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Events on request for venues in England in 2016

 

IS DISTANCE EVER AN ISSUE FOR YOU? IF SO, READ ON.

 

One of the most frequent comments on my work comes from people who would have liked to attend a course or event but live too far from London.

As a direct result of this, I have in recent years increasingly been holding - well beyond London - a range of evening, Saturday or weekend events, all of which have been requested by poets and readers living locally.More often than not, those who attend live either very locally or within 30 miles of the venue.

This very combination of local request and active local/regional support encourages me to use the present web-page as a notice-board on which to offer lectures, seminars or events to groups or individuals who would like them in their part of England. What follows is a selection of existing events which could be repeated in your area on request.

 

 

 

1. One-day events

 

POETRY WRITING DAYS

DANTE’S DRAMATIC JOURNEY 1, 2 & 3

a day each on Dante's Inferno, Purgatorio and Paradiso

READING THE JAPANESE

READING THE NORDICS

READING THE FRENCH

 

2. Morning, afternoon or evening events

(any two of which could make a day event)

 

HEANEY TO HOMER AND BACK

WORLD POETS

MORE WORLD POETS

THE BOOK YOU ALWAYS MEANT TO READ - DANTE'S DIVINE COMEDY

SEVEN OLYMPIANS

PARALLEL LIVES

a series of 80 minute lectures looking at Pepys and his contemporaries and times

including The Year 1660, Pepys and Milton, Pepys and Evelyn, Pepys and Andrew Marvell, Pepys and John Bunyan, Pepys and The Year 1667, Pepys and Dryden, Pepys and The Royal Society, Pepys and Aphra Behn, and Pepys and Defoe

PEPYS 350

(a series of 80 minute lectures comparing Pepys's Diary in 1660 with the news in 2010)

 

                         This site is still being compiled

 

 

1. One-day events

These have usually been held on a Saturday and can be made available either to groups or to individuals who would like to create a group for the event in their locality

 

DANTE’S DRAMATIC JOURNEY 1

The Only Way Is Down

(a one-day introduction to and exploration of Dante's Inferno)

DANTE’S DRAMATIC JOURNEY 2

Climbing The Mountain

(a one-day introduction to and exploration of Dante's Purgatory)

DANTE’S DRAMATIC JOURNEY 3

Beyond The Mountain Summit

(a one-day introduction to and exploration of Dante's Paradise)

Each of these events is a day-long opportunity to look at Dante the poet in the context of his times as a prelude to exploring one of the three books of his Divine Comedy, with plenty of close reading and discussion of key passages in English translation.  

head-and-chest side portrait of Dante in red and white coat and cowl.

                             Dante Alighieri, painted by Giotto in the chapel

                                          of the Bargello palace in Florence. This oldest

                                             portrait of Dante was painted during his

                                           lifetime before his exile from his native city

 

"You gave us a fine and passionate experience of this masterpiece. I very much appreciate your gift for bringing a bunch of assorted people together into the presence of a Master, and conveying his greatness in ways that make them feel he is not only their divine teacher and inspirer, but also their companion and friend". (Participant)

 

    POETRY WRITING DAYS DAYS         

These events are open to writers of both poetry and prose and are designed to encourage you to try new things in your own writing. They have already been held in London, Essex, Surrey and Devon.

 

SHAPE OF EACH DAY

  • Each day (10am-5pm) will start with a fifty-minute sequence of linked readings from me on the day’s theme to prompt new ways of thinking for your own work;
  • then a break for coffee;
  • the after-coffee morning session will be guided and free writing;
  • then lunch;
  • during the first afternoon session, you will have the freedom of the house here to find a place to carry on writing;
  • then a break for tea;
  • and in the final session of the day, there will be a voluntary opportunity for a read-round and discussion.

 

CHOICE OF THEMES FOR THE DAY

  • Thresholds and Beginnings     
  • Letting Nature In
  • Changes                                      
  • Endings                                       

If you would like to discuss having one of these days in a venue near you, please write to Graham Fawcett at grahamkfawcett@gmail.com  

 

 

 

 

2. Morning, afternoon or evening events

These can last anything from two to three hours with a short break, and would take the form of ‘interruptable’ lectures which lead into a close reading and discussion of a number of poems by the chosen poet. Generous handouts are provided and no advance knowledge or preparation is required.

 

You may like to request one or two sessions in a day.

 

Poets may be selected from the following course (the syllabus is set out anti-clockwise starting with Seamus Heaney):

 

                Heaney to Homer and Back

        Reading Poets Present and Past as a Companion to Writing

              

Heaney to Homer and Back is a course for those who read and/or write poetry. Each session aims to give an overall sense of the work of one of thirty poets, and encourages you to read further and think in ways which may help with your own work.

 

1939   Seamus Heaney                                                                                     

1898   Federico Garcia Lorca           1930  Derek Walcott

1875   Rainer Maria Rilke                  1904  Pablo Neruda

1863   Constantin Cavafy                   1892   Hugh MacDiarmid

1830   Emily Dickinson                       1889  Anna Akhmatova

1821   Charles Baudelaire                 1885  Ezra Pound

1799   Aleksandr Pushkin                  1879  Wallace Stevens

1798  Giacomo Leopardi                  1865 W B Yeats                                           

1608   John Milton                                1819  Walt Whitman

1564   William Shakespeare           c.1524   Luis de Camoes

1265   Dante Alighieri                       c.1340  Geoffrey Chaucer

c.1200 the Nibelungenlied              c.1080  La Chanson de Roland

1020BC - 762AD Early Chinese       c.800  Beowulf

                             Lyric Poetry               

70 BC    Vergil                                     43BC  Ovid

c.500BC onwards The Kalevala     65BC  Horace

                                   c.800BC    Homer                                                    

 

Poems will be read in their original English or in English translation. In each case, we will look at individual poems and the poets' own thoughts both about them and about poetry in general. What we harvest from each session will vary: it may be a different kind of feeling about tackling a particular subject or length of line, or perhaps a cadence that stays in the mind like a tune, or a more general sense of companionship.

 

 

Or from the following two courses:

 

World Poets and More World Poets

These reading courses look at the work of poets who have made their mark upon their own countries or lifetimes and who offer a fresh and enduring vitality of thought and feeling to readers and poets alike, with writing represented from a number of very different Europes as well as Asia, South America and Africa from antiquity to now

 

World Poets

George Seferis

Elizabeth Bishop

Friedrich Hölderlin

Ludovico Ariosto

Robert Frost

Sylvia Plath

Ted Hughes

Adunis

John Donne

Dylan Thomas

Lucretius

Arthur Rimbaud

Sappho

Rabindranath Tagore

The Gawain Poet

 

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               Robert Frost

 

                      Adunis

    

   George Seferis                            Sappho

 

          

        Lucretius                       Ludovico Ariosto

 

                                   Arthur Rimbaud

More World Poets

 

Octavio Paz

Vénus Khoury-Ghata

Ivan Lalíc

The Battle of Maldon poet

Kalidasa

Mahmoud Darwish

Wislawa Szymborska

Li Po

Osip Mandelstam

Nina Cassian

Catullus

Johann Wolfgang von

    Goethe

Fernando Pessoa

African poets writing in

    Portuguese

Elizabeth Barrett Browning

 

 

 

 

   Elizabeth Barrett Browning

 

 

                                                     

         Octavio Paz                      Vénus Khoury-Ghata

      

     Wislawa Symborska            Mahmoud Darwish

            

           Goethe                                    Nina Cassian

 

 

    THE BOOK YOU ALWAYS MEANT TO READ

         DANTE'S DIVINE COMEDY                          LECTURE TOUR 2016

                        Dante meets Beatrice, by Henry Holiday

Lectures available:

INTRODUCTORY LECTURE

1. Before Reading Dante

THE INFERNO LECTURES

2. The Journey Begins

3. The Deepening Route

4. Navigating The Precipice

5. Imaginable Peril

6. How To Get Out Of Hell

THE PURGATORIO LECTURES

7. Above the Southern Ocean

8. Altitudes of Pride and Envy

9. What Love Is and What It Isn't

10.Through The Wall Of Fire

11. Being With Beatrice

OVERVIEW OF INFERNO AND PURGATORIO AND AN INTRODUCTION TO PARADISO

12. Hell, Purgatory and the Flight Into Paradise

THE PARADISO LECTURES

13. Heavens of Venus, Mercury, the Sun and Mars

14. The Eagle and The Ladder

15. Vision's Pinnacle

Single or short sequences of lectures also available

Taking the Dante lecture series on tour - dates in 2016 available on request from: grahamkfawcett@googlemail.com

                                  

                Dante Alighieri by Joos Van Gent

        

             Gustav Dore, Dante in The Dark Wood

                           (Inferno, canto 1, line 2)

    

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                Giotto di Bondone, Dante Alighieri

                     Bargello Chapel, Florence

 

                                                 Seven Olympians 

 

         Seven Olympians 1          

                      Ovid

        Seven Olympians 2                    

          Geoffrey Chaucer

      Seven Olympians 3

    

                  Byron

           Seven Olympians 4

      

                     Pushkin

       Seven Olympians 5

          

                Baudelaire

        Seven Olympians 6

    

 

            Emily Dickinson

     Seven Olympians 7

    

           Pablo Neruda

 

 

Over the twenty-seven centuries since the first Olympic Games, athletes have been winning the hearts of their countries and often the world with feats of physical and mental giftedness as near to miraculous as anyone can imagine.

 

Go to Olympus and join the Olympic crowds in ancient times, however, and you would also have seen poets on hand to write works in praise of the new champions.

 

In his series of seven lectures, Seven Olympians, Graham Fawcett sets out to honour Ovid, Geoffrey Chaucer, Lord Byron, Alexander Pushkin, Charles Baudelaire, Emily Dickinson and Pablo Neruda, seven poets who became and have remained national and international heroes for their uniqueness of voice, intensity of wonder at the world, formidable output, and sheer prowess on the page.

These lectures are completely self-contained and so can be attended singly. Each of them runs for 80 minutes in two 40-minute halves with a short interval.

 

 

              

 

    PARALLEL LIVES AND PEPYS 350

        

Lectures available:

Pepys and 1660 - The Diary Begins, But Why ?

Pepys and two Januaries - 1660 and 2010

Pepys and two Februaries - 1660 and 2010

Pepys and two Marches - 1660 and 2010  

Pepys and Milton

Pepys and John Evelyn

Pepys and Andrew Marvell

Pepys and John Bunyan

Pepys and 1667

Pepys and John Dryden

Pepys and the Royal Society

Pepys and Aphra Behn

Pepys and Daniel Defoe

Taking the Parallel Lives and Pepys 350 lectures on tour - dates in 2016 available on request from: grahamkfawcett@googlemail.com

                                  

 

 

 

 

My usual fee is £400 for a morning, afternoon, or evening session, £650 for a consecutive morning and afternoon or afternoon and evening, £750 for a whole day from morning to evening inclusive or a 24-hour period away from home, and negotiable for a series of 2 or more lectures - plus travel expenses, subsistence, and overnight accommodation where necessary.

 

You may also like to look at the Lectures page - click here [lectures]