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Riverbank City is an Irish poet’s attentive and loving view of the city he has adopted as his second home. In extraordinary images, Ian Watson catches special moments of his Bremen life, oscillating between poetic abundance, irony and sharp wit. This urban canvas is colourfully painted by a great poet with a great heart.

Elke Marion Weiß

Während die Alteingesessenen mit der Blindheit der Gewöhnung geschlagen sind, wandelt hier einer durch die Gassen, der zwar auch schon über ein gerüttelt Maß an Eingesessenheit verfügt, es aber irgendwie fertiggebracht hat, sich über Jahrzehnte hinweg den frischen Blick des Fremdlings zu bewahren, den er nun mit Vergnügen augenzwinkernd teilt.

Michael Augustin


Mehr als sein halbes Leben hat der Werder und Poesie zugeneigte Ire Ian Watson in Bremen zugebracht. Neben Wissenschaftspublikationen, literarischen Übersetzungen und Essays hat er hier viele Gedichte verfasst, darunter manches, das seine Wahlheimat an der Weser thematisiert. In dem Lyrikband "Riverbank City – A Bremen Canvas" versammelt Ian Watson mal empfindsame, mal maßvoll ironische und stets stilsichere Verse zu Bremer Impressionen. Schauplätze sind unter anderem der Osterdeich, der Bürgerpark, die Überseestadt und Vegesack. Besonders spannend an der Lektüre ist die fast exotisch anmutende Verfremdung, die von der Beschreibung vertrauter Orte in englischer Sprache ausgeht. Um nicht zu sagen: "Now Café Sand is almost within our reach."  (wer)   

Weser-Kurier vom 23.6.2013


Ian Watson: Riverbank City – A Bremen Canvas
Paperback / 96 p. / ISBN 978-3-933498-25-0 / € 11,00


Ian Watson

Ian Watson was born in the port and shipbuilding city of Belfast and left for Germany to seek fame and fortune – the quest continues. He now lives in the port and shipbuilding city of Bremen, where he worked as a university lecturer in British and Irish Literature and Creative Writing. He has been writing and publishing poems, articles and literary translations in both English and German for over thirty years. He wrote Song and Democratic Culture in Britain (London/New York 1993) and the school text-book War and Peace: Voices from the Battlefield (Stuttgart 1995) and – with Diethelm Knauf and Jürgen Dragowsk – also co-edited the bi-lingual Alive and Kicking: Fußball zwischen England und Deutschland (Berlin 1994). Kurzpass-Spiel, a German-language book of short texts on football, was published in 2012. His poetry collection Granny’s Interpreter is forthcoming with Salmon Poetry in Ireland. He has worked for radio and television and in 1994 he founded and still co-edits newleaf magazine with Simon Makhali and Julia Boll. He is vice-chairman of the Virtual Literature House in Bremen.


Riverbank City Teaching Material including 14 poems as audio files Calling all teachers of English! This free booklet containing teaching material for Ian Watson’s book Riverbank City: A Bremen Canvas, aimed at Oberstufe students and adult learners, offers teachers a flexible range of exercises and projects which can be used according to time available. They vary from short exercises based on individual poems to four more ambitious projects involving research and excursions in the city. The package includes recordings by the author of all fourteen poems in the teaching material.Ian Watson is available to answer questions and give advice. He will visit schools (and of course also adult learning groups) to discuss the exercises and projects and talk about the book, his feelings about Bremen and about writing poetry. In addition, he can give writing workshops and comment on students’ literary work. Contact details in the booklet. Please spread the word.

 
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