James Simmons - Spectrum (Insert)

James Simmons - Spectrum (Insert)

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Location

Belfast

Year

1985

Date

Transmission 11/04/1985

Length

02min 54sec

Audio

sound

Format

Betacam

colour

Source

Digitised as part of the UTV Archive Partnership Project (ITV, Northern Ireland Screen and PRONI)

Courtesy

Department for Communities, ITV, Public Record Office of Northern Ireland

Rights Holder

ITV

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Description

A glimpse of the writer James Simmons performing his poem 'The Pleasant Joys of Brotherhood' to the tune of 'My Lagan 'Love', before reading an excerpt from another of his works about the harvest. Final scenes see him typing at his desk and walking away.

Notes

James Simmons (1933–2001) was a poet, literary critic and songwriter from Derry, Northern Ireland. He was born into a middle-class Protestant family and attended Campbell College in Belfast before going to the University of Leeds.

During the 1970's, he was the inspiration and leading light for the 'Resistance Cabaret', which combined song and poetry which were embedded with political commentary. Simmons was also a member of 'The Belfast Group' with other notable writers such as Michael Longley, Seamus Heaney and Derek Mahon.  


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 A UTV Production.

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