politics and the 'pinter-net'
lecturer Dr Mark Batty has played a leading role in a
new website dedicated to the life and work of Harold Pinter
Dr Batty, author of Writers and their work: Harold
Pinter, was the only academic on the seven-strong
team which produced the site with help from the
great man himself, of course.
books to web - Dr Mark Batty
site was commissioned after Pinter's former PA put his
name into a search engine, and discovered thousands of
web pages dedicated to the actor, poet and playwright,
mostly with little — or false — information. The need
for an official web presence was clear.
Batty helped to write the content for the site, particularly
the sections devoted to Harold Pinter's acting and directing
careers. His acting spans from his first forays on the
stage at the age of seventeen through extensive film and
TV roles. As Pinter himself is quoted: "I saw very few
plays before I was twenty. Then I acted in too many."
site also contains a biography of the playwright, and
sections on his poetry, publications and politics, as
well as a list of events for Pinter enthusiasts. Dr Batty
recalls: "As the project developed, the website took on
a life of its own, ballooning in size before our eyes.
Harold was extremely patient with our regular invasions
of his office to gather material from his personal archive.
The one thing which is missing is any mention of Harold's
love of cricket, but we’re currently working on a new
page to set that right."
website is non-profit-making, and aims to be both a source
of reliable information on Pinter's work for scholars,
students and enthusiasts of his writings and activities
and a platform upon which to portray Pinter's artistic
and political concerns.