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Canadian Authors - Kim Morrissey

 ISBN 0-919926-91-6
Kim Morrissey:

Now in its fourth reprinting, Kim Morrissey's first book of poems Batoche had its debut as an Opera (composer: William Pura) at the Saskatoon New Music Festival, Saturday, April 21, 2001.

"Morrissey perfectly embodies Auden's definition of an ideal poet (and an ideal cheese): 'local, but prized elsewhere.' "-- Brenda Niskala

At first, the new Prairie poets were mostly male, but in time a number of important women poets have appeared, including Anne Campbell, Lorna Crozier, Leona Gom, Kim Morrissey and Anne Szumigalski. "  
-- Douglas Barbour
Poetry in English
The 1998 Canadian Encyclopaedia
published by McClelland and Stewart )

"Morrissey writes with sureness and wit .... Dora: A Case of Hysteria is an important addition to the Canadian dramatic canon and to the body of contemporary playwriting by women." - Rita Much, Canadian Theatre Review.


Kim Morrissey's first book, Batoche,  (Coteau Books, 1989) has been used as a Canadian Studies text in Canada, Britain, Germany , Norway and Denmark, and as a secondary school text.It is now in its fourth printing and had its debut as an Opera  (Composer: William Pura) at the Saskatoon New Play Festival April 21, 2001.  Poems For Men Who Dream of Lolita (Coteau Books, 1992) has also had poems set to music at the New Music Festival in Winnipeg in 1993 (composer: Sid Rabinovitch)  and it is also taught on university curriculums. Five of the poems  from the book have been selected for Mythic Women/Real Women (edited by Lizbeth Goodman), Faber & Faber's prestigious Women & Gender university textbook.

Her black comedy about Freud,  Dora: A Case of Hysteria  (Nick Hern Books, 1993) was one of the first plays workshopped at Saskatchewan Playwrights Centre, with director Steven Gregg, and was produced by Steven Gregg at Regina's Wheatland Theatre in 1987. Since then, Dora has been produced in Canada, America, Australia, Britain and Germany and is a suggested text for the Open University in England.  Clever As Paint: The Rossettis In Love (published by Playwrights Canada Press, 1999) premièred in London, England, and was a theatre choice for The Guardian. She has written critically-acclaimed documentaries and dramas for both CBC and BBC Radio, and was a commissioned writer on BBC's political satire sketch show Week Ending (Executive Producer: Gareth Edwards) also broadcast on the  BBC World Service and is a member of the Comedy Collective (UK), which includes writers Claire Storey, Colin Shelbourn, Ivan Shakespeare, John Random,  Robert Priest, Ness Haynes, Budgie, Jasmine Birtles.
Kim was taught by Sue Kramer, Eli Mandel and Patrick Lane at Fort San Summer School of the Arts, and is one of the original members of the Saskatoon Poets Coterie (which included fellow Coteau writers  Susan Andrews Grace, Bill Klebeck, Brenda Niskala and Craig Grant). She is a founding member (with fellow Coteau writers Rex Deverell, Geoffrey Ursell, Barbara Sapergia, Ken Mitchell, Diane Warren, Connie Gault and Sharon Butala) of the Saskatchewan Playwrights Centre.

In addition to writing, Morrissey has taught creative writing, served as writer-in-residence in Saskatchewan schools (Grades K-12). INTERNET PROJECT: Schools (Grades K-12) please see the Batoche study guide with lesson plan by Wilma Riley.

She lectured on Play Analysis at Rose Bruford College for Drama (London, England), and, with Jack Mapange and Sudeep Sen, has been a guest lecturer  and reader at the Open University's Summer School in York, England. She is writer-in-residence for the West Euston Time Bank Purple Poets. Her play, Mrs. Ruskin, produced at the Warehouse Theatre in 2003, is forthcoming from Aark Arts Books. One scene of this play has been published in Atlas 02 published in 2007(edited by Sudeep Sen) and digitalised by the SouthBank Saison Poetry Library, London).

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with 10 archival photographs and maps
cover photograph by Gary Robins
ISBN 0-919926-91-6    trade paper

Third prize, 1987 CBC Literary Award
Joint winner, 1987 SWG Major Poetry Award
shortlisted for the 1989 Gerald Lampert Award
(League of Canadian Poets)

Praised by poets as diverse and accomplished as Gwendolyn MacEwen, Michael Ondaatje, George Woodcock, Al Purdy, Daphne Marlatt and bp nichol, Batoche is now in its fourth reprint. It is a recommended text for schools, taught in high schools in Canada and universities in Canada and Europe. With wit, sensitivity, generosity, precision and compassion, Morrissey goes beyond the documented facts of the 1885 NorthWest Resistance/Rebellion, and takes on voices of the well-known - Louis Riel, Gabriel Dumont, General Middleton - and the lesser known - Marguerite Riel, the women and children of the community, and anonymous fighters on both sides.

"Using her skills as a researcher, dramatist and poet, Kim Morrissey brings to life the once silent pages of our history with a clear and simple eloquence." - Lorna Crozier

teachers  (Grades K-12) please see the Batoche study guide with lesson plan by Wilma Riley.

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• Poems For Men
Who Dream of Lolita

ISBN 1-55050-030-9       trade paper

"Morrissey's poems chip away at the myths of seductiveness and seduction, to reveal a sordid truth underneath: the abuse of innocence, the destruction of tenderness, trust. 'This is not erotic/and you are obscene' protests the young speaker to her much older abuser/lover. These are poems for every little girl and woman who has ever been put in a position of helplessness by a man using power and privilege to demand love. Tragically, this is a common story. Fortunately, we have poets like Morrissey to help us rewrite it." - Di Brandt

"... brilliant and disturbing.... "
- John Osborne, bête noir

•"Peter Gzowski, Peter Gzowski"
in Studio One: Stories for Radio
(edited by Wayne Schmalz)
ISBN 1-55050-011-2     trade paper

Written for Saskatoon actor, Anne Wright and produced by Wayne Schmalz for CBC Radio, this commissioned drama provided the first professional acting credit for Peter Gzowski. It was also the first CBC cross-country simultaneous radio drama, with Gzowski in Toronto, and Wright in Regina.

An agoraphobic woman fantasises about meeting CBC Morningside host, Peter Gzowski. When the real Peter Gzowski knocks on her door, she sends him away, preferring her mythical creation. A comic, yet deeply tragic, exploration of alienation and despair, satirising the false intimacy of radio.

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Other Books by Kim Morrissey:

Clever As Paint: The Rossettis in Love
ISBN: 0-88754-552-1
[Playwrights Union of Canada, 1998]
also available as an e-text
Playwrights Guild of Canada

Dora: A Case of Hysteria           
[Nick Hern Books, 1994]
e-mail: info@nickhernbooks.demon.co.uk

"Morrissey writes with sureness and wit ....  Dora: A Case of Hysteria is an important addition to the Canadian dramatic canon and to the body of contemporary playwriting by women." - Rita Much, Canadian Theatre Review.

Other Plays by Kim Morrissey:

Snow White and the Three Dwarves
(first produced Christmas 1985, children's play)
copyscript  and performing rights available from Playwrights Guild of Canada

Raisins and Almonds
(first produced Christmas 1986, children's play)
copyscript andperforming rights available from Playwrights Guild of Canada

Mrs. Ruskin
(first produced September-October 2003)
copyscript and performing rights available from Playwrights Guild of Canada

Comedy Collective UK
BBC satirical sketches and political satire

'I have been meeting with the West Euston Purple Poets, since May 2005. Every week they bring something to the workshop to astonish me. I am amazed, amused and delighted by the Purple Poets; they are generous, funny, courageous, good-tempered, flexible, hard-working, witty, and lively.  
Come play!
Thursdays at The Crypt, Munster Square, 1 - 3 p.m.       
--- Kim Morrissey,  National Poetry Day, Bloomsbury, 2006.

Kim is a poet, playwright, editor, researcher and radio dramatist. Her most recent stage play is Mrs Ruskin , produced by Theatre Metropolis (Warehouse Theatre, Croydon, 2003).

Kim was a commissioned writer for BBC Radio 4's political satire comedy sketch show WeekEnding (1994-1995) which also aired on the BBC World Service.

She researched and wrote "This is My First Wife: a Hundred Years of James Thurber " (BBC Radio 4 documentary, Christmas 1994, producer Gareth Edwards). She has done readings and workshops at the Open University Summer School in York and taught Play Analysis at Rose Bruford College for Drama (Sidcup, England).

Kim gave a rare poetry reading at the launch of Atlas 01, the Literary Magazine (edited by Sudeep Sen), Lauderdale House, Highgate on June 8th 2006 and then again at the Nehru Centre, Mayfair, on June 9th 2006. She read again at the launch of Atlas 02,  in 2007, at the Nehru Centre, with Rose Hacker in attendence.

Kim Morrissey
Imagine Rose Dancing
(for Rose Hacker)
read by the poet at the southbankcentre

recorded 09.07.2008
at the Saison poetry Library
Also read at the London launch
of Atlas 02 (edited by Sudeep Sen)
with Rose as an invited guest
Nehru Centre, 14.07.2007

Imagine Rose Dancing:
Rose Hacker's Dance Performance in Bloomsbury
February 24, 2007

Imagine Rose dancing
white lace at her throat
dark dress falling shoulders
                              to floor

the lights catching stage dust
the slow curve of thin wrists


Rose dancing,
still turning heads
each breath that she takes

imagine Rose dancing
to one-hundred-and-one
imagine Rose dancing
                              and dance!

REVIEW: GUARDIAN DIARY , London, published August 11th 2007  
ATLAS 02 LAUNCH (Focus on Canada issue, edited by Sudeep Sen, summer 2007)

Pomp and sex therapy
An alarming rumour began to circulate that, at the launch of vol 1, 32 poets read from their work. But this time a shorter cast list was given just two minutes each. Khalvati still found time to praise a journal that gives space to longer poems, while Daljit Nagra provided a neat Anglo-Indian link. George Szirtes and Daniel Weissbort - neither of whom are in the new book - were good value, but perhaps the most heartfelt applause was for the British-based Canadian writer Kim Morrissey. She had drawn attention to 101-year-old Rose Hacker in the audience, a pioneering sex therapist in the 1930s (and still a feisty columnist for the Camden New Journal) who inspired Morrissey earlier this year to write the poem "Imagine Rose Dancing" .... [NW] Nicholas Wroe.
SOURCE: http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2007/aug/11/featuresreviews.guardianreview22

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Kim Morrissey - books used as University Texts


Kim is a member of the Comedy Collective(U.K)

Kim is Poet-in-Residence for the Bloomsbury Time Bank Purple Poets

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