Cultural Writing. Essays. Richard Rathwell, a Canadian native now living in London, has spent a lifetime working with various international aid organizations; his personal experience in the field and within office walls is both vast and intense. Here are some of his sharp-as-needles observations of a world deep in the throes of chaotic malcontent. Rathwell doesn't suffer political fools easily, and this book is not for the faint-hearted. In one of his essays, entitled "Witness," Rathwell writes: "I only believe that language is a field that has entrances from every world. I desire to find in that field ways my mind can go on journeys out of the place encased. I want witness. I want report and it is better about a kind of beauty, an image that is assembled as though for the first time true, even real. And it is in this life, connected. I want to stay in a group playing in the field. Don't mind the raw and jagged. The mysterious evil. The burst of blood. There is the public work to do. The dividing of two into one. The getting out."
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Richard Rathwell (born 1947) is a Canadian aid worker, teacher, civil servant and writer. Rathwell was born in Ottawa, Ontario, where he attended Hopewell Avenue Primary School.The National Film Board of Canada production The Gifted Ones shows Rathwell and his class. He attended secondary school in Oakville, Ontario, where he won awards for public speaking at the school level and with the Rotary Club. He attended and taught at Simon Fraser University in British Columbia, studying English Literature. He also taught at the University of Victoria. Rathwell worked for the NGOs CARE, CUSO, Terre Des Hommes, and the governments of Zimbabwe, Nigeria and Lesotho as well as the International Labour Organisation. He was a senior manager in the International Council for Social Welfare, Vienna and Sight Savers International, UK. He was on secondment as the senior consultant for economic co-operation in the Department of Trade and Industry in the UK government from Lancashire Enterprises (now Enterprise Plc.), Preston, UK. Rathwell has won the Maxwell House award in Ireland for best poem and best short story. He has won theatre contests for children's theatre in Nigeria and Zimbabwe. Rathwell was elected in 2007 as the chair of the international affairs committee of the League of Canadian Poets. Rathwell has won the European Community award for restoration projects for a project at 'Damer House' in Ireland. Rathwell presently resides in London, UK.
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Book Description Blue Orange Pub, United Kingdom, 2006. Soft Cover. Book Condition: New. First Edition. BRAND NEW UNREAD COPY -- just a hint of shopwear otherwise pristine. Bookseller Inventory # NS3860