Whale Nation [Audio]

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Heathcote Williams is a poet, playwright, author, and actor. His first book, The Speakers, was published in 1964. A portrait of the orators at Speakers Corner in Hyde Park, it was greeted with critical acclaim. He went on to write his epic poems Whale Nation, Autogedden, Sacred Elephant, and Falling for a Dolphin, which were all published by Jonathan Cape and released as audiobooks, and have won numerous awards. Heathcote is also an award-winning playwright. His first full length play, AC/DC, won a hat trick of prestigious awards: the Evening Standard Award for Most Promising Play, the George Devine Award, and the John Whiting Award. His later play, The Local Stigmatic, first played at the Royal Court in 1966 and was made into a film by Al Pacino. In 2011, Roy Hutchins launched a show of Heathcote's newer poems entitled Zanzibar Cats which has had a UK Tour and a run in Edinburgh where it won the prestigious Herald Archangel Award. Heathcote lives in Oxford, England with his wife, Diana Senior. Harry Burton is a versatile young actor, who has taken leading roles in many theatrical and operatic productions, including Figaro and Papageno. His TV appearances include First among Equals, Fortunes of War, and Soldier Soldier. Film credits include A Summer Story and The Trial. Caroline Webster works extensively in UK television, radio, and theater. She has appeared in no fewer than four Alan Ayckbourn plays--three of them directed by the playwright--both in Scarborough and the Royal National Theatre, London.


"Part natural history, poetry and ecologic statement, Heathcote Williams's presentation is a moving audio. Listeners will learn and think about whales as never before. In addition, this is a breakthrough in format for audio programs. The presentation combines commentary and prose with historical reference and facts. Williams departs from current forms of spoken audio, such as recorded books, adaptations or radio drama and opens a realm of possibilities. Listeners will be fascinated by the stunning program...Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award."

-- "AudioFile"

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