Troubador Peacetime

Released: 28/01/2015

ISBN: 9781784621117

Format: Paperback

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Peacetime offers a long-overdue opportunity to enjoy the work of a distinctive voice from the poetry renaissance of the late 1960s and early 1970s. James Vollmar’s poetry has been published widely in literary magazines, anthologies and booklets in the UK and the USA and appears here in collected format for the first time. Although now best known as a playwright and screenwriter, James Vollmar’s first love was always poetry. This new collection gathers some of the best of his published work, alongside previously unpublished pieces and more recent poems such as the Norfolk-inspired sequence ‘Shoreline’. Drawing inspiration from travels in the USA, Italy and the Scottish islands, as well as the cities and landscapes of the poet’s home country, Peacetime offers an opportunity to enjoy the work of a genuine ‘survivor’ of the 1970s poetry boom, and will appeal to all interested in the culture of that period.

Reader responses to 'Juke Box Karma' have been much appreciated:-

'Not only a hugely engaging book but also an important one. I loved its spirit of restless enquiry, its sharply drawn vignettes of place and time and those coruscating tirades against the empty trashiness of much which prevails. Those latter seemed to me to have the near-biblical cadences of a zealous old testament prophet or D.H Lawrence astride one of his favourite hobby-horses..' Paul Ward Poet, playwright, director: Arundel Festival & Christ's Hospital School

'I thoroughly enjoyed 'Juke Box Karma' with its wide-ranging remit both autobiographical and philosophical. Provides much to discuss' David Braine Musician/composer

'An absolute joy... the writing is hugely enjoyable and evocative' Michael G.Davies Writer/critic/composer

On 12 October 2018 James gave a reading at Tortington Church Sussex as part of the South Downs Poetry Festival.

Confirmed readings by James Vollmar for 2019:-

9 June: Earl's Barton Literary Festival

Saturday 9 November: Moulton Literary Festival Northants. James reads from 12noon to 1pm.

Saturday 30 November from 10.30 James will be signing copies of his books at the Kenilworth Bookshop Talisman Square Kenilworth Warwickshire.

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James Vollmar

James Vollmar was born in Northamptonshire in 1952 and attended local grammar school and London University. He had a variety of jobs before becoming a professional writer, including clerical officer with the DHSS, petrol station cashier, van driver, courier and porter, and also spent a number of years in publishing. He began his writing career as a poet and his work has appeared in a wide variety of literary magazines, anthologies and booklets. He is delighted that a representative selection of his poetry is now available in the Matador collection Peacetime .

James Vollmar's first play The Smallest Doll was produced in 1987 and his large scale community play The Kingdom of the Rose was seen in his home town of Higham Ferrers in 1995. He subsequently wrote two plays for Eastern Angles Ipswich - Crossroad Blues and The Last Laugh - and another for Forest Forge Hampshire GI Blues . His one act play Clearing the Colours was produced by Sir Alan Ayckbourn at the Stephen Joseph Theatre Scarborough and another Timetable was seen at the Arundel Festival.

James has worked on a number of screenplays and several short films including Conference and Second Glance directed by Stacey Swift and Bittersweet with Russian director Alexander Bakshaev. A film adaptation of his one act play Timetable is now in post-production.

Having spent some years in London and Edinburgh James now lives in Northampton with his wife June. There he enjoys reading, cinema and playing his guitars. He lives within easy reach of Northamptonshire County Cricket Club, of whom he is a keen fan, and well out of reach of the British literary and theatrical establishment, of whom he isn't. Given half a chance he and his wife will escape to the Norfolk or Dorset coasts.

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