A reader of this web/blogsite recently and kindly contacted me to tell me about a copy of Greenwood's 1938 novel, The Secret Kingdom, with an inscription to a Taylor Briggs. This helped me to trace an enduring interest which Greenwood took in his father's trade (though there is still more to find out about this).… Continue reading New Article: Walter Greenwood and his Father’s Trade (Hairdresser)
I have just discovered a thirties cigarette card which featured Wendy Hiller as Sally Hardcastle in a scene from Love on the Dole. I was, of course, delighted to learn that that the play did make it into the world of cigarette cards as early as 1935, when it was enjoying its first success, and… Continue reading New Article: Love on the Dole – a Second Cigarette Card (1935)
Though there were two BBC TV versions of Love on the Dole in the sixties, we do not have recordings of them. However, ITV kept a tape of their wonderful 1967 production. This article is about that adaptation and how this thirties story was seen by the press in the much more affluent nineteen-sixties. Love… Continue reading New Article: Love on the Dole in a Time of Full Employment: the Granada/ATV TV Adaptation (1967)
The play adaptation (co-written with Ronald Gow) increased Greenwood's fame and greatly increased the audience he reached. This has long been a gap in my blog, which I've now filled. Fame: Love on the Dole (the Play, 1934, co-written with Ronald Gow) Best, Chris.
I have located two more short stories by Greenwood - one from 1940, one from 1946. The first, 'Rose Red, Rose White' is unique among his fiction in having an agricultural setting (and is about Lancashire/Yorkshire rivalries and the dangers of stereotyping). The second, 'Landmark' is one of several stories set in his fictional Cornish… Continue reading Two More Walter Greenwood Short Stories Found