Maytree 24 – The Sound Recordist

It’s cover reveal time and we are thrilled to again be working with Saltaire based artist, Paula Dunn.

The Sound Recordist by Seán Street (Maytree 24) features the wonderful image, Evening Stillness created by Paula in 2020. The collection will be released on the 26 March 2021.

Seán describes the book as a sequence based on a life’s work in radio and a fascinating insight into British broadcasting.

About the author:

Seán Street is a poet, radio practitioner, teacher, and a writer of many prose
works that explore the philosophical nature of sound. He spent his schooldays
in Sheffield and student years in Birmingham where he embarked on a career
as an actor, initially at the old Birmingham Repertory Theatre, before moving
into radio. He has published nine full collections of poems, the latest of which,
Camera Obscura (Rockingham Press, May 2016,) examines his
preoccupation with time, space and communication, as did his anthology of
radio poems, Radio Waves (Enitharmon , 2004). His latest prose work is The
Sound of a Room: Memory and the Auditory Presence of Place. (Routledge,
2020.) Between 2017 and 2019, Palgrave Macmillan published his Sound
Poetics trilogy: Sound Poetics (2017) Sound at the Edge of Perception (2018)
and The Sound Inside the Silence (2019). Other prose includes The Poetry
of Radio – The Colour of Sound (Routledge, 2013), which was published in
2013, followed by The Memory of Sound – Preserving the Sonic Past, also by
Routledge, (2014). In 2015 Rowman and Littlefield published an updated,
extended and revised edition of his 2006 work, The Historical Dictionary of
British Radio. Other prose includes The Dymock Poets (Seren, 1994, new
edition, 2014) and The Wreck of the Deutschland (Souvenir Press, 1993), an
historical study of events surrounding the writing of Gerard Manley Hopkins’s
great poem. He is a regular collaborator with the English choral composer,
Cecilia McDowall and their work is published by Oxford University Press.
Cecilia and Seán are currently engaged on a major three-part work
commissioned by Glasgow School of Art Choir, to be premiered in 2022. In
the Spring of 2020, BBC Radio 3 commissioned their work, Photo 51, about
the crystallographer Rosalind Franklin.

Seán sees no divide between his practice as a radio writer, producer and
presenter, his research into sound aesthetics, and his poetry, pointing to the
subtitle of the second of his Palgrave trilogy to underline the fact that his
interest above all is ‘the aural minutiae of sand and other worldly
murmurings,’ and how deep listening helps to explain living. His most recent
poetry grows out of a lifetime working with sound, reflecting on its crucial
place within and around us, and this new sequence comes directly from
listening, using the metaphor of the microphone and recording machine as a
non-judgemental witness to Place and history, through pain and cruelty to the
consolations and inspirations of art and music and the natural world, finally
moving towards a quest for silence and stillness. Isolation, alienation, exile
and loneliness are themes; but above all the human voice – its dialects,
timbres and its sense of communicating a self – is a recurring motif.

Seán is Emeritus Professor at Bournemouth University, where he
gained his PhD in 2003. He now lives in Liverpool.

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