‘Do go; these are very special occasions.’ Bridport Review
‘Outstanding’ – John T
‘Graham Fawcett 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 indeed…’ James Crowden
Elizabeth Bishop: life and poems
Talk with Readings by Graham Fawcett
Thursday 19 April 2018, 6.30pm
Tickets: £10 or £25 with buffet dinner to follow
Please phone 01308 459511 to book now!
ELIZABETH BISHOP: Any poet who loved geography at school and named George Herbert as a mentor is likely to be strong on place and crystal clarity. Elizabeth Bishop is electrifying at both, her poetry steeped in a glinting charisma of visionary narrative born of real journeys.
Bishop’s Questions of Travel is one of the best books of foreign adventure poems you could hope to travel in. She knew the meaning of travel and the flair for life it needs. Taken ill in Brazil during a sea-voyage, she fell in love with a Brazilian architect, Lota de Macedo Soares, and lived with her for 16 years. Their love story is told in the Brazilian film Reaching for the Moon and in the book The More I Owe You by the American writer Michael Sledge.
Elizabeth Bishop was born in Massachusetts in 1911 into an endlessly bewildering childhood. Her first vocation was as a composer, the next as a doctor, and finally as a poet. Robert Lowell has praised ‘her tone’, which, he said ‘can be Venetian gorgeous or Quaker simple’ and her ‘abundance of description’ which ‘reminds one of the Russian novelists’. ‘In all matters of form: meter, rhythm, diction, timing, shaping, etc,’ he said, ‘she is a master’. She painted, too.
The talk will be followed by a delicious buffet dinner served by our celebrated licensed Café Sladers. The £15 buys a full main course from a choice of seafood, free-range meat or vegetarian dishes. A wonderful selection of desserts and cheese are available à la carte.
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 followed by an informal and 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 dishes. A wonderful selection of wines, desserts and cheese are available à la carte.
Please phone 01308 459511 to book your tickets now.
A wonderful review of Graham Fawcett’s Coleridge Talk: John Pownall in Bridport Review.
A review of Graham Fawcett’s fascinating lecture on John Donne can be found here.
Review for Graham Fawcett’s talk on T.S. Eliot on 22 January 2015:
“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, Bridport Review