Words & Music

The text of In Memoriam Milena (éditions de l'Envol, France; 1995) has been set to music for soprano and string quartet by Jacques Michon. It was performed for the first time in Toulouse in 2001, and subsequently in Paris in 2004 at the Centre Tchèque.

Excerpts from 'Loveless Losing Paradise' (The Loveless Letters; Chatto & Windus, 1981) were incorporated in the text of Still Mine, an orchestral song cycle by the distinguished composer John Casken. The work also included excerpts from poems by Jon Silkin and Gael Turnbull, all with a focus on the industrial history and landscapes of the north of England.

This piece for baritone and orchestra was first performed by Sir Thomas Allen and the BBC Symphony Orchestra at the BBC Proms (1992), and was awarded the Prince Pierre de Monaco Prize for Musical Composition (1993).


At The Stone Junction      (Northern House; Newcastle upon Tyne, 1978)

Anthologies: a selection

By The North Sea: An Anthology of Suffolk Poetry (ed. Aidan Semmens; Shearsman, 2013);   Light Unlocked: Christmas Card Poems (eds. Kevin Crossley-Holland & Lawrence Sail; Enitharmon, 2005); Salt v 12 (ed. John Kinsella; Salt, Perth/UK, Australia/UK, 2000); Beyond Lament (ed. Marguerite Striar; Northwestern UP, USA, 1998); Comparative Criticism: Literary Devolution vol. 19 (ed. E.S. Schaffer; Cambridge UP, 1997); Making Love to Marilyn (ed. Susan Roberts; Viking Penguin, 1997); Cuirt Journal 2 (ed. Trish Fitzpatrick; Galway, Ireland, 1995); Twentieth Century British Poetry (ed. Jon Silkin; Tsukuba UP, Japan, 1993); Chasing the Sun (ed. Sally Bacon; Simon & Schuster, 1992); Poetry Book Society Anthology 2 (ed. Anne Stevenson; Hutchinson, 1991); Faber Book of Blue Verse (ed. John Whitworth; Faber, 1990); First and Always (ed. Lawrence Sail; Faber, 1988); Poetry from North-East England (ed. Catherine Sheveloy; Raduga Press, Moscow, 1988); Touched by Fire (ed. Jack Hydes; Cambridge UP, 1985); Poems from Cumbria (ed. Melvyn Bragg; Secker & Warburg, 1984); Between Comets: for Norman Nicholson at 70  (ed. William Scammell, Taxus, 1984)Whales: A Celebration (ed. Greg Gatenby; Little Brown, Hutchinson, 1983); Homage to Mandelstam (eds. Richard Burns & George Gomori; Los Press, Cambridge, 1981); New Poetry vols. 1 - 6 (Arts Council/PEN/Hutchinson, 1975-80); Madeira & Toasts: for Basil Bunting's 75th Birthday (ed. Jonathan Williams; Jargon Books, USA, 1977); A Tumult for John Berryman (ed. Marguerite Harris; Dryad Press, USA, 1976); Poetry Dimension 4 (ed. Dannie Abse; Robson Books, 1976)

                                                                                Poetry & Art  

'Heron' (poster; woodcut, Thomas Bewick; Mid-Northumberland Arts Group, 1983)

'St Andrew's Cross Spider' (etching, Clarissa Upchurch; in Cloud Station, ed. George Szirtes; Starwheel Press, 1983)

'Little Girl Asleep'  (drawings by Noel Connor; in Talitha Cumi, ed. Noel Connor; Bloodaxe, 1983)

Magazines & Journals      (selected)

Ambit; Bananas; Bow-Wow Shop (online); Choice (USA); Cuadernos del Matematicos (Spain); Critical Survey; Encounter; Equivalencias (Spain); European Judaism; Guardian; Helix (Australia); Honest Ulsterman; Iowa Review (USA); Imago (Australia); Independent; Iron; Independent; Jacket (Australia/online); Kenyon Review (USA); Literary Review;          
London Magazine; London Review of Books; Meanjin (Australia); Modern Poetry in Translation; Notre Dame Review (USA); New Statesman; Pearl (Denmark); Phoenix; Planet
(Wales); PN Review; Poetry Ireland Review; Poetry Review; Quarto; Quarto; Rialto; Southerly (Australia);  Stand; Sydney Morning Herald (Australia); Times Literary Supplement; Victorian Studies Journal (USA); Wallace Stevens Journal (USA)

Articles & Reviews

From the 1960s Rodney Pybus has been a regular reviewer of, firstly, new fiction, and then new poetry in the literary quarterly Stand. These contributions have included essays on e.g. the Australian novelist Christina Stead (vol  23/4) and the early fiction of Melvyn Bragg (vol 11/3), and reviews of collections by, among others, Anthony Hecht, Derek Walcott and David Constantine (vols 6/4 and 7/1, 2006). He wrote on The Orchards of Syon (2002) in the Geoffrey Hill special issue (new series vol 3/4 & 4/1).

'Radio Drama: the Australian Experience' In Peter Lewis (ed.) Radio Drama (Longman, 1981).

'Free and Metrical Verse' in Jon Silkin The Life of Metrical and Free Verse in Twentieth-century Poetry (Macmillan/St Martin's, 1997).