D H Lawrence, poet: Graham Fawcett Friday 21 February 2020

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

D H Lawrence, poet

A talk with readings by Graham Fawcett

Friday 21 February 7.30pm

Tickets: £12.50 or £30 with dinner from 5.30/6pm

Please phone 01308 459511 to book now! 

For lovers of poetry, especially nature poetry, whether or not they have discovered the wonders of DH Lawrence as a poet. Admired by Ted Hughes among many later poets, DH Lawrence achieves exceptional vitality in his poems as he tried to bridge the distance he saw growing between man and nature.

I was royally entertained’ Annie Freud

Graham Fawcett writes:

This evening is for all of you who read and love poetry, whether or not you have yet discovered D H Lawrence as a poet and not only as the author of Sons and LoversThe Rainbow and other novels. 

 If you have ever read a poem by him, the chances are that it may well have been the unforgettable early portrait, in word, picture and sound, of Lawrence remembering a woman playing a piano, beginning:

Softly, in the dusk, a woman is singing to me; 
Taking me back down the vista of years, till I see 
A child sitting under the piano . . . 

or maybe the intensely relived-moment-by-moment drama of a snake in Sicily:

He drank enough 
And lifted his head, dreamily, as one who has drunken, 
And flickered his tongue like a forked night on the air, so black, 
Seeming to lick his lips . . .

or, perhaps especially, the great late poem – one of his finest – which takes the idea of Bavarian gentians and extends it into the underworld lives of Persephone and Pluto as though that link were the most natural thing in the world:

Reach me a gentian, give me a torch! 
Let me guide myself with the blue, forked torch of a flower 
down the darker and darker stairs, where blue is darkened on blueness . . .

 But then Lawrence, who called his 1920-23 collection Birds, Beasts and Flowers, was eminently a poet of nature (among many who came after, Ted Hughes and Sylvia Plath both admired him for it) and of so much more than that. D H Lawrence, Poet Night  will take up the story of how much more !


“A most enjoyable and enlightening lecture. During the evening, I wondered if the snake was really there.” (Member of the audience at D H Lawrence Night in Farnham)
“Life is a travelling to the edge of knowledge, then a leap taken. We cannot know beforehand”. D H Lawrence, Reflections on the Death of a Porcupine And Other Essays

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 has been a tutor for The Poetry School since 1997, devising and teaching new courses on poetry past and present from around the world. 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. For £17.50 you can enjoy a full main course 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

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