Diary of the Last Man is an imaginative film-portrait of the writer and poet Robert Minhinnick. The brilliant new film by director Eamon Bourke will be screened at a series of special events throughout late 2017 and early 2018 , including Crickhowell Literary Festival on 5 October 2017. Each screening will be followed by a performance from Robert Minhinnick himself and introduced by the film’s director. Diary of the Last Man charts a walk between the mouths of the rivers Cynffig and Ogwr on the south coast of Wales.
‘Robert Minhinnick’s new collection confirms his status as one of the most important poets of these turbulent times. Bleakly elegiac, environmentally political, vital and visionary, his poems cast an extraordinary light over our darkening landscapes.’ Carol Ann Duffy on Diary Of The Last Man.
There’s water everywhere,
the paths drowned.
I dip my hands and here’s one drop
for the departed, its duplicate
for the survivors here.
Eamon Bourke’s Diary of The Last Man delves deep into the themes of Minhinnick’s poetry in search of the man himself. Combining poetry, performance, interview and layered imagery the film explores the many identities of the poet, real and imagined. A beautiful, strange and meditative film, it brings the landscapes of Minhinnick’s home into sharp focus, revealing some of the hidden places at the core of his writing.
Released to coincide with the publication of Minhinnick’s collection of the same title published by Carcanet, Diary Of The Last Man offers an astonishing glimpse of the inner workings of a poet.
Eamon Bourke is a filmmaker and photographer based in Bristol in the UK. He has collaborated with poets and artists in creating several original documentary films. He has an MA in Digital Documentary from the University of Sussex and lived and worked in Buenos Aires, Argentina for 5 years. www.park6films.com
Robert Minhinnick’s recent publications include the novels, Sea Holly (2007) and Limestone Man (2015) from Seren and Fairground Music: the World of Porthcawl Funfair (Gomer, 2010).
He edited the international quarterly, ‘Poetry Wales’, 1997 – 2008, and received a major Creative Wales award in 2008 to write a collection of short stories about refugees, The Keys of Babylon (Seren, 2011).
His poems have twice won the Forward Prize for ‘best individual poem’ and his essays twice won ‘Wales Book of the Year.’
An established environmentalist, he is joint founder of Friends of the Earth Cymru, 1984, and the charity, Sustainable Wales, founded 1997, for which he is a special advisor.
His new collection Diary of the Last Man is published by Carcanet in 2017.