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attrib. Giotto, Dante, Bargello, Florence
(the oldest known portrait of Dante Alighieri)
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.
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 email@example.com.
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)
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|“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 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, 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, continues on tour since January 2014, having been launched at the 2013 Bridport Literary Festival with a new lecture on Ted Hughes. Already the lecture-series includes W B Yeats, Robert Frost, Lorca and the Poetry of Spain, Walt Whitman, Ted Hughes, W H Auden and Seamus Heaney. In April 2013 Graham was the Italian reader at Poet in the City's celebration of Dante at Southwark Cathedral. New lectures are already planned on Dante, Eliot, Lawrence, and Elizabeth Bishop in 2015.
Graham has just returned from 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 are: 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).
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).
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, and Art History Abroad. He has lived in Italy and French Catalonia and now lives in London.
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".
Booking now open for one of the four Eliot Quartet Days on location in 2014
EAST COKER (NOVEMBER)
1. Burnt Norton
date to be arranged for 2015
date to be arranged for 2015
3. The Dry
Salvages date to be arranged for 2015
4. Little Gidding
2nd May 2015
"A terrific day out"
(Participant after Eliot's Burnt Norton Day on 22nd September 2012)
"Your Four Quartets days are memorable and special".
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)
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)
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)
Graham at Little Gidding, 2014 mphoto: Francesca Bugliani Knox
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Paul Skirrow – a view from Little Gidding
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 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.
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*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: 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
“A voice you could eat with a spoon, wonderful, I loved him reading, I came specially." (Blind member of audience at Lyme ArtsFest)
"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.
“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
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Graham Fawcett's acclaimed lecture series with readings
Seven Olympians 1
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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".
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(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
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"
"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
"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)
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(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
"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)
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(Jennifer Anderson, after the London Pushkin Night)
"Thank you again for an incredibly interesting and informative lecture"
(Svetlana Calladine, after the Lewes Pushkin Night)
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Member of the audience after the Lewes (Pushkin Night)
Seven Olympians 5
"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".
Seven Olympians 6
"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."
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“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
"Inspiring and brilliant. An enthralling evening"
(Anna Powell, after the West Bay Neruda Night on 31st January)
(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)
(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”.
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(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)
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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.
“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.
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EAST COKER (NEAR YEOVIL) SOMERSET
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.
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.
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.
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 email@example.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
Clapham Junction (Pick up only)
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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."
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, Saturday 15th November 2014, 1045am-345pm
I’d like to enrol on Eliot’s East Coker Day in Coker on Saturday 15th November 2014. I’ll come from ____________ by the ________train to Yeovil Junction/Yeovil Pen Mill/ by car
(please delete whichever does not apply)
POSTAL AND E-MAIL ADDRESSES:
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.
COMING IN SEPTEMBER 2015
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 email@example.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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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 00th 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.
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