Jane Howard graduated in English from Somerville College, Oxford, and worked initially for Victor Gollancz, then an independent publisher, at the firm’s office in Henrietta Street, Covent Garden. Later she taught craft apprentices at the former London College of Furniture, which eventually morphed into the Sir John Cass School of Art, Architecture and Design. Her interests include Renaissance and Baroque music, and the literature of that period, in particular theories of melancholy.
Winter light is a short selection of poems written over forty years, introducing us to a distinctive voice:
White light pierces / head on, dazzles, / scours the eye, / creating darkness
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A couple of months ago, just before Christmas, we published a new book: Winter light, and other poems by Jane Howard. This small book (a single section of 32 pages, stapled and with a jacket wrapped around) collects poems written over many years. The author, who is an old friend of this imprint, is sparing in her production and notably self-critical. In a note at the end of the book she explains: ‘The poems I have chosen here are typically traces of small moments of perception, of those unpredictable occasions when something experienced more observantly or acutely than usual demands to be given form.’ We are very glad to publish this modest, but we think distinguished work. Produced in a small edition, some copies are for general sale. Read more
Jane Howard & Robin Kinross / 2009.02.21
A recent tidying of the office turned up an offprint from the journal ‘Matrix’ (no. 21, 2001), which published two pieces written on the occasion of the publication of our book ‘Anthony Froshaug’. Looking at them again, they seem worth reviving – to explain something of the process by which that book was made (just as this piece explains how another of our books came into the world). Read more