eds. Gerald Dawe, Maria Johnston & Clare Wallace
ISBN 80-7308-241-3 (paperback). 120pp.
Publication date: October 2008

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ed. Clare Wallace
ISBN 80-7308-240-6 (paperback). 580pp.
Publication date: October 2008

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Stewart Parker ranks among Ireland's most innovative dramatists and yet as the twentieth anniversary of his death approaches, critical engagement with his work has still much ground to cover. With the exception of The Actress and the Bishop (1976) and Kingdom Come (1977), Stewart Parker's theatre plays have remained in print with Methuen. This is the only material that is currently widely available to scholars, students and readers. However, Parker's work extends well beyond this known core including numerous journalistic writings, literary criticism, radio and television plays.

In honour of the twentieth anniversary of Stewart Parker's death, Litteraria Pragensia Books is proud to announce the publication of a two volume set of Parker's TV plays and journalistic writings with critical introductions. Both volumes provide unique and long overdue perspectives on Parker's work in an accessible format aimed to extend critical acknowledgement of Parker's status as one of the most versatile and engaging writers to emerge in Northern Ireland in the 1970s and 1980s.

"As in the best of his stage work, so in the best of his TV plays, Parker was able to image human relationships in all their regenerative power, irrespective of the social and political specificity within which those relationships are set. This collection allows us to appreciate the whole range and ambition of dramas but also, and above all, they set the scene for moving Parker's critical profile from a few pages to a full and informed critique of his total oeuvre."
--Shaun Richards, Irish Studies Review

introduced by Gerald Dawe (TCD) is devoted to Parker's literary journalism and criticism. Contents include 'Dramatis Personae' (Parker's John Malone Memorial Lecture); a selection of Parker's articles from The Irish Times, The Belfast News Letter, Honest Ulsterman, Fortnight, The Evening Standard, Canadian Journal of Irish Studies, Irish University Review; and the introductions Parker wrote for Lost Belongings, his 'three plays for Ireland' and Sam Thompson's Over the Bridge. Postscript by Clare Wallace.

introduced by Clare Wallace (Charles University) includes the scripts and production details of six of Parker's television plays: Lost Belongings; Radio Pictures; Blue Money; Iris in the Traffic, Ruby in the Rain; Joyce in June; I'm a Dreamer Montreal.

STEWART PARKER: DRAMATIS PERSONAE & OTHER WRITINGS and TELEVISION PLAYS were launched at the Stewart Parker Conference (31st-2nd Nov. 2008) at Queen's University Belfast, where screenings of the television plays were also scheduled.

The Prague launch of both books will take place at Cafe Montmartre, Retezova 7, 2pm, Sunday 7 December, hosted by the Irish Embassy. A rehearsed reading of excerpts from Joyce in June will be presented by members of the Prague Playhouse, under the direction of Maureen Duff.

Clare Wallace is Deputy Chair of the Department of Anglophone Literatures and Cultures, Charles University, Prague, and a senior lecturer at the University of New York, Prague. She has published articles on James Joyce Joyce, Marina Carr, Patrick McCabe and contemporary Irish and British drama. Her books include Monologues (ed. 2006), Suspect Cultures (2006) and Global Ireland (ed. with Ondrej Pilny, 2005).

Gerald Dawe is a senior lecturer in English at Trinity College Dublin and director of the Oscar Wilde Centre for Irish Writing. His books include The Proper Word: Ireland, Poetry, Politics, Collected Criticism (ed.Nicholas Allen; Omaha: Creighton University Press 2007), My Mother-City & Bit-Parts, A Memoir Belfast (Lagan Press 2007) and The Rest is History (1998).

Maria Johnston is a researcher at Trinity College, Dublin.

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