Dannie Abse


Dannie Abse was born in 1923 in Cardiff. Throughout his life he has combined careers of both doctor and writer. These are aspects of his life that, together with his Jewish background and Welsh nationality, are integral themes in his poetry. In addition to his writing his own poetry books -most recently Running Late - he has edited many poetry collections and has published both fiction and memoirs. The Presence is the moving diary he kept after the tragic death of his wife.

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Thursday, 27 February 2014

Poet Dannie Abse returned to Jewish Book Week with a new collection for his 90th Birthday year on love, medicine, the passing of time and Jewish folk tradition. At its autobiographical heart is a vision of human possibilities, a delight in things seen and achieved and an awareness of the transience of it all. With readings by Diana Hoddinott.


Sunday, 22 February 2009

This session combined an interview and readings, Ruth Padel and Dannie Abse covered writing, love, humour and the role of art, along with the Abse's latest book, The Presence, a stark and moving literary confrontation with absence and loss.

This was a wonderful opportunity to hear the wit and wisdom of two of Britain's most distinguished poets.

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