WH Auden: Life and work

A Talk with Readings by Graham Fawcett

10 February 2022 7.30pm

Do go; these are very special occasions.’ Bridport Review

“A complete delight of an evening leading so easily and lightly into the many differences in Auden’s poetry, revealing in the depths of it the relevance to some of his life, talked of with such sympathetic knowledge – and love. Your reading of his poetry was a joy I long to experience again”.

“Splendid, and gripping”.

“A fascinating lecture. People were enthralled and totally engaged”.

W H Auden

A talk with readings by Graham Fawcett

Thursday 2 December 7.30pm. Doors 7pm.

Tickets: £12.50

Please phone 01308 459511 to book now! 

10 February 2022 7.30pm

W H Auden discovered his vocation as a poet a hundred years ago this year in 1922. He was a giant among poets of his generation, a master-craftsman of metrical rhythms you feel running like Swiss clockwork through his verse lines, and a wonderfully adventurous organist of the English language.

Nourished by his Pennines childhood and the treasures of Anglo-Saxon and Middle English, he was a traveller to Iceland, China, Spain and Berlin, and a close-quarters commentator on politics, religion, philosophy, art and human relations. Auden translated his gifted perceptions into some of the finest and most substantial poems England and the world have ever seen. 

GRAHAM FAWCETT has lectured or led workshops at literary festivals throughout Britain on reading and writing poetry. A highly entertaining lecturer, writer and educator, he was a tutor for The Poetry School from 1997 when it began until 2015. Previous to that he wrote and presented radio programmes about literature and music on BBC Radio 3 for many years.

Graham Fawcett’s talks explore leading poets, their lives, the political and cultural environment in which they wrote and, most of all, their work. The programme is two 45 minute halves with an interval.

Enjoy a delicious light pre-lecture dinner served by the celebrated and award-winning Café Sladers. Choose from a menu of seafood, free-range meat and vegetarian dishes. Let us know if you have special dietary requirements. A wonderful selection of wines, desserts and cheese are available à la carte.

Please phone 01308 459511 to book your tickets now.

“We [the audience] were more than happy to stay the course, stunned and astonished in equal measure. Stunned by the breadth and depth of Fawcett’s criticism, astonished at our luck to be living miles from a university yet participating in what, to all intents and purposes, was a post-graduate lecture, presented with immaculate complexity by a master of ceremonies par-excellence.”

Elaine Beckett

2 Responses to WH Auden: Life and work

  1. Rosie Mathisen says:

    Is the Anna Akhmatova evening still on? Assume not as we re not able to meet inside yet so do you have an alternative date?


    Rosie Mathisen

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