World Poets – Dante Alighieri
New lecture-performance with Graham Fawcett
Thursday 21 May 6.30pm
Tickets: £10/ £25 with buffet dinner afterwards
Phone 01308 459511 to book.
Lecturer, performer, educator Graham Fawcett will give a talk on Dante to mark the 750th anniversary of the poet’s birth in Florence in 1265. “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 masterpiece, The Divine Comedy is 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. It 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.
There is an interview with Graham Fawcett about Dante at http://www.poetinthecity.co.uk/show-media/?media_id=60
The talk will be followed by a delicious buffet dinner served by Sladers Yard’s celebrated Licensed Café. The £15 buys a full main course from a choice of seafood, free-range meat or vegetarian. Desserts and cheese can be ordered from the menu.
Phone 01308 459511 to book now.