Graham Fawcett

         writer, teacher, lecturer, translator and broadcaster

 e-mail: grahamkfawcett@googlemail.com                                                telephone: (0044) (0)20 7405 3997

 

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"Graham creates a democratic space in which anyone present can contribute thoughts about the poems and the poet's ideas" 

                                                                                                                                                               (Workshop participant)

 

For just-released details of poetry events in London and across England to June 2014 and beyond,

including the Eliot Quartets Days, the Poetry Anniversary Lunches and Suppers, and the new World Poets lecture-performances on tour in England,

click here on [events calendar] 

 

 

For the next in the popular series of Poetry School Reading Saturdays -

on The South Americans (Mar 22) - click here)

 

 

POETS OF NEW ENGLAND - LATEST AT 2ND MARCH 2014

numbers increased to 22 owing to demand for places

Tour Part One

18 places already booked, 4 left at the moment

Watch this space. These totals may now change daily.

 

 

Tour Part Two

13 places already booked, 9 left at the moment

Watch this space. These totals may now change daily.

LATEST NEWS @ 2 MARCH 2014

Places on the entire weekend of Tour Part Two (different events from, and not a sequel to, Part Oned) are still available. So are day-tickets and single-session tickets for individual days and sessions during the Part Two weekend. Click here for the programme.

 

 

America 2014 poetry tour details are still available. For more, click here: [Poets of New England 2014 America trip]

For latest suggestions on hotels, write to Graham at grahamkfawcett@googlemail.

       

Graham Fawcett has worked for The Poetry School in London since it began in 1997. He devises and teaches poetry courses and on-location days (among them Blake in Sussex, Hardy in Dorset, Hopkins in Oxford, Clare in Helpston, Coleridge and Wordsworth in Nether Stowey, Mallarmé in London, Keats in the Isle of Wight, Keats, Shelley and Goethe in Rome, Milton in Florence, Leopardi in Recanati, Lorca and Spanish poetry in Benissa and Sanlucar de Barrameda, and Eliot in East Coker, Little Gidding and Burnt Norton) which are designed to encourage the reading of poetry past and present from around the world.

Graham lectures on poetry in the UK, Italy and Spain, and has made many programmes on literature and music for BBC Radio 3 as writer, presenter and interviewer, including a play about Myslivecek and Mozart, a verse translation of Dante's La Vita Nuova for BBC Radio Drama, documentaries with Luciano Berio and Pierre Boulez, and conversations with Miroslav Holub, Thom Gunn, Adrienne Rich, Czeslaw Milosz, Ivan Lalic, Carlos Fuentes and Mario Vargas Llosa.

The Book You Always Meant To Read, Graham’s 2010-11 series of 15 illustrated lectures on Dante’s Divine Comedy at the Samuel Pepys church, St Olave Hart Street in London was very well received.

It led to the commissioning of his acclaimed 2012 lecture-performance series Seven Olympians, with which he toured England in 2013 and which features Ovid, Chaucer, Byron, Pushkin, Baudelaire, Emily Dickinson and Pablo Neruda. He gave the Neruda lecture at the 2013 Bridlington Poetry Festival in June and the Byron lecture at the 2013 Taunton Literary Festival in November.

A second lecture-performance series, World Poets, is on tour from January 2014, having been launched at the 2013 Bridport Literary Festival with a new lecture on Ted Hughes. Full details coming, but already the lectures will also include W B Yeats, Robert Frost, Lorca and the Poetry of Spain, Walt Whitman, and Seamus Heaney. In April 2013 Graham was the Italian reader at Poet in the City's celebration of Dante at Southwark Cathedral.

A long weekend in New England - Wednesday to Friday + Friday to Sunday - is taking place at the end of May/beginning of June 2014. Click here for more.

Graham has been a mentor for Exiled Writers Ink, and is President of the T S Eliot Society (UK) - click here for more - and a trustee of Outside In World, the children's world literature charity - click here for more. He has recently become an adviser for the new arts project Artscircle - click here for more. He is a translator and interpreter in Italian and has been a radio interviewer in both languages; and he taught translation at Goldsmiths College for fifteen years.

Graham edited Anvil New Poets (Anvil Press, 1990) and co-edited, with Mimi Khalvati, of the second Poetry School anthology, Entering The Tapestry (Enitharmon, 2003).

 

 

                                                                                                                           Karen Lippoldt

Graham studied Classics at Christ's Hospital, read Archaeology & Anthropology and English at Cambridge, and has worked for Southern Arts, the British Institute of Florence, the Arvon Foundation, BBC Radios 3, 4, World Service and Italian Service, and Art History Abroad. He has lived in Italy and French Catalonia and now lives in London.

                             

                                            LATEST NEWS                         

 

2014 Poetry Anniversary Lunches and Suppers coming up

 COMING NEXT IN 2014              

London                      

   

Tickets £10 for all events except longer specials.

Watch this space for the next lunches and suppers

 

Poetry Anniversary Suppers series on tour 2013-2014

MEMBER OF THE AUDIENCE IN LEWES FOR THE CAVAFY 150 SUPPER

"Thank you so much for such a stimulating evening. I really enjoyed it and loved reading and thinking about those poems in company. Now I’m going upstairs to find my Cavafy, and I shall try to track down Brodsky and Auden talking about him – how fascinating to learn of that".

 

 

 

“Warmth, humanity, passion and erudition which fitted the presentation naturally without drawing attention to itself." (George Beckmann, of John Clare Day in Helpston)

                                                                                                             


                                       

 Booking now open for three of the Eliot Quartet Days on location in 2014  

                                LITTLE GIDDING (MAY), THE DRY SALVAGES (MAY)  BURNT NORTON (SEPTEMBER)

 

1.  Burnt Norton   

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13th September 2014

For details, click here

    

2.  http://static.guim.co.uk/sys-images/Admin/BkFill/Default_image_group/2011/3/18/1300487131792/coker-003.jpgEast Coker   

2014 details coming     

                

4.  Little Gidding    

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17th May 2014   

For details, click here

 

                   3.  The Dry Salvages 

                   Saturday 31 May 2014

                        click on this link    

           [Poets of New England 2014 America trip]

    

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"Your Four Quartets days are memorable and special".

                                (Melissa Lloyd)

 

I enjoyed your Burnt Norton day very much indeed, as did my brother David.   The whole day was so well integrated and every aspect of Eliot’s life and influences – so many! – were teased out and followed through so expertly.  A memorable day. I now have a lengthy reading list to work through.                                                 (Genista Lewis)

 

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      For 2014 Winter getaways and to get in quick on booking Spring and Summer 2014 holidays

                 in rural coastal Devon this year, go to the regularly updated Fawcett website at         

                                                http://www.flearcountry.com

         

          Gift Certificates and Vouchers

                2014

                                                                                                            

Picture

                                                                                            Paul Skirrow – a view from Little Gidding

 

Gift Certificates

Treat someone to a Poetry Anniversary Lunch, an Eliot Quartet Day in the country, a World Poets on tour poetry lecture in or outside London, Poets of New England in Massachusetts in the Spring, or one of the other events in 2014 already posted on Graham’s Events Calendar at http://www.grahamfawcett.co.uk/events.htm * or as a special feature on his Home Page, and send your cheque for the cost of the event, made payable to Graham Fawcett, to him at: 2 Harpur Mews, London, WC1N 3PE. Please mark the back of your cheque with the name and date of the event. Graham will then send you a Certificate for that event to forward to the person you want to treat (remember to let me have her or his name !) and an e-ticket for the day.

Gift Vouchers

If you prefer, you can purchase gift vouchers, which can then be used towards the cost of any event *, in multiples of £5 up to £50.

*Please note that this gift certificate and voucher scheme cannot be extended to include Poetry School, Othona, Artscircle or The Course sessions – yet !     

 

 

 

AFTER ELIOT'S EAST COKER DAY IN 2007

Many many thanks for a wonderful and illuminating day in East Coker. I am sure Eliot would have approved. Rarely do I ever get the chance to analyse a pome in such depth . . .

                           

                                               James Crowden (Crewkerne)

       AFTER ELIOT'S EAST COKER DAY IN 2012

Thank you so much for an excellent session on Eliot & East Coker. It tied the threads of poet and place, and taught me a lot that I didn't know: it was entertaining as well as informative.

 

                                                                 Richard Gaskell (London)

 

 

 

"A terrific day out"

     (Participant after Eliot's Burnt Norton Day on 22nd September 2012)

 

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Reading and discussing Eliot's poem 'Little Gidding' in the Eliot Room at Ferrar House, Little Gidding

with undergraduates from Westmont College, Santa Barbara

To find out more about Ferrar House, including how to stay there, click now on: http://www.ferrarhouse.co.uk

If you would like to bring a group of adults, undergraduates or sixth-formers to Little Gidding for your own study day on T S Eliot's poem, write to Graham Fawcett at grahamkfawcett@gmail.com

 

 

“A voice you could eat with a spoon, wonderful, I loved him reading, I came specially."       (Blind member of audience at Lyme ArtsFest)

 

                                                                                                                       Karen Lippoldt

 

"In his Seven Olympians series, Graham wants to give audiences who love poetry a fresh experience of each poet which he hopes will feel more like listening to a live radio programme with readings rather than to a lecture, blowing away some of the more daunting associations we have with that word . . ."   

 

 

During 2013, the Seven Olympians tour included all seven lectures in Lewes, Farnham and West Bay; four in Oxford, four in an ongoing series in Greenwich; two in Taunton, and first lectures in Ipswich, York, and the Bridlington Poetry Festival.

 

“A voice you could eat with a spoon, wonderful, I loved him reading, I came specially."       (Blind member of audience at Lyme ArtsFest)

 

                                                                                           

More photos from Pushkin Night at Sladers Yard, West Bay - on the 2013 Seven Olympians tour - here

 

 

 

 

If you would like Seven Olympians to come to your part of England or Wales, write to Graham at: grahamkfawcett@gmail.com or telephone him at 0207 405 3997

 

PROGRAMME

 

Graham Fawcett's acclaimed lecture series with readings

 SEVEN OLYMPIANS

 

Seven Olympians 1

Ovid

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"A real tour de force.  West Bay metamorphosed into a Roman drinking den. Hexameters at dawn.

Excellent. I learnt a lot".

(James Crowden, after West Bay Ovid night)

"Gripping".

(Phil Manning at the London Ovid Night)

"A wonderful lecture last night, both informative

and entertaining. I was fascinated to learn about the

forgotten female poets who translated him”.

(Sally Jenner after Ovid Night in Lewes on 17th January)

I really enjoyed Ovid. These lectures are so worth pushing’.

(Stephen Yeo, after Ovid Night in Oxford)

 

Seven Olympians 2

Chaucer

with the actor Sue Aldred

"You made my mind dance".

(Carla Sheills Steenkamp)

"You gave Chaucer to us not only with a huge breadth of knowledge but managed to present the entire subject

as a great romp through the Middle Ages"

(Caroline Vero)

 

"How much I enjoyed the Chaucer evening ! My knowledge of Chaucer was minimal; however, your talk, aided by Sue's excellent reading in Middle English of the texts, has made me really interested, and I feel equipped now to begin reading Chaucer myself.  You effectively shone a light across a dark land and I now have the paths mapped out, so I can, and want to, explore what was a hidden continent before.  I really want more people to hear you and learn more of the wonderful rich literary heritage we all share!"

(Hanne Busck-Nielsen at Oxford Chaucer Night, 7th February 2013)

 

Seven Olympians 3

Byron

"So rich in content"

(Member of the audience)

"Byron lived fast and died young. Graham brought the poet to life again for one extraordinary evening of poetry, politics and adventure. It was wonderful."

(Lucy Moy-Thomas at London Byron Night)

"I was royally entertained".

(Annie Freud, after Byron Night in Lewes)

Thank you for your wonderful talk on Byron at the Hopblossom in Farnham.  I found myself gripped and enthralled and am so pleased to have finally understood why my late mother was so besotted with Byron. Thank you for revealing why and how his work should be approached. Can't wait, now, for some time to sit down and enjoy what I've missed all these years!

(Jane Lees, at Farnham Byron Night)

Seven Olympians 4

Pushkin

"I was so uplifted by your lecture on Pushkin that I am now hugely looking forward to the presentation on Baudelaire".

(Sieglinde Ward, after Farnham Pushkin Night)

"How much I enjoyed the evening ! Your lecture was brilliant”.

(Valentina Merritt, after Farnham Pushkin Night)

"Thank you for a sensational evening of Pushkin- a great ”performance” and an added bonus having your two charming colleagues. I was personally thrilled to hear these lyrical voices complementing yours because I had read  that it can sometimes be difficult to fully appreciate Pushkin  in translation.Both your rendering, and the translations that you chose, dovetailing so beautifully with Valentina and her colleague’s reading,  proved that Pushkin is  most accessible and hugely enjoyable."

(Sue Hicks, after Farnham Pushkin Night)

 

"A most stimulating evening. I am so glad I came".

(Jennifer Anderson, after the London Pushkin Night)

"Thank you again for an incredibly interesting and informative lecture"

(Svetlana Calladine, after the Lewes Pushkin Night)

"Particularly involving and pleasurable".

Member of the audience after the Lewes (Pushkin Night)

Seven Olympians 5

Baudelaire

"I was enthralled by Graham Fawcett's talk on Baudelaire.  He painted such vivid pictures with words, that you felt you understood the troubled poet and essayist, and the 'modern' influences of Paris in the 1800s that had shaped his life, loves and work.  Graham drew the listener into the world of the poet with such skill that, despite no previous knowledge of the subject and the sometimes complex nature of his work, I was totally at ease with Baudelaire's highly unique style.  Several pieces were delivered in full in the original French, allowing the music and rhythm of the lines to be appreciated, before an equally entertaining translation was given. A thoroughly enjoyable evening".

(Meg Depla-Lake, at Baudelaire Night in Lewes)

"I want to say how much I enjoyed your lecture last night; it set me thinking.... and this is always  a welcome thing".

(Audience member)

 

Seven Olympians 6

Emily Dickinson

"A wonderful evening of Emily Dickinson, questions and a meal together. The evening was a huge success".

(Katrina Dennison after Emily Dickinson Night in Farnham)

"Thank you for another compelling lecture. There is a certain new slant of light in which I now look at Emily Dickinson's poetry, thanks to your inspired evocation of her as a woman of great strength, even volcanic power."

(Romee Tilanus, after the London Emily Dickinson Night)

“A really excellent evening, much enjoyed and appreciated by all those who have been in touch since. People were rapt, attentive and enthusiastic". (Liza Bingley Miller after Emily Dickinson Night in York)

 

I enjoyed this lecture so much that I have booked a trip to Amherst this summer to go to Emily Dickinson's family home, such was the impact her poetry had on my life!

(Emma Jane Turner, after the first Emily Dickinson Night, in Central London)

  Everyone I spoke to said it had been a brilliant evening, and your talk superb -- this applied to all our members who I heard from on Sunday morning too.
So my very warm appreciation for your efforts and a tremendous talk, beautifully researched.  It made the whole evening a delight, including the supper afterwards.
We would love you to come again
.

(Jim Corrigall, after Emily Dickinson Night in Ipswich)

A truly memorable evening yesterday. One comes away not merely with a deeper understanding - and indeed fired with enthusiasm for your subject -  but also what a different experience altogether it is to hear you read a prepared lecture.   I so enjoyed hearing you read Emily's work but particularly relished the opportunity to enjoy your own way with words; not to overstate it, it put me in mind of good music well composed.    Thank you for it all.   How can it be that there is no CD of any of your work?   The Olympians would make a splendid album!

 I'm very much looking forward to your return visit to our backwoods . . .

(Sue Key-Burr, after Emily Dickinson Night in Ipswich)

Seven Olympians 7

Neruda

"Inspiring and brilliant. An enthralling evening"

(Anna Powell, after the West Bay Neruda Night on 31st January)

"Outstanding"

(John Taylor, after the West Bay Neruda Night on 31st January)

"Graham Fawcett is very good indeed. He has a marvellous knack of opening up a poet's life and instantly taking you on a colourful voyage through their life and work. Very illuminating”.           (James Crowden, after West Bay’s Neruda Night on 31st January) 

"Splendid".

(George Beckmann, after London's Neruda Night)

"You took a unique approach, sent me in directions I hadn't expected and left me wanting to discover more for myself".

(Christine Murphy, after the Lewes Neruda Night on 24th January)

"THANK YOU so much for such a mesmerising evening last night in Taunton. 

My friend and I left buzzing with delight and enormously stimulated to read more 

of Pablo Neruda's work. 

Please do come back with the six other Olympians!"

(Jane Hole, at Neruda Night in Taunton)

 

“Lots of people who experienced it all have said that it was fabulous. Andrew McMillan in particular was fervent in his praise for your delivery and the content of the talk – he was very impressed indeed”.

(Antony Dunn, Bridlington Poetry Festival 2013).

 

(These lectures first given at St Olave's, Hart Street

between January and July 2012 and then at The Poetry School and The Rugby Tavern in London)

*

For full details, click here:

[7 olympians tour]

If your city or town is not yet covered by the tour and you would like to stage one or more of the lectures at a venue near you, telephone Graham on 020 7405 3997 or write to him at grahamkfawcett@gmail.com

 

 

 

“Warmth, humanity, passion and erudition which fitted the presentation naturally without drawing attention to itself." (George Beckmann, of John Clare Day in Helpston)

Pushkin Night at West Bay, 13 June 2013

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From the very early days, when you first projected up the Thomas Wyatt poem about a hart and Anne Boleyn on a screen at Somerset House, and then the other reading courses, and the seminars, you have helped me to read poetry and I have a learnt such a lot from you.    

I just enjoy the window it has opened onto a different world, and the friends and connections I have made through poetry.        

                                                                                                                                                         (Anne Boileau)

 

“Loved the Plath-Hughes Day last summer – I went straight to the Birthday Letters on my shelf and read it from cover to cover”.                                            (Kathy Wrightson)                                         

 

 

Graham gave the 2011 Annual Lecture to the Guild of Psychotherapists, entitled Reading, Writing, Groups and Selfhood.

2012 appearances included the Seven Olympians supper lecture series at St Olave's Hart Street, London, EC3, repeated during the summer at The Poetry School in Lambeth and The Rugby Tavern in Holborn, and at the inaugural Brympton Festival of Literature, Music and Art at Brympton D'Evercy, near Yeovil, Somerset.

 

Really enjoyed this lunchtime, led in an insightful and inclusive way. Good to talk poetry with others.

                 (Sue Williamson, of Poetry Anniversary Lunch 1)

 

 

A commission in the autumn of 2011 from Andrew Baker of the Middlesex University BA Hons. Illustration course to lecture at the Hendon Campus on 'The Haunts of the Poets in London' helped inspire the exhibition of new work by Middlesex illustrators at The Poetry Cafe, 22 Betterton Street, Covent Garden.

 

 

Poetry & Autobiography, a 12-unit online writing course for £15 by Graham Fawcett is now downloadable from the Poetry School   

Graham Fawcett has just finished re-editing this course and has brought all of the web-links up to date. Watch this space for confirmation that the new version has been launched online.

Click here to be transferred to The Poetry School's Download page - scroll down to 'P' - for more information and the chance to buy and download Poetry and Autobiography now.

"The online course materials are excellent and will provide much future stimulus for poetry" (Miriam Patrick)

 

 

28 May to 1 June 2014

Poets of New England - a poetry tour in two parts over five days

a day and a night in Amherst with visits to Emily Dickinson's home there and her brother's next door, followed by a long weekend in Boston, Cambridge, Cape Ann and Martha's Vineyard, to include a day-trip to Cape Ann to see 'The Dry Salvages' and a specially arranged visit to the house on that coast where the young TS Eliot and his family spent their summers.

We will read and discuss New England poets from Anne Bradstreet through Emerson and Dickinson to Robert Frost, Amy Lowell, Robert Lowell, Galway Kinnell and Maxine Kumin, visit the houses of Longfellow and Emerson and go on to Thoreau's Walden Pond. Detailed information can be provided on flights and hotels, and some group booking will be available for local transport and restaurants.

Group of about 15-20, including from both the US and the UK, so 8-10 places may be available to UK residents

Details below

If you would like to add your name(s) to a provisional list of those interested, please let Graham know at grahamkfawcett@googlemail.com.

For latest suggestions on hotels, write to Graham at grahamkfawcett@googlemail.com

 

1st January 2014

 

Poets of New England

28-30 May and 30 May- 1 June 2014

 

I am very pleased to be able to tell you about Poets of New England, a new poetry adventure tour, in two consecutive parts, which will be taking place in Massachusetts in the late Spring of 2014. The group of up to 20 people from both the US and the UK will be able to choose in advance whether to do both parts of the tour or just one.

 

Poets of New England

TOUR PART ONE

Emily Dickinson, Longfellow & the Transcendentalists

 

PROGRAMME

Wednesday 28 May, 2014

Heading for Emily Dickinson

 

2pm Cambridge, Mass. Valley Transporter van shuttle departs for Amherst, MA (birthplace and home of Emily Dickinson)

430pm Van shuttle arrives Amherst Inn, opposite Dickinson’s house. Check in for 28 May night. (Overflow accommodation, if needed, at Allen House nearby).

530-7pm  Introductory lecture by Graham on Emily Dickinson in a room or garden, or on a veranda, specially reserved for this occasion.

730pm  Dinner at restaurant in town: Lumber Yard, 383 Main Street, Amherst (walking distance). Link: http://www.lumberyardamherst.com

 

Thursday 29 May, 2014

Emily Dickinson and back

 

8am-9am  Breakfast

9am-930am  Graham looks at some of Emily Dickinson’s poems.

10am-1130am  Guided tour of Emily Dickinson’s house and the Evergreens (her brother Austin and sister-in-law Susan’s house next door)  Link:  http://www.emilydickinsonmuseum.org/ed/node/87

1130am-1215pm  Self-guided audio tour of Dickinson gardens.

1230-130pm  Lunch in Amherst

230pm Van shuttle departs Amherst

5pm Van shuttle arrives Cambridge MA

Own time Dinner in Cambridge or Boston

First overnight stay in Cambridge Participants make their own reservations. Suggestions will be available, including

http://cambridge.hyatt.com/en/hotel/home.html

or    

http://www.sheratonbostonhotel.com

 

  

Friday 30 May, 2014

Emerson, Thoreau and Longfellow Day

 

08:45am  Meet at Porter Square MBTA station, Cambridge (reachable on underground Red line from Harvard Square)

09:05am MBTA train departs for Concord (view of Walden Pond from train)

09:27 am Train arrives Concord

09:30 am Walk (10-15 mins) from Concord station to Ralph Waldo Emerson’s house. Graham talks about Emerson on the way.

10 am to 11 am Guided tour of Emerson’s house (1 hour)

11am – noon  Brunch/coffee in Concord.

Or buy sandwiches in Concord and we’re invited to picnic in lovely garden of Emerson House (with benches).

Noon – 1pm Walk from Emerson House to Walden Pond (1.7 miles, 40-60 mins) on new Emerson-Thoreau amble nature walk (or 1.3 miles on paved Walden Street if mobility issues), arriving site of Thoreau’s cottage. Replica of Thoreau’s cabin is at Walden Pond Parking Lot, a short walk along the pond. Walk around pond takes 1 hour.

1pm-2pm Explore Walden Pond. Graham talks about Thoreau.

2pm Van/cab picks up group at Walden Pond parking lot (next to Thoreau House)

2:30-3 pm arrive Longfellow House, 105 Brattle St, Cambridge. Open till 4:30 pm (Free).

3-4 pm Tour Longfellow House. Must be toured with guide. Tours every hour; last tour 4 pm, lasting 45 minutes. Gardens and grounds, open till dusk, can be toured without guide.  Graham discusses Longfellow poems at house/ Longfellow garden/grounds before (or in place of) tour. Poems often mentioned on tour: the Village Blacksmith, Children’s Hour, Psalm of Life, Cross of Snow.

4 pm Tea on your own in Harvard Square. Walk back to hotels.

END OF POETS OF NEW ENGLAND PART ONE

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Poets of New England

TOUR PART TWO

Eliot and the New England Poets

 

PROGRAMME

 

NOTE FOR THOSE WISHING TO BOOK AS FOLLOWS FOR PART TWO OF THE TOUR:

(1) A PLACE FOR THE WHOLE WEEKEND, OR

(2) DAY TICKETS FOR PARTICULAR DAYS, OR

(3) SESSION TICKETS FOR INDIVIDUAL SESSIONS

If you would like to book, please write to grahamkfawcett@googlemail.com stating which of the above you would like and, if a day or session, which day/session you would like to attend and which transport arrangements or meal(s) you would like to be included in. I will then let you know what the ticket(s) would cost. 

 

Friday 30 May, 2014 – evening (Session 1).

6:30-7:30 pm Dinner: Dinner at Sandrine’s, Cambridge, and the introduction of those joining us Friday night. Private room reserved for us at Sandrine’s. (Meal 1)

7:30-9 pm: Lecture by Graham on “Seamus Heaney, Eliot and the Faber crowd.”

Overnight: Cambridge or Boston

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Saturday 31 May, 2014 – T S Eliot Day

 

08:45  Boston Chauffeur Van or mini-coach leaves Cambridge for Gloucester, MA. (Transport 1).  

09:45 -1035 Arrive Gloucester MA or Manchester MA, 10 mins from Gloucester (see below)

Graham talks about "The Dry Salvages" at Stage Fort Park, overlooking water about 1 mile from Gloucester Harbor; it has gazebo, bandstand. (Session 2)

 

11-13:30-Private boat tour of Cape Ann including the Dry Salvages with Capt. Steven Douglas of Harbor Tours. Graham reads from Eliot’s ‘The Dry Salvages’, and shares commentary with Capt. Steve. We see Norman’s Woe, site of wreck that inspired Longfellow’s “Wreck of the Hesperus” and recite poem. (Session 3)

1:30-3 pm   Lunch in Gloucester at Portuguese Azorean Restaurant (Meal 2)

3:30-4:30 Visit to TS Eliot’s childhood holiday home, Gloucester. Graham talks about Eliot’s early years and his formation as a poet. (Session 4)

4:30-5:30  Van or mini-coach departs Gloucester and returns to Harvard Square, Cambridge (Transport 2).

5:30-6:30  Free time

6:30-7:30  Wrap-up discussion on Eliot in private room at Sandrine’s Restaurant, 8 Holyoke St, Cambridge, MA 02138 (Session 5)

7:30-9pm  Dinner at Sandrine’s. (Meal 3)

Overnight Cambridge or Boston

 

Sunday 1 June, 2014 – Martha’s Vineyard Day

 

09:45   Meet at South Station, 700 Atlantic Avenue, Boston, MA 02110

10:00   Leave by bus (1.5 hrs), connecting to ferry (45 mins) for Martha’s Vineyard (Transport 3).

12:45   Arrive Martha’s Vineyard. Taxi pick-up at ferry to Sarah Glazer’s house in Chilmark, Martha’s Vineyard

(Transport 4).

13:15  Arrive Sarah’s house.

13:15-14:00   Lunch buffet. (Meal 4)

14:00-14:45   New England Poets 1: Anne Bradstreet to Robert Frost, and Galway Kinnell (Session 6)

Afternoon: R&R at Sarah’s swimming pool, local beaches or towns. (R&R 1)

6:30-7:30pm  at Sarah’s house: New England Poets 2, including interview with Emily Grosholz about the poet Maxine Kumin (Session 7)

7:30  Closing dinner of tour at Sarah’s house (Meal 5)

Overnight guests stay at Beach Plum Inn or Harborview in nearby Edgartown

 

END OF POETS OF NEW ENGLAND PART TWO

 

Monday 2 June, 2014 – Departure Day

 

If you would like to put your name down as interested in coming on either or both parts of Poets of New England, and would like to have details of actual and estimated costs, please write to Graham at the above e-mail address.

 

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Saturday 17th May 2014, from 1000am for 1030am-430pm

LITTLE GIDDING, CAMBRIDGESHIRE

POETRY PLACES 5

     

                                                                              Little Gidding Church in May - photograph by Mavis Gregson

                ELIOT’S LITTLE GIDDING DAY
                         at Ferrar House, Little Gidding, Cambridgeshire

                                       with Graham Fawcett

 

   

What brought T S Eliot to the village of Little Gidding in 1936, and why, 6 years later, did he decide to make it the setting and presiding spirit of the fourth and last of his Four Quartets ?  On location in Ferrar House and Little Gidding Church,

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Graham Fawcett will seek to recreate Eliot’s own experience of this place, and point to clues in the poet’s life and work and his choice of moods and images, to help unravel the mysteries of Eliot’s Little Gidding. Highlights of the morning and afternoon of this Spring day will include close reading, one by one spaced through the day, of the five ‘movements’ of what is widely believed to be his finest work.

 

The cost of the day will be £40 for the teaching sessions (or £30* concs. for 18 years & under, senior citizens, full-time students, unwaged - ES40 - and disabled) and a further £20 for coffee, lunch, and afternoon tea at Ferrar House.

For rail-travellers who would like to share a taxi from Huntingdon Rail Station OR Sawtry Green to Little Gidding, please say so on your form.

Make your cheque, for £60 or £50 concessionary rate, payable to Graham Fawcett and send it with the completed booking form to him at 2 Harpur Mews, London WC1N 3PE. You will then be sent your ticket(s) for the day.

 

Enquiries to: Graham Fawcett on grahamkfawcett@googlemail.com or 0207 405 3997.Details of Graham Fawcett’s work and news on this event are available at http://www.grahamfawcett.co.uk/.

      

COMMENT ON ONE OF GRAHAM FAWCETT’S ELIOT’S LITTLE GIDDING DAYS                          It was a great session – so lively and enlightening, and you were so informative. I hadn’t read Eliot in any detail for years and years, and it made me anxious to go back and read more.  You gave us all so much to think about and mull over and go off and pursue further. What I realised when re-reading the Quartets was just how much of Eliot has become part of my mental landscape – a bit like the Bible and Shakespeare..  I kept finding myself muttering, “Oh, of course, that’s where that quotation comes from!”  Joan McGavin     

 

 

MORE COMMENTS FROM THOSE WHO HAVE ALREADY ATTENDED ELIOT'S LITTLE GIDDING DAY

 

Thank you for a really splendid day last Saturday - so much to mull over and follow up - and Little Gidding itself and the surrounding landscape in the sun were such a pleasure, not to mention the food and general welcome.

Sue MacIntyre

I wanted to say thank you personally for yesterday's day with TSE. . . It was marvellous and revealed so much to me about a poem which travels with me everywhere

Debbie Price (Brisbane)

It was a most enjoyable and stimulating occasion, and I especially appreciated your skill and sensitivity in addressing different perspectives and contributions given. I did not catch the name of the author of the last piece you read in the church and wonder if you could let me have it so I could follow it up.?  I am the person who said nothing ...but I hope learned much!

Anne Ackroyd

 

                                               TIMETABLE

                                 (subject to slight variation during the day)

 

From 1000 Coffee on arrival.

 

1030-1125 Eliot’s Little Gidding 1 with GF in the Dining Room area at Ferrar House. The story of the house and how Eliot came there, the origins of his Four Quartets and then of the fourth quartet, Little Gidding.  Close reading of Little Gidding §I.

 

1125  Break.

 

1140-1240 Eliot’s Little Gidding 2 with GF outside the house and in Little Gidding church 100 yards from the front door. Close reading of Little Gidding §2.

 

1240  Break

 

1300  Lunch

 

1405-1510  Eliot’s Little Gidding 3 with GF initially outside the house and then in the Dining Room. Close reading of Little Gidding §3.

 

1510-1530  Tea

 

1530-1630  Eliot’s Little Gidding 4 with GF in the Eliot Room at Ferrar House and, to end, in Little Gidding Church. Close reading of Little Gidding §§4 and 5.

 

Your ticket for the day includes coffee, lunch and tea, and excludes transport

 

Enquiries to:020 7405 3997 or grahamkfawcett@gmail.com

 

JOURNEY PLANNING

The Ferrar House web-site (click on Location) gives a clear indication of where the house is.

Those who would like to come by train should aim to get to Huntingdon by 0930am at the latest if you plan to take a taxi all the way to Little Gidding - however, the 0722am (check 2014 timetable for equivalent) from Kings Cross to Huntingdon is a safer train as regards timing. Read on for more details.

 

Public transport to Little Gidding from London and Huntingdon

Please contact Graham on grahamkfawcett@googlemail.com if you are planning to travel by public transport from London or anywhere else.

 

 

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                              BOOKING FORM

                           Eliot’s Little Gidding Day                            

□ PLEASE TICK BOX:  I’d like to enrol on Poetry Places 5 – Eliot’s Little Gidding Day -            to be held in Little Gidding on Saturday 17th May 2014. I’ll be coming to Little Gidding by car/ via Huntingdon/Peterborough by train from ________________ (delete whichever does not apply). 

  • I enclose a cheque (please circle amount) for £60* (or £50* conc. rate for 18 years & under, senior citizens, full-time students, unwaged - ES40 - and disabled), to include coffee, lunch & tea.
  • I understand this does not include transport to and from Little Gidding.
  • Please make your cheque payable to Graham Fawcett and send it with the completed booking form to him at 2 Harpur Mews, London WC1N 3PE. You will then be sent your ticket(s) for the day.

 

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COMING IN SEPTEMBER 2014

                                POETRY PLACES 6

           ELIOT’S BURNT NORTON DAY

                                           at Burnt Norton and Chipping Camden, Gloucestershire   

 

                                                                                                                                        photo by Burnt Out Theatre                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 

                                                                 with Graham Fawcett

 

                          Saturday September 13th 2014, 1030am-430pm                      

 

One summer day in 1934, on the latest in a succession of long country walks with his friend Emily Hale – who was very important to him and had come over from America to stay with relatives in nearby Chipping Camden – T S Eliot ventured off the road, walked down through the woods and found himself in the upper garden of the estate of a local manor house, Burnt Norton. The owners hadn’t invited him, he just arrived. No-one knows how long he and Emily stayed. That they were there at all is barely suggested by the resulting poem whose lines still resonate for us today not for any sense of tangible geography but from the gift, handed on, of an unseen presence in a landscape of the poetry’s own making.

    

So we moved, and they, in a formal pattern,

Along the empty alley, into the box circle,

To look down into the drained pool.

Dry the pool, dry concrete, brown edged,

And the pool was filled with water out of sunlight,

And the lotos rose, quietly, quietly,

The surface glittered out of heart of light,

And they were behind us, reflected in the pool.

Then a cloud passed, and the pool was empty.

Go, said the bird, for the leaves were full of children,Hidden excitedly, containing laughter.

Go, go, go, said the bird: human kind

Cannot bear very much reality.

Time past and time future

What might have been and what has been

Point to one end, which is always present.

  (from T S Eliot, ‘Burnt Norton’ in Collected Poems 1909 -1962,

                                   Faber & Faber 1963)

 

In this the first in this popular series of Eliot Quartet location days, Graham Fawcett will seek to recreate the poet’s own experience of Burnt Norton the place and point to clues in the poet’s life and work and his choice of moods and images, to help unravel the mysteries of the poem. The highlights of this late Summer day will be specially arranged visits to a private house where Eliot came to call on Emily Hale, and then, after lunch, to the Burnt Norton gardens – now normally not open to the public – and a close reading, one by one spaced through the day, of the five ‘movements’ of the poem which Eliot realised later had been, and could become, the start of something greater, his Four Quartets

The cost of Eliot’s Burnt Norton Day will be £45 for the teaching sessions (or £35* concessionary rate for 18 years & under, senior citizens, full-time students, unwaged - ES40 - and disabled), to include the admission charge to the Burnt Norton gardens, but exclude transport, lunch and refreshments. The nearest station is Moreton-in-Marsh (served by London Paddington - the 0721 train is recommended), from where there is a reliable bus (no.21/22 - dep rail station 0928, dep. Corn Exhcnage 0930) I will also be catching to Chipping Camden (bus arr. 1012 at Town Hall), our base for the day and where car-drivers should park. Meet outside Town Hall at 1015, or as soon as the bus arrives from Moreton, which is due at 1012 !. We will from there walk together the short distances to our two morning venues in Chipoping Campden. I will arrange cars for the short journey to the entrance to the estate after lunch and, at 445pm, ditto for the mile or so back to Chipping Campden, where rail passengers should be able to catch the 1720 bus back to Moreton (arr. 1802), and the 1845 train to London (arr. London Paddington 2029). Rail passengers note: the current (@1 August) online journey planner return fare London-Moreton is £31.50, or £20.80 with a Senior Railcard.

Please make your cheque, for £45 or £35 concessionary rate, payable to Graham Fawcett and send it with the completed booking form (below) to him at 2 Harpur Mews, London WC1N 3PE, marking your cheque PP6. You will then be sent your ticket(s) for the day.

Enquiries to: Graham Fawcett on grahamkfawcett@googlemail.com or 0207 405 3997. Details of Graham Fawcett’s work, including the next East Coker, Little Gidding and The Dry Salvages Days, are, or soon will be, available at www.grahamfawcett.co.uk, where this event is also being publicised.

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□ PLEASE TICK BOX: I’d like to enrol on Poetry Places 6 – Eliot’s Burnt Norton Day - to be held in Chipping Campden and at Burnt Norton on Saturday 13th September 2014.

 

I’ll be coming by car/ by train from ________________ (delete whichever does not apply).

 

I enclose a cheque for £45* (or £35* conc. rate for 18 years & under, senior citizens, full-time students, unwaged - ES40 - and disabled), to include admission to the gardens at Burnt Norton but not coffee, lunch, tea or transport.

 

Please make your cheque payable to Graham Fawcett and send it with the completed booking form to him at 2 Harpur Mews, London WC1N 3PE. You will then be sent your ticket(s) for the day.

 

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Saturday 00th November 2014, 1045am-345pm

EAST COKER (NEAR YEOVIL) SOMERSET

DATE COMING

 

"Many many thanks for a wonderful and illuminating day in East Coker. I am sure Eliot would have approved. Rarely do I ever get the chance to analyse a pome in such depth . . James Crowden

 

POETRY PLACES 2

ELIOT’S EAST COKER DAY 2014

 

What a good day. I drove away from it feeling a bit like when you've seen a totally absorbing film and you can’t quite reconnect with the real world - or you want very much to connect what you've just experienced to the real world. Thanks so much for bringing that amazing work to such life - and death (!) - for us all.                                               

Greta Stoddart

 

A DAY EVENT WITH TAUGHT AND GUIDED SESSIONS
in East Coker (near Yeovil), Somerset

 

“Home is where one starts from. As we grow older

The world becomes stranger, the pattern more complicated . . .”

 

(T S Eliot, from ‘East Coker’, in Collected Poems 1909 -1962, faber & faber 1963)

 

Why did American poet T S Eliot choose this village in Somerset as the setting of East Coker, the second of his world-famous Four Quartets? Graham Fawcett recreates the atmospheres of the poem on location, explores Eliot’s choice of moods and images for this setting, and seeks to unravel the poem’s mysteries with the help not only of East Coker itself and the autumn day we’ll spend there but also clues in the poet’s life as he worked on the poem.

 

Thank you so much for the wonderful East Coker Day. It opened out my reading of Eliot in the best possible way & has given me much food for thought and for writing.

Pam Hope

 

 

 

                   TIMETABLE (subject to slight variation on the day)

1045 Coffee at Helyar Arms. Pre-order lunch: fine menu from sandwiches to meals.

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1100 Eliot’s East Coker 1 with GF
in the specially reserved Apple Loft at the Helyar Arms. The story of T S Eliot’s Somerset connections, of his Four Quartets and then of East Coker. Close reading of East Coker §1.
1210
Leave Helyar Arms and walk (5 mins) through the orchard to the church, St Michael and All Angels, the church of Eliot’s ancestors and where the poet’s ashes are buried and there is a corner dedicated to him.
1215-1325 Eliot’s East Coker 2 with GF at the church. Close reading of East Coker §3.
1330-1430
Lunch at the Helyar. Eliot’s East Coker 3 with GF. Close reading of East Coker §3.
1430-1545 Eliot’s East Coker 4 with GF
at the Helyar Arms. Close reading of East Coker §4 & 5.
1545
End of Eliot’s East Coker Day. Taxis or cars back to Yeovil stations.                      
                                   

Your ticket for the day excludes refreshments, lunch, transport (the taxi ride in each direction for train travellers) and a £1 donation to church funds.

 

"Thanks so much for a colourful, enthusiastic and enlightening day of East Coker and T S Eliot's beginnings, much food for thought remains and now I feel more able to be in the

poem and look around."     Michael Scott Byrne

 

Enquiries to: 020 7405 3997 or grahamkfawcett@gmail.com

Train times (please double-check with internet journey planner for any changes nearer the time)

[Train travellers who would like to share a taxi from the station to the Helyar Arms are asked to see the Taxi Sharing News box on my website]

0710 Recommended train leaves London Waterloo for Yeovil Junction

0820 Not-a-lot-of-room-for-manouevre train leaves London Waterloo for Yeovil Junction

0839 Recommended train leaves Bristol Temple Meads
0938 Better London train arrives Yeovil Junction.

1006 Bristol Temple Meads train arrives Yeovil Pen Mill

1038 Next-best London train arrives Yeovil Junction

STATIONS SERVED BY THE 0710 FROM LONDON WATERLOO

Arrives

Departs

0710

London Waterloo

-

07:17

Clapham Junction (Pick up only)

07.35

07.36

Woking

07.57

07.59

Basingstoke

08:07

08:07

Overton

08:12

08:12

Whitchurch (Hants)

08:20

08:20

Andover

08.28

08.28

Grateley

08.42

08.47

Salisbury

09:06

09:06

Tisbury

09:16

09:17

Gillingham (Dorset)

09:25

09:25

Templecombe

09:32

09:32

Sherborne

arr. 09.38 Yeovil Junction

 

FOR PASSENGERS FROM OTHER DEPARTURE STATIONS

Please note that although trains from e.g. Portsmouth and Southsea (change Salisbury to pick up the London train above) also call at Yeovil Junction, the Bristol Temple Meads train arrives at Yeovil Pen Mill (this station also served by connections at Castle Cary).

STATIONS SERVED BY THE 0839 FROM BRISTOL TEMPLE MEADS

Departs

0839

Bristol TM

08:46

Keynsham

08:53

Oldfield Park

08:57

Bath Spa

09:06

Freshford

09:08

Avoncliff

09:13

Bradford-on-Avon

09:19

Trowbridge

09:27

Westbury

09:36

Frome

09:48

Bruton

09:53

Castle Cary

arr. 1006 Yeovil Pen Mill

If, however, you would be interested in sharing a taxi from the other Yeovil train station, Yeovil Pen Mill, please let Graham know at grahamkfawcett@googlemail.com

Rail passengers are advised to pre-book taxis from either Yeovil Junction (5-10 mins) or Yeovil Pen Mill (15-20 mins) and ask to be taken to the Helyar Arms, a 15th century inn in the village of East Coker, arrival point also for car travellers from London and other parts of the country.(There is good car parking at the Helyar Arms).

 

"Thank you for such a great and thought-provoking day. It had tremendous depth in it – which Eliot would have appreciated - and I think it was really great for all the participants (myself included) who don’t get offered that kind of breadth of discussion or teaching so often. It was really inspiring."   

Catherine Simmonds

 

 

The day will end promptly at 345pm and those who want to will have no trouble in catching a London train round 1630 from Yeovil Junction via others’ cars or taxis.

 

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BOOKING FORM FOR ELIOT’S EAST COKER DAY

Eliot’s East Coker Day, 2014

Booking form in preparation

I’d like to enrol on Eliot’s East Coker Day in Coker on Saturday 00th November 2014. I’ll come from ____________ by the ________train to Yeovil Junction/Yeovil Pen Mill/ by car

(please delete whichever does not apply)

NAME(S):

 

POSTAL AND E-MAIL ADDRESSES:

 

 

 

TELEPHONE NUMBERS:

I enclose a cheque for £45* (or £35* concessionary rate for 18 years & under, senior citizens, full-time students, unwaged - ES40 - and disabled), which does not include refreshments, lunch or transport (a 5 minute taxi ride from Yeovil Station to East Coker and back for train travellers is the recommended rail-head to venue route). Please make your cheque payable to Graham Fawcett and send it with the completed booking form to Graham Fawcett, 2 Harpur Mews, London WC1N 3PE.                

 

You will then be sent your ticket(s) for the day.

 

 

 

                          

Graham Fawcett

writer, teacher, lecturer, translator and broadcaster

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