Friday, 7 December 2012
Literary Snobbery, Stan Barstow and John from Glasgow
One of the joys of posting here on Life Twice Tasted is the response that comes by many means and from unexpected places. It is always good to see - as I can on my blogsite - the way that readers range around the site and take a look at other, earlier posts as their interest is piqued.
So this week I spot three new brilliant sequential comments from John Haggerty of
on a post I wrote in August 2011 called Stan
Barstow my Dad and Gregory Peck, Click there if you want the
full story including John's comments… Glasgow
Part of my discussion on this post was about literary snobbery. Among other things I said... ' ...These mean, mistaken and ill conceived phrases manage to combine the regional. literary, linguistic and class snobbery that still has a stranglehold on the British literary world. As a writer of some ‘regional literary novels’ myself I too have encountered this same frustrating prejudice . American literature celebrates fiction from its non-metropolitan regions and is much more deep, rich and substantial for it...'
In his comments John Haggerty extends the discussion and, among other insightful things, moves onto the field of music :
'....The Northern folk music scene has given us musicians as diverse as Anne Briggs and Kathryn Tickell. Kathryn's album, NORTHUMBRIAN VOICES, is a living testimony to that rich tradition. Anne has become part of British folklore. Is it possible to contextualise
work against this wider setting? Perhaps we need to rethink our notion of
regionalism in the light of writers such as Ted Hughes, Alan Garner and Shelagh
Delaney. It may be helpful to look at American (South and North) and
Commonwealth writers. Maurice Gee, the Barstow novelist, has put his
own region on the world map. New Zealand Dunedin, Wellington,
are all very much Maurice Gee country. Gee's place-haunted novel GOING WEST is
the kind of work any Auckland
reader would relish....' Barstow
If your interest is piqued, go to the page and read it in full complete with John Haggerty’s comments. Click Stan Barstow my Dad and Gregory Peck, You might even add your own comments!