Like Stevie Smith
, Taylor is often terrifically witty and sharp, keen-eyed and quick.
But the trivial joke stakes a claim: the cat named Flo shares her name with Florence Margaret Smith, Stevie Smith
's real, though seldom used, first name.
Hugh Whitemore's highly verbal screenplay is based on his own sympathetic dramatic portrait, Stevie: A Play from the Life and Work of Stevie Smith
, a two-act which had a notable West-End run at the Vaudeville Theater in 1977 and recurs often to Stevie Smith
's own characteristically forthright writings.
The turn of this decade has seen a revitalized and critically updated interest in Stevie Smith
, that maverick and unevenly received poet-novelist who died in 1971 and achieved her first real resurrection as Glenda Jackson in Hugh Whitemore's eventually televised Stevie: A Play (1977).
Me Again: Uncollected Writings of Stevie Smith
, Illustrated by Herself (1981) is a posthumous compilation of her prose writings, letters, and previously uncollected poetry.
They also provide many insights into the Stevie Smith
Problem--to wit, how a poet of some considerable talent came to write and publish such a large number of embarrassingly bad verses.
However, their reunion proves to be short-lived when lead singer Stevie Smith
is electrocuted in the swimming pool.
The Rangers manager, who hopes to have Lee Wallace, Richard Foster and Stevie Smith
back available, claimed defeat won't be the end of the title race.
An eighth-minute own goal from Aberdeen's Stevie Smith
and midfielder Jamie Adams' second-half header proved the difference between the sides.
Smith hopes to see Scotland central defender Andy Webster and highly-rated left back Stevie Smith
begin their comebacks in a match behind closed doors tomorrow.
"I've also got Adrian Mitchell, Lee Harwood and Edwin Brock although another gap in my collection is the prominent woman poet, Stevie Smith
- she arranged to be photographed and then didn't turn up."
Twenty-one years after its composition, Ivor McGregor was in the audience to hear the premiere of his In Memoriam Stevie Smith
. McGregor is a composer whose chamber works I have previously admired, but this was the first large-scale score I have heard from him.