Rosemary Tonks: Book of the Week
The “disappearance” of the poet Rosemary Tonks in the 1970s was one of the literary world’s most tantalising mysteries – the subject of a BBC feature in 2009 called The Poet Who Vanished. Her mysterious disappearance - and later discovery by Bloodaxe's editor Neil Astley - is included in a new book by Paul Farley and Michael Symmonds Roberts, Deaths of the Poets. This has been adapted for Radio 4's Book of the Week. Episode 4 The Burning of Some Idols features Rosemary Tonks (who was the burner of the idols).
RADIO 4 PUBLICITY FOR BEDOUIN OF THE LONDON EVENING
Book of the Week, Deaths of the Poets: The Burning of Some Idols (Episode 4/5), BBC Radio 4, Thursday 23 February 2017, 9.45am
Michael Symmons Roberts and Paul Farley go in search of Emily Dickinson and Rosemary Tonks, the poet who disappeared, in Book of the Week: Deaths of the Poets on 23 February. Rosemary Tonk's Bedouin of the London Evening was published by Bloodaxe in 2014 and was edited & introduced by Neil Astley, who guides Michael Symmons Roberts & Paul Farley around Rosemary Tonks' house in Bournemouth. The programme also mentions Neil’s role in discovering the whereabouts of Rosemary Tonks, who had been living in secret in Bournemouth for many years after disappearing from the London literary scene.
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[01 March 2017]