seminary. In 1862 he was appointed as chaplain to the Second New York Cavalry, U.S.V., and a couple of years later, as the chaplain of Hampton Hospital, in Virginia. During the American Civil War, he wrote weekly letters to the New York Evangelist, published in other periodicals and lectured on the Civil war. This also proved the background for one of his most popular and enduring works - 'Christmas Eve in War Times'.In 1866 he became the pastor of the First Presbyterian Church at Highland Falls, New York before in 1874 moving to Cornwall-on-Hudson, where he was at last able to spend all his time writing fiction and pursuing his love of horticulture. His novels found a wide and engaged audience in the English speaking world and most were translated into several European languages. With his religious background and strong moral purpose he helped influence his audience against the puritan prejudice of enjoying works of fiction.Edward Payson Roe died at the age of only 50 on 19th July 1888 at Cornwall-on-Hudson and is buried at the local Willow Dell Cemetery

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The Imagists Audiobook

The Imagists

Author: Amy Lowell, Ezra Pound, Hilda Doolittle Narrator: David Shaw-Parker, Ghizela Rowe, Richard Mitchley Release Date: October 2020

In the early 1900s a new movement in poetry began. With the new century came new thinking, a reaction to both romanticism and the more formal, structured poetry of the Victorian era. Here was poetry designed to be simple, clear and precise, rather than be adorned and encrusted with more from the lexicon than what was actually needed.The original ideas sprang from T. E Hulme and from these Ezra Pound created the structure for its development. Akin to the Ancient Greek lyricists and the Japanese Haiku poets who went from fixed meters to free verse.I. Direct treatment of the "thing," whether subjective or objective. II. To use absolutely no word that does not contribute to the presentation. III. As regarding rhythm: to compose in sequence of the musical phrase, not in sequence of the metronome.Hilda Doolittle (H.D.) William Carlos Williams, Richard Aldington and James Joyce added their talents to an anthology edited by Pound, swiftly followed by Amy Lowell assuming leadership and adding both monies and 3 further anthology volumes. By the end of the Great War in 1918 the movement was being absorbed into the broader modernist movement. Its time may have passed but its indelible mark was made.

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The Poetry of Sleep Audiobook

The Poetry of Sleep

Sleep. That most mysterious of times. The unconscious hours.Everyone needs it. Whether it's the recommended eight hours, forty winks, cat naps, power naps or other shades of blissful slumber. Sleep offers a respite from the rigors and challenges of the day. A chance for the brain to process what has happened and bring rest and recuperation before the cycle of daytime activity begins again.Also, perchance to dream or, if we are unlucky, the visitation of nightmares.But for some people sleep does not come easy. These can be wakeful hours of frustration or tedium where closing the eyes does not bring the closing of the mind and the slumber so keenly wanted.Part of the problem, in this increasingly frenetic 24/7 world is that we seem reluctant or unable to switch off enough to recuperate; we might miss something. But slumbered hours bring gains in health that far outweigh transitory loss.Our poets from Kipling and Swinburne through Hafiz, James Joyce, Edgar Allan Poe and a pillowful of others explore the wish to rest, to close the eyes and reside in the land of nod.

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