I was saddened to learn only today that Lagan Press & Peterloo poet, novelist, playwright & translator Victor Price, from Newcastle Co Down, died on 16 May.
Mr Price was born in the seaside town in 1930. Educated at Queen’s University, Belfast, he was a linguist by inclination and education. He taught briefly in Ireland and Germany before going into broadcasting in 1956.
He published several novels set in foreign climes, reflecting his experience of work and travel across the globe: The Death of Achilles (Doubleday 1963), The Other Kingdom (reissue Lyons Press 1996), Caliban’s Wooing (Heinemann, 1966) and Chinese Opera (2009). His most recent works were an historical novel, The Ninety Eight, and the poetry collections, Winter Wheat and Confessions of a Centaur (2007).
He translated Büchner's plays for OUP (1971). He started writing poetry as a young man. A pamphlet, Overkill, appeared from Ulsterman Publications in 1980 and his first full volume, Two Parts Water, was published by Peterloo Poets later that year. A play, Love Among the Tulips (2001), was produced at the Edinburgh Fringe and won a Scottish playwright award.
He also edited an edition of the popular dialect poet Richard Rowley, entitled Apollo in Mourne: Poems, Plays and Stories (1977). He was also a member of the Ulster History Circle.
Apollo in Mourne, indeed.