Anthony Howell: Invention of Reality

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Anthony Howell’s first collection, Inside the Castle, came out in 1969. In 1973 he was invited to the International Writers Program in Iowa. In 1997 he was short-listed for a Paul Hamlyn award. His versions of the poems of Fawzi Karim were a PBS Recommendation for 2011. He was the founder of The Theatre of Mistakes and is editor of Grey Suit Editions.

Copies of his latest collection Invention of Realityare available here.


This collection, Anthony’s third from the High Window Press, demonstrates the stylistic range of his output. First, a sequence of dizains records the experience of a stay at Hawthornden Castle. After that, the reader embarks, as did the castle’s owner William Drummond, on a tour of Europe, returning to an England that prompts jaundiced satire. Finally there is an elegiac sequence dedicated to the author’s friend Iraqi poet Fawzi Karim –…

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