The English translation of the Bible authorised by King James (the King James Version, or KJV) was first published in 1611, and has long been the most famous work of English literature in the world. From the vibrant era of Shakespeare until today, the KJV’s potent rendering of Christian scripture has found its way into countless novels, plays and poems, as authors have seized the words, meanings and stories it contains. This collection celebrates the KJV with poetry from some of Britain’s most interesting voices, and illustrates the reverent, provocative, jocular and deeply affecting ways in which contemporary poets can bridge the past and the present by imaginatively reflecting on this extraordinary text.
KJV: Old Text ~ New Poetry
Fleur Adcock, Michael Bartholomew-Biggs, Roger Caldwell, David Charleston, Kevin Crossley-Holland, Keith Currie, Ian Duhig, Antony Dunn, Mike Harwood, Tobias Hill, Angela Livingstone, Hilary Llewellyn-Williams, Katrina Naomi, Mario Petrucci, Clare Pollard, Katrina Porteous, Anne Ryland, Penelope Shuttle, Pauline Stainer, Philip Terry, Robert Vas Dias, Christine Webb, James Knox Whittet
edited by Joan Norlev Taylor, Adrian May and Pam Job
Wivenbooks, 2011 ~ ISBN 978-0-9557313-8-9 ~ £7.99
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BOOK LAUNCH AND READING
TEMPLE CHURCH, LONDON, EC4 -- SUNDAY, JULY 3, 2011, 4-6 pm
Come and hear poets read. Special price books for sale only at this event.
For directions see http://www.templechurch.com/FindUs/default.html