Most widely held works by ICA Video
Maya Angelou ( Visual )
4 editions published between 1986 and 1989 in English and held by 218 libraries worldwide
Maya Angelou recites poetry and reads from her work "Singin' and Swingin' and Gettin' Merry Like Christmas."
Wole Soyinka ( Visual )
7 editions published between 1984 and 1989 in English and held by 196 libraries worldwide
The 1986 Nobel Prize winner for literature, Nigerian author and political activist Wole Soyinka lectures on creative traditions and the "climates of terror" in which they are born. He talks about the growth of contemporary African cultural self-awareness and the birth of a new literary fraternity.
Margaret Atwood ( Visual )
2 editions published in 1989 in English and held by 136 libraries worldwide
Margaret Atwood talks with Hermione Lee about themes of women "breaking out," literature informed by fairy tales, visual imagery as inspiration, mythology in contemporary literature, comparing the short story with the novel, autobiography as source material, writing as a woman from the male point of view, and using humor.
Writing for children ( Visual )
5 editions published between 1980 and 1989 in English and held by 91 libraries worldwide
Five writers, Robert Leeson, Maurice Sendak, Gillian Avery, Penelope Farmer, and Jill Paton Walsh, talk about their work and a group of seven year-olds talk about how they choose what to read.
Chinua Achebe ( Visual )
3 editions published between 1989 and 1991 in English and held by 91 libraries worldwide
Chinua Achebe discusses his work and life with Farah Nuruddin.
Nadine Gordimer ( Visual )
2 editions published in 1989 in English and held by 86 libraries worldwide
Discusses finding a language to describe Africa's landscapes, how to end a book, comparing the novel with the short story, writing at home versus writing in exile, motives for writing a political novel, and South African black consciousness movement.
Maurice Sendak with Paul Vaughan ( Visual )
3 editions published between 1984 and 1989 in English and held by 85 libraries worldwide
Maurice Sendak discusses his work and the sources of inspiration of some of his characters.
Harold Pinter with Benedict Nightingale ( Visual )
4 editions published between 1984 and 1989 in English and held by 83 libraries worldwide
Harold Pinter discusses his work in the theatre with particular reference to his violent and disturbing play "One for the road" which investigates torture in totalitarian regimes.
Salman Rushdie ( Visual )
6 editions published between 1987 and 1991 in English and held by 82 libraries worldwide
A discussion which covers background to The Satanic verses; themes of divided selves; the irony of an Indian being viewed as representative of English culture; the nature of the city as metaphor; writing dialogue; writing from the experience of duality of uprootedness; and Black voices "describing back" in their literature.
Gloria Naylor ( Visual )
1 edition published in 1989 in English and held by 80 libraries worldwide
Naylor discusses her life and writings, especially as she attempts to represent the experiences of Black women in America.
Allen Ginsberg with R.D. Laing ( Visual )
5 editions published between 1984 and 1989 in English and held by 74 libraries worldwide
R.D. Laing and the poet Allen Ginsberg discuss Ginsberg's life and work. Ginsberg reads and sings a selection of his poems.
Marge Piercy ( Visual )
3 editions published between 1987 and 1989 in English and held by 56 libraries worldwide
Discusses writing about history, selecting a period about which to write, research, coping with writer's block, documenting women's history, motives for telling stories, sexism in language, and writing as consciuosness raising.
Ben Okri ( Visual )
3 editions published in 1989 in English and held by 47 libraries worldwide
A discussion which covers socialist realism in the African novel; use of ghosts as representations of nightmares; second generation of African writers and their relationship with the first; using style as distancing factor from experience; differences in language between the novel and the short story; and using literature to face wounds.
Raymond Williams with Michael Ignatieff ( Visual )
5 editions published between 1984 and 1989 in English and held by 46 libraries worldwide
Williams talks about his new novel "Loyalties".
Edward Said with Salman Rushdie ( Visual )
2 editions published in 1986 in English and held by 46 libraries worldwide
Edward Said talks with Salman Rushdie about his concerns regarding Palestinian identity and experience.
Making children's picture books ( Visual )
3 editions published in 1989 in English and held by 46 libraries worldwide
The three authors discuss how they use children, their own and others, as inspiration and as critics of children's stories.
Mary Gordon and Margaret Drabble ( Visual )
3 editions published between 1986 and 1989 in English and held by 44 libraries worldwide
Introduced by Clare Boylan, Mary Gordon and Margaret Drabble talk about the challenge of writing about mothers and children, the portrayal of mothers and children from the early 19th century novel to the present day, first descriptions of breastfeeding in English literature, books as child substitutes and how to write successfully from a child's point of view.
Harold Pinter ( Visual )
2 editions published in 1989 in English and held by 42 libraries worldwide
Discusses characteristics of the English playwright, torture as subject, the function and usefulness of drama, beginning a play without knowings its end, and the challenges of writing as a political person without writing propaganda.
Gore Vidal with Lorna Sage ( Visual )
3 editions published in 1989 in English and held by 41 libraries worldwide
Gore Vidal discusses the novel's peripheral role in contemporary culture, ambition and power in the United States, Lincoln, Americans and their history and the impact of televisual culture.
Isabel Allende, with Marina Warner ( Visual )
1 edition published in 1988 in English and held by 41 libraries worldwide
Isabel Allende, niece of the late President Salvador Allende of Chile, talks about her life and work as a writer.
Achebe, Chinua African American authors African American women African American women authors African literature (English) American poetry--African American authors Angelou, Maya Atwood, Margaret,--1939- Authors Authors, American Authors, Canadian Authors, English Authors, Nigerian Avery, Gillian,--1926- Children's literature, American Children's literature, English Creative writing Criticism, interpretation, etc. English language--Rhetoric English literature Farmer, Penelope,--1939- Filmed interviews Filmed literary readings Ginsberg, Allen,--1926-1997 Gordimer, Nadine Great Britain Interviews Leeson, Robert Literature Naylor, Gloria Nonfiction films Novelists, American Novelists, Nigerian Novelists, South African Okri, Ben Palestinian Arabs Paton Walsh, Jill,--1937- Pinter, Harold,--1930-2008 Political and social views Politics and literature Rushdie, Salman Said, Edward W Satanic verses (Rushdie, Salman) Sendak, Maurice Short films South Africa South African literature (English) Soyinka, Wole Women authors, American Women authors, English
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