Graham Fawcett

     writer, teacher, lecturer, translator and broadcaster

 e-mail:                                                telephone: (0044) (0)20 7405 3997

At Little Gidding                                                                           Photo: Francesca Bugliani Knox



Taunton, Somerset

Robert Frost – World Poets Tour lecture-performance on Thursday 26th November 2015, from 630 for 7pm – 845pm

– book now via <> under 26th November. 


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2015 marks the 750th anniversary of the birth of Dante Alighieri.


“Dante and Shakespeare divide the modern world between them; there is no third”, declared T S Eliot in his 1929 essay on the poet.  Dante’s Divine Comedy, a 14,000-line verse narrative of heart-stopping brilliance, written in terza rima, the beguiling aba bcb cdc rhyme scheme which he had invented, tells the apparently autobiographical story of how, at Easter in the year 1300, Dante had set out, with the ghost of the Roman poet Virgil as his guide, on a life-changing journey which led him down into Hell, up the mountain of Purgatory to the Earthly Paradise, and beyond.


To hear Graham Fawcett in a recent Poet In The City interview about Dante, click here

Dante Alighieri, by Giotto di Bordone, c. 1335, from a fresco in the Podestà Chapel, Palazzo del Bargello, Florence



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"If there was a prize for bringing poetry to life, you'd win it."                                             (Irena Hill, at Dylan Thomas Night in Greenwich, January 2015)





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                                                                                 photo: Birgitta Johansson  

To hear Graham Fawcett in a recent Poet In The City interview about Dante, click here


Sladers Yard Contemporary Art Gallery and Cafe, West Bay

    Poetry Night Suppers - July 2015 to March 2016


Advance booking open now


Thursday 9th July 2015 at 630pm - Gerard Manley Hopkins

Thursday 1st October 2015 at 630pm - John Donne

Sunday 8th November 2015 at 1230pm - Edward Thomas*

Thursday 21st January 2016 at 630pm - Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Thursday 17th March 2016 at 630pm - John Keats

Seats and supper places for all of the above poetry night suppers in blue may be booked in advance by telephone with a credit or debit card.

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                          Tickets £10, with supper afterwards £25


*Bridport Literary Festival lecture - booking details coming

                      Sladers Yard

      Contemporary Art Gallery and Cafe 

             West Bay, Bridport, Dorset


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


Graham Fawcett worked for The Poetry School in London from when it began in 1997 until 2014, devising and teaching 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, as is his ongoing work, to encourage the reading of poetry past and present from around the world.

Graham lectures on poetry in the UK, Italy, Spain and America, 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, began touring in January 2014, having been launched at the 2013 Bridport Literary Festival with a new lecture on Ted Hughes. Already the lecture-series, ongoing in 2015 and constantly being added to, W B Yeats, T S Eliot, Robert Frost, Lorca and the Poetry of Spain, Walt Whitman, Ted Hughes, W H Auden, Dante Alighieri, Elizabeth Bishop, D H Lawrence, and Seamus Heaney. In April 2013 Graham was the Italian reader at Poet in the City's celebration of Dante at Southwark Cathedral.

In May 2014 Graham gave a lecture tour in New England and Pennsylvania which featured visits to the houses of Emily Dickinson (Amherst), Ralph Waldo Emerson (Concord), Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (Cambridge) and T S Eliot (East Gloucester) and sessions on Dickinson, Emerson, Thoreau, Longfellow, 'Heaney, Eliot and the Faber Crowd', Eliot's The Dry Salvages, Poets of New England from Anne Bradstreet to Robert Frost, Galway Kinnell, and Maxine Kumin.

Graham's literary festival lecture-performances in the autumn of 2014 were: Isle of Wight Literary Festival (The Remarkable Effect of the Isle of Wight on John Keats), Bridport Literary Festival (W H Auden),  and Taunton Literary Festival (Seamus Heaney), and in 2015 Bridport Literary Festival (Edward Thomas) and Taunton Literary Festival (tba)..

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, where he was fortunate to coincide with a surviving decades-long era of teaching verse composition from English poetry into Greek and Latin metres, so that the first real encounters with Shakespeare, Keats, Tennyson and others came in translating them; 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, Art History Abroad, and TheCourse Studies. He has lived in Italy and French Catalonia and now lives in London.

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

                                                                                                                                                               (Workshop participant)




 Dante 750   attrib. Giotto, Dante, Bargello, Florence

   (the oldest known portrait of Dante Alighieri)

To hear Graham Fawcett in a recent Poet In The City interview about Dante, click here

Graham's new tour of lecture-performances-with-readings on Dante's Divine Comedy is starting in January - a year-long British tour to mark the 750th anniversary throughout 2015 of the birth, in Florence in 1265, of Dante Alighieri, probably the greatest poet who has ever lived.

       DATES SO FAR:

Rome 17th April 2015

Lewes 30th April 2015

West Bay, Dorset 21st May 2015

Farnham 1st June 2015

London 6th November 2015

If you would like your city, town or village to be included on the tour and/or would like to know more about it, write to Graham at

Gustav Dore, Dante in the Dark Wood

Halfway through the lifetime of our years

I came to, in a dark and sombre wood -

the path I should be on had disappeared.


I'd say what it was like there if I could;

that wood, it was so wild and harsh and bleak

the fear comes back, it cannot be withstood . . . 

(Dante, Inferno, Canto 1, lines 1-6, tr Graham Fawcett)


        Seven Olympians    




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

           (James Crowden, at Ovid Night in West Bay)



              (Phil Manning at Ovid Night in London)


"A wonderful lecture, both informative and entertaining. I was fascinated to learn about the forgotten female poets who translated him”.

              (Sally Jenner at Ovid Night in Lewes)


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

              (Stephen Yeo at Ovid Night in Oxford)




                      Geoffrey Chaucer


"You made my mind dance".

(Carla Sheills Steenkamp at the Brympton Festival Chaucer Night)


"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 at the Gipsy Hill Chaucer Night)


"How much I enjoyed the Chaucer evening ! My knowledge of Chaucer was minimal; however, your talk, aided by Sue Aldred'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 Chaucer Night in Oxford)




                       Lord Byron


"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 Byron Night in London)


"I was royally entertained".

         (Annie Freud, at Byron Night in West Bay, Bridport)


Thank you for your wonderful talk on Byron at the Hop Blossom 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 Byron Night in Farnham)






"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 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 Pushkin Night in Lewes)


"Particularly involving and pleasurable".

Member of the audience after Pushkin Night in Lewes





"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)




                    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 Emily Dickinson Night in 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)




                    Pablo Neruda


"Inspiring and brilliant. An enthralling evening"

      (Anna Powell, after the West Bay Neruda Night)



    (John Taylor, after the West Bay Neruda Night)


"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 the West Bay Neruda Night) 



(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)


“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)


"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)


If your city or town has not yet been visited 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




      World Poets

To book one or more of these lectures, write to Graham at


                          W H Auden


                         Robert Frost


                          W B Yeats



                          Ted Hughes


                       Elizabeth Bishop


                       Seamus Heaney

                        Dylan Thomas


                  Wislawa Szymborska


                         Walt Whitman


                         D H Lawrence


             Lorca & The Poetry of Spain


                      Rainer Maria Rilke


               Dante The Divine Comedy


                     Homer's Odyssey


         Sir Gawain and The Green Knight

To book one or more of these lectures, write to Graham at






For details of poetry events in London and across England, 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] 




"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".


Booking now open for 3 of the four Eliot Quartet Days on location in 2015  


1.  Burnt Norton 

date to be arranged for 2016  


2.  East Coker 

date to be arranged for 2016 

planned November 2015 day now postponed to November 2016 owing to sudden non-availability of main venue 

3.  The Dry


date to be arranged for 2016  


4.  Little Gidding 

Saturday 31st October 2015

details now on Events Calendar under this date  



"A terrific day out"

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


"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)



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)



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)


Graham at Little Gidding, 2014                   mphoto: Francesca Bugliani Knox 

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Fully booked for Summer 2015 holidays in rural coastal Devon ! So why not book for an autumn getaway, for Christmas, New Year or Easter? Go to the regularly updated Fawcett website at         



                     Gift Certificates and Vouchers




                                                                                            Paul Skirrow – a view from Little Gidding


Gift Certificates

Treat someone to an Eliot Quartet Day in the country, a World Poets on tourpoetry lecture in or outside London, or one of the other events in 2015 already posted on Graham’s Events Calendar at * 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 £100.

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















                                                                                                                                                             Photo: Paul Skirrow

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:

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


“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 and 2014, 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.















If you would like Seven Olympians, World Poets or Dante 750 to come to your part of England or Wales, write to Graham at: or telephone him at 0207 405 3997














Pushkin Night at West Bay

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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)


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Saturday 28 November 2015, 1045am-345pm





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


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.

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.
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.
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.
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

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





London Waterloo



Clapham Junction (Pick up only)












Whitchurch (Hants)















Gillingham (Dorset)







arr. 09.38 Yeovil Junction



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).




Bristol TM




Oldfield Park


Bath Spa
















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

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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Eliot’s East Coker Day, Saturday 28th November 2015, 1045am-345pm

I’d like to enrol on Eliot’s East Coker Day in Coker on Saturday 28th November 2015. I’ll come from ____________ by the ________train to Yeovil Junction/Yeovil Pen Mill/ by car

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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.









                                POETRY PLACES 6


                                           at Burnt Norton and Chipping Camden, Gloucestershire   


                                                                                                                                        photo by Burnt Out Theatre                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 

                                                                 with Graham Fawcett


                          Saturday September 12th 2015, 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 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, where this event is also being publicised.

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                Eliot’s Burnt Norton Day 2015 with Graham Fawcett


□ 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 12th September 2015


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.












Graham Fawcett

writer, teacher, lecturer, translator and broadcaster




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