The Revelation is a sobering work, and Heathcote Williams's reading of the Authorized, or King James, translation is a nice match of reader and text. The tone for the work is set by excerpts from Benjamin Britten's "War Requiem," which begins and ends the reading. Williams's voice is controlled and evenly modulated. The right amount of inflection provides emphasis but is never overdone
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About the Author
is a poet, playwright, author, and actor. His first book, The Speakers, was published in 1964. A portrait of the orators at
Speakers Corner in Hyde Park, it was greeted with critical acclaim. He went on to write his epic poems Whale Nation, Autogedden, Sacred Elephant, and Falling for a
Dolphin, which were all published by Jonathan Cape and released as audiobooks, and have won numerous awards. Heathcote is also an award-winning playwright. His first full length play, AC/DC,
won a hat trick of prestigious awards: the Evening Standard Award for Most
Promising Play, the George Devine Award, and the John Whiting Award. His later play, The Local Stigmatic, first played at the Royal Court in 1966 and was made into a film by Al Pacino. In
2011, Roy Hutchins launched a show of Heathcote’s newer poems entitled Zanzibar Cats which has had a UK Tour and a run in Edinburgh where it won the prestigious Herald Archangel Award.
Heathcote lives in Oxford, England with his wife, Diana Senior.