Media Release: Rare Marzaroli photos released

UNSEEN photos are now released by the family of the late well-known Scottish photographer, Oscar Marzaroli, in a new book.

These photographs have never been published and have not been seen by the public until now.

They have been specially selected with others by the Marzaroli family for Slate, Sea and Sky – the first poetry collection to contain his photographs, and the first publication for 14 years to include his work.

I have always loved the work of Oscar Marzaroli who caught so well the changing face of Glasgow where I grew up and gave us such a remarkable insight into the people and landscapes of Scotland. I am delighted that so many of his wonderful photographs are accompanying my poems in ways that lend both an extra dimension.
– Norman Bissell, author of Slate, Sea and Sky

Slate, Sea and Sky: A Journey from Glasgow to the Isle of Luing presents a contrasting vision and soundscape from Norman’s native Glasgow to the Isle of Luing where he now lives.

There is lovely work here, limpid and light, a careful simplicity of line, open to the voices of the city and the calm, restorative spaces of nature.
– Catherine Lockerbie, director of the Edinburgh International Book Festival

Bissell writes with typical Glasgow humour, whether it’s about Zen And The Art of Shaving or an encounter on a bus with ‘a man with the most enormous ears you have ever seen’. The street sounds and voices of the city feature strongly in the early poems whilst, as his work moves out into rural and coastal settings, it takes on a more contemplative tone with reflections on the value of solitude alongside others on the warmth of human relationships.

I loved the places the poems took me to. Here is the voice of a poet who is grounded in place, at home in the world. – Gerrie Fellows, author of four poetry collections


Author profile – Norman Bissell was born in Glasgow and received an MA (Honours) degree in philosophy and history from the University of Glasgow. He was also principal teacher of history at Braidhurst High School in Motherwell and formerly a member of the Scottish Examination Board history panel. Until recently, Bissell was a full-time area officer of the Educational Institute of Scotland, Scotland’s largest teaching union.

His interest in the need for radical cultural renewal prompted him to found and lead the Open World Poetics group from 1989 until 1999 and to become director of the Scottish Centre for Geopoetics from 2002 until the present.

Launches — 7:30pm, Saturday 8 December at Cullipool Hall, Isle of Luing; 6:30pm for 7pm, Monday 10 December at Waterstone’s, 12 George Street, Oban. All welcome.

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