New Release Books by Martin Travers

Martin Travers is the author of The Dodo Experiment (2022), Whatever Happened to the Jaggy Nettles? (2020), The Kids Are Alt Right (2019), Scarfed For Life (2014) and other 7 books.

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The Dodo Experiment

release date: Apr 18, 2022
The Dodo Experiment
What money?! This ends when you end. This experiment is about the survival of the fittest. Nothing more – nothing less. Imprisoned in an abandoned warehouse, a desperate group of failing actors are trapped in a dark experiment. After months of endlessly rehearsing George Bernard Shaw's Pygmalion with no director to guide them, some of the ensemble have disappeared leaving the others paranoid and subservient. Sleep-deprived and half-starved, their fragile social bonds shatter and implode as a stranger breaks in and incites them to rebel. This new dystopian thriller about a group of aspiring actors trapped in a dark social experiment is a collaboration from writers Martin Travers and Chloe Wyper. This edition was published to coincide with the run presented by the Citizens Theatre's WAC Ensemble in April 2022.

Whatever Happened to the Jaggy Nettles?

release date: Apr 20, 2020
Whatever Happened to the Jaggy Nettles?
We're a punk band. A politically motivated Marxist punk band thit waants tae bring doun the rich by any means necessary! It's 1978. Unemployment and violence darken every Glasgow close; Scotland have been knocked out of the World Cup; Grease is at the top of the charts and seminal Scottish punk band The Jaggy Nettles are imploding. The Jaggy Nettles will be reuniting on stage to perform brand new punk-inspired songs, keeping the spirit of '78 alive. Whatever Happened to the Jaggy Nettles? redefines young punks of the 1970s as naive, asexual, idealistic, poetic, wonderful and doomed. It is a play about empowerment and feeling the future is there to be changed; a story as relevant today as ever. This edition was published to coincide with the February 2020 run at Scottish Youth Theatre.

The Kids Are Alt Right

release date: Oct 10, 2019
The Kids Are Alt Right
Four Scottish teenagers. Two interlocking stories. One ideology tears them apart. Talented kickboxers and A-grade pupils Fatma and Britney have been best friends for ever. That is until now. Britney's views about everything are changing dramatically. She's getting drawn into the alt right online. When Fatma is sent something sinister through the post it triggers a series of decisions that will destroy their lives and their teacher's life for ever. Britney's brother Jordan is pals with Quinn. Quinn is proud to be right wing. That is until he falls deeply into its darkness and finds he's in over his head with a blade in his pocket. All four teenagers lives are changed forever - engulfed in the fallout of when damaging influence leads to damaging actions. This is an unflinching exploration of how young people today are prey to a range of extreme ideologies and how helpless people in their real lives are to stop them imploding. The Kids Are Alt Right is a cautionary tale of how social media and YouTube content can lead to actions and consequences that can never be undone.

Scarfed For Life

release date: Apr 14, 2014
Scarfed For Life
A modern parable set against the backdrop of the first Old Firm clash of the season. Funny, hard-hitting and thought-provoking, the second edition of Scarfed for Life tells the story of two teenage friends caught in the crossfire of polite suburban prejudice and garden equipment. Ideal for secondary school students, the play draws on what sectarianism and prejudice actually mean to young Glaswegians, and how it affects them and their peers. Scarfed for Life is a hard-hitting play based on the experiences of discrimination and prejudice among the young people of Glasgow. The play toured secondary schools in Scotland in 2011 and Scottish prisons in 2013. The language in this edition has been revised specifically with school-age students in mind, and is an ideal, issue-led play for students 14+.

Divided City

release date: Mar 14, 2013
Divided City
Nominated for ten UK book awards, Theresa Breslin's hit novel tells of how two young boys - one Rangers fan, one Celtic fan - are drawn into a secret pact to help a young asylum seeker in a city divided by prejudice. Now adapted for the stage by Martin Travers, the play has already been produced to great acclaim at Glasgow's Citizens Theatre. Graham and Joe just want to play football and be selected for the new city team, but a violent attack on Kyoul, an asylum seeker, changes everything when they find themselves drawn into a secret pact to help the victim and his girlfriend Leanne. Set in Glasgow at the time of the Orange Order walks, Divided City is a gripping tale about two boys and how they must find their own way forward in a world divided by difference. This educational edition has been prepared by national Drama in Secondary English experts Ruth Moore and Paul Bunyan. Published in Methuen Drama's Critical Scripts series the book: - meets the curriculum requirements for English at KS3, GCSE and Scottish CfE. - features detailed, structured schemes of work utilising drama approaches to improve literary and language analysis - places pupils' understanding of the learning process at the heart of the activities - will help pupils to boost English GCSE success and develop high-level skills at KS3 - will save teachers considerable time devising their own resources.

The Writing of Aletheia

release date: Jan 01, 2019
The Writing of Aletheia
Martin Heidegger was engaged in a continual struggle to find words - new words, both descriptive and analytical - for his radical form of philosophy. This tendency can be traced from Being and Time, where he elaborated an entirely new vocabulary for his ontological enquiry; to Contributions to Philosophy, which saw him committed to a transformation of language; to later essays on poets such as Rilke and Trakl in On the Way to Language. The Writing of Aletheia is the first study to appear in either English or German that provides a full account of Heidegger's language and writing style. Focusing not only on his major philsophical works but also on his lectures, public talks and poetry, this book explores the complex textuality of Heidegger's writing: the elaborate chains of wordplay and neologistic formations; the often oblique, circuitous and regressive exposition of his ideas; the infamous tautologies; the startling modification of grammatical rules and syntax; the idiosyncratic typography of his texts; the rhetorical devices, imagery and symbolism; and the tone and voice of his writing. All of these aspects betray not only his will to structure and his assertiveness but also his ongoing self-questioning and reflectiveness about the ultimate goal of his philosophical quest.

The Poetry of Gottfried Benn

release date: Jan 01, 2007
The Poetry of Gottfried Benn
This book is the first comprehensive study of Gottfried Benn's poetry to appear in English. It covers the entirety of Benn's verse, from his early Morgue cycle (1912) and Expressionist poems through to the «anthropological» poetry of his middle period to the «postmodern» Phase II work after the Second World War. Against the background of the poet's theoretical writings, this study, drawing upon the classic texts of Benn scholarship, analyzes in detail the major themes of his verse and its distinctive idiom. In particular, this work focuses on Gottfried Benn's extended process of rhetorical self-fashioning, his use of classical iconography, color motifs and chiffres, his often confusing historical semantics, the seemingly self-constituting «absolute» poem, and the colloquial idiom of his late verse. The book also engages with the multiplicity of voices in Benn's work and their varied textual forms, the hermeneutically variable positions of speech that they articulate and the often contradictory notion of selfhood to which they give rise.

Critics of Modernity

release date: Jan 01, 2001
Critics of Modernity
In cultural terms that ethos was every bit as powerful as the prevailing discourse of Modernism, bringing within its sway figures as diverse as Hermann Lons, Hans Grimm, Ernst Junger, Stefan George, Arnolt Bronnen, Ernst von Salomon, and Gottfried Benn. Disparate as they were in their aesthetic aims and priorities, these writers shared a thorough rejection of the values and institutions of the modern world, whose perceived evils they sought to remove through that most paradoxical of all political acts: a conservative revolution.

An Introduction to Modern European Literature

release date: Jan 01, 1998
An Introduction to Modern European Literature
"Each chapter concludes with a detailed chronology of the major literary texts of each movement, covering fiction, drama and poetry."--Cover.

Thomas Mann

release date: Jan 01, 1992
Thomas Mann
Examines Mann's fiction within the context of his life, as well as within the political and intellectual climate of the period in which he lived

German Novels on the First World War and Their Ideological Implications, 1918-1933

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