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Oxford Poets 2004
Edited by David Constantine and Bernard O'Donoghue
Categories: 21st Century, Anthologies
Publisher: Carcanet Press
Paperback (144 pages)
(Pub. May 2004)
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The fourth OxfordPoets anthology brings together the work of both new and of more established poets and introduces them to a wider readership. Like previous OxfordPoets anthologies, it celebrates the vitality of the new writing on the Oxford list. The poets included represent the rich variety of concerns, voices and strategies in current writing. All share the candour and invention that are hallmarks of the series.
Featuring poetry by
Oxford Poets 2004 is published by Carcanet Press in association with the English Faculty of the University of Oxford.
Awards won by David Constantine Short-listed, 2010 Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award (The Shieling) Winner, 2013 Frank O'Connor International Short Story Prize
(Tea at the Midland) Winner, 2010 BBC National Short Story Award
(Tea at the Midland)
Praise for David Constantine 'I started reading these stories quietly, and then became obsessed, read them all fast, and started re-reading them again and again. They are gripping tales, but what is startling is the quality of the writing. Every sentence is both unpredictable and exactly what it should be. Reading them is a series of short shocks of (agreeably envious) pleasure...'
AS Byatt, Book of the Week, The Guardian 'Flawless and unsettling.'
Boyd Tonkin, Books of the Year 2005, The Independent
'Touched at times with humour and infused with compassion, these complex, nuanced stories speak repeatedly of lives lived in some form of exile, yet manage to keep in play the possibility that exile is not, contrary to appearances, our true condition.'
New Welsh Review 'A. S. Byatt has described reading a previous collection of Constantine's short fiction as akin to experiencing ''a series of short shocks of (agreeably envious) pleasure''. Tea at the Midland shows the author to be on equally sparkling form again.'
'The excellence of the collection is fractal: the whole book is excellent, and every story is excellent, and every paragraph is excellent, and every sentence is excellent. And, unlike some literary fiction, it's effortless to read.'
The Independent on Sunday
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