The Agathopolis Company

THE AGATHOPOLIS COMPANY publishes poetry and plays.

Please note new address: Jerry Nolan, The Agathopolis Company, No. 59 Homecross House, 21, Fishers Lane, Chiswick, London W4 1YA.

New book (June 2013):

Seven World Movers in the Garden:
Cycle of nine poems
by Jerry Nolan

Seven World Movers in the GardenThis cycle of nine poems imagines moments of self-revelation involving world movers: Sigmund Freud (1856-1939), Matteo Ricci (1552-1610), Margaret Anna Cusack (1829-1899), Leni Riefenstahl (1902-2003), Pier Paolo Pasolini (1922-1975), Carl Jung (1875-1961), Athanasius Kircher (1601-1680).

12 illustrations (in colour) from the triptych by Hieronymous Bosch, The Garden of Earthly Delights

Paperback: 70 pages
ISBN: 978 0 9558433 9 6
Copies available at £9.00 sterling, including postage
from Jerry Nolan, The Agathopolis Company, No. 59 Homecross House, 21, Fishers Lane, Chiswick, London W4 1YA. Cheques payable to J. Nolan.
 


New book (October 2012):

Walter's Magical Lantern:
Play For Solo Performance
&
The Magic Realism of Walter Spies:
About the Magical Pictures,
by Jerry Nolan

Walters Magical Lantern and The Magic Realism of Walter SpiesTo mark the 70th anniversary of the death of Walter Spies.

Walter's Magical Lantern features Walter Spies (1895-1942) the painter in love with the island of Bali as the prisoner on board ship off the coast of Sumatra in 1942. Spies treats the audience as imagined bystanders.

Magic Realism of Walter Spies illustrates and analyses ten of Spies's key pictures and discusses why his achievements have been generally ignored until quite recently.

Paperback: 61 pages
ISBN: 978 0 9558433 8 9
Copies available at £8.00 sterling, including postage
from Jerry Nolan, The Agathopolis Company, No. 59 Homecross House, 21, Fishers Lane, Chiswick, London W4 1YA. Cheques payable to J. Nolan.


New book (October 2011):

Conjuring in Follies:
Quartet of Plays 3 & 4,
by Jerry Nolan

Conjuring in FolliesThis quartet of plays, Conjuring in Follies, explores the private worlds ('follies') of four men juggling with the advance of age and the prospect of eventual self-defeat.

In 3. Marc's Yellow Pigeon Loft, racing star enthusiast in youth suffers serious injury on horseback in middle age when he struggles fiercely with old and new relationships as death approaches.

In 4. The Red Siren Cardinal, retired missionary bishop honoured by the Pope grows attracted to the turbulent lives of two young men, causing him to trip on the heavenly ladder.

Paperback: 105 pages
ISBN: 978 0 9558433 7 2
Copies available at £7.00 sterling, including postage
from Jerry Nolan, The Agathopolis Company, No. 59 Homecross House, 21, Fishers Lane, Chiswick, London W4 1YA. Cheques payable to J. Nolan.


New book (April 2011):

Conjuring in Follies:
Quartet of Plays 1 & 2,
by Jerry Nolan

Conjuring in FolliesThis quartet of tragic-comic plays explores the private worlds ('follies') of four men juggling with the advance of age and the prospect of eventual self-defeat.

In 1. Golden's Ruby Double, recently retired history teacher battles against the onset of a nervous breakdown in which his manipulative mother is intimately involved from a distance.

In 2. The Shadows in Tat's Box, poet famous for one book fallen out of fashion imprisons himself in a strange black-box room where his guests tend only to fuel his frustrations.

Paperback: 119 pages
ISBN: 978 0 9558433 6 5
Copies available at £7.00 sterling, including postage
from Jerry Nolan, The Agathopolis Company, No. 59 Homecross House, 21, Fishers Lane, Chiswick, London W4 1YA. Cheques payable to J. Nolan.


New book (September 2010):

Beckford of Lansdown:
a homage for the 250th anniversary of his birth,
by Jerry Nolan

Beckford at LansdownResearch into the Beckford papers at the Bodleian Library reveals how the William Beckford who retired to Lansdown in Bath seems at odds with the recycled version of a confused old man being deservedly punished for a lifetime of misdeeds and ill-gotten fortune. Beckford of Lansdown emerges as a compulsive teacher of gifted younger men whose talents he often creatively challenged, while he revised his earlier writings and energetically lampooned fashionable opinions. This study of Beckford of Lansdown marking the 250th anniversary of his birth collects mainly essays published between 1997 and 2008 in The Beckford Journal which is annually published by the Beckford Society.

Paperback: 134 pages
ISBN: 978-0955843358
Copies available at £7.00 sterling, including postage
from Jerry Nolan, The Agathopolis Company, No. 59 Homecross House, 21, Fishers Lane, Chiswick, London W4 1YA. Cheques payable to J. Nolan.


New book (January 2010):

The Window Ajar Alphabet:
poems by Jerry Nolan

The Window Ajar AlphabetThese 136 poems were written intermittently over a period of almost 50 years. They were occasional records, often scribbled in school exercise books, at times of pressing personal interest. A miscellany of experience emerges: influences of an Irish Catholic upbringing, importance of close personal relationships, versions of the life stories of real and imagined characters, fluctuating views of the passions for teaching and acting, and the scramble for perspectives on reading histories and travelling widely. I fine-tuned here and there, and sequenced the selected poems not in their chronological order of composition but in the alphabetical order of their titles.

Paperback: 120 pages
ISBN: 978-0955845341
Copies available at £6.00 sterling, including postage
from Jerry Nolan, No. 59 Homecross House, 21, Fishers Lane, Chiswick, London W4 1YA. Cheques payable to J. Nolan.


New book (September 2009):

Beat the Last Trumpet:
a play by Jerry Nolan

Beat the Last TrumpetWhen Pope Pius XII died in 1958, it was not generally realised that the Catholic Church was on the brink of great changes. The action of this play takes place in County Kerry, Ireland, shortly before and shortly after the Pope's death. All the characters, across three generations, would describe themselves as 'Irish Catholics', but 'Irish' and 'Catholic' are often in conflict. Tension grows between and within two families as unexpected love among the young causes widespread furore. There are two battling priests, the retired fiery African missionary and the retiring independently-minded parish priest. Deep emotional attachments surface again between a reluctant spinster and an exiled writer/actor who satirically exposes personal and national tragedies. In the final scene, the dying missionary priest bequeaths his traditional Catholic beliefs to a Jesuit-educated young man, but the overwhelming priority for his spinster-sister becomes a dedication to caring for the local human casualties of her brother's lifelong religious passion.

Paperback: 80 pages
ISBN: 978-0955843334
Copies available at £6.00 sterling, including postage
from Jerry Nolan, No. 59 Homecross House, 21, Fishers Lane, Chiswick, London W4 1YA. Cheques payable to J. Nolan.


New book (May 2009):

The Golden Caterpillar With Black Tail:
Fra. Girolamo Savonarola

a play by Jerry Nolan

The Golden Caterpillar With Black Tail

In 1494 there emerged from relative obscurity in Florence the figure of Savonarola as preacher, scholar, reformer, prophet and saviour who succeeded in attracting many devoted followers and a few dedicated enemies. This play enacts key events in Florence: the invasion of Charles VIII of France; the Bonfire of the Vanities, Excommunications from Rome, the Ordeal by Fire, the Siege of San Marco, the Torture of Savonarola by the Papal Inquisitor. The play's climax describes the atrocious executions in the Piazza della Signoria as recorded by the Florentine diarist Luca Landucci who added the story of the Golden Catterpillar With Black Tail as a memorable image of the life and death of Savonarola.

Paperback: 64 pages
ISBN: 978-0955843327
Copies available at £6.00 sterling, including postage
from Jerry Nolan, No. 59 Homecross House, 21, Fishers Lane, Chiswick, London W4 1YA. Cheques payable to J. Nolan.


Now available:

Extraordinary Views of Lansdown Tower:
William Beckford & Cyrus Redding

by Jerry Nolan

Extraordinary Views at Lansdown TowerThis work is a dramatization, based on their selected writings, of the highly volatile relationship between probably the most myriad-minded man of his age, William Beckford and his ambitious biographer, Cyrus Redding, who struggles to grapple with the older man's vibrant personality, hurricane of opinions and challenging behaviour during the years of Beckford's retirement in bath. A genuinely moving friendship unexpectedly develops between the two unevenly matched personalities as Redding emerges as the only one in pole position to compile the first memoir of a very exceptional character.

Paperback: 53 pages
ISBN: 978-0955843310
Copies available at £6.50 sterling, including postage
from Jerry Nolan, No. 59 Homecross House, 21, Fishers Lane, Chiswick, London W4 1YA. Cheques payable to J. Nolan.


First publication 2008:

Cat of the Inner Cities & Other Outer Hebridean Poems

Cat of the Inner Cities and Other Outer Hebridean PoemsThese poems and illustrations were mostly inspired by the indomitable spirit of Father Allan McDonald (1859-1905) - priest, poet & scholar on South Uist & Eriskay in the Outer Hebrides - a year ahead of the 150th anniversary of his birth.

Paperback: 74 pages
The Poems: 38 poems, pp.3-50
The Illustrations: 12 illustrations including 3 in colour, pp. 53-64
The Afterword: Mapping Father Allan McDonald's Outer Hebrides, pp.67-74
Copyright: Jerry Nolan (Poems & Afterword) & Michael Felix Gilfedder (Illustrations)
ISBN: 978-0955843303
Copies available at £6.50 sterling, including postage.
Further information from Jcmnolan[at]aol[d0t]com

Contact: No. 59 Homecross House, 21, Fishers Lane, Chiswick, London W4 1YA.
www.jerrynolanwriter.com

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