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Andrew McNeillie and Julian Bell – Arkwork with Artwork (Clutag Press, 2006)

Announcing the publication of ARKWORK with ARTWORK by Andrew McNeillie and Julian Bell, published March 2006 24pp 170mm x 240mm     ISBN 0-9547275-5-X ‘Arkwork’, a series of eleven sonnets by Andrew McNeillie, finds in the loss of the Stranraer-Larne ferry in January 1953, in which 133 passengers and crew drowned, a focus for a reflection on the literary history of shipwreck, death, and survival. The poems are superbly illustrated in dramatic drawings by the artist Julian Bell. (vii) ALTOGETHER ELSEWHERE They went aboard in ones and twos, in no great shape or order. The usual kind of crowd and would be casual but for those quayside feeling queasy blues. They were thrown together… (Excuse me.) But they’d need more than dry…

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