W B Yeats by Graham Fawcett Thursday 29 November 2018 7.30pm

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

W B Yeats: life and poems

Talk with Readings by Graham Fawcett

Thursday 29 November 2018, 7.30 pm

Tickets: £10 or £25 with pre-talk dinner from 5.30 pm 

Please phone 01308 459511 to book now! 

W B Yeats sang in the name of an ancient Ireland. His passionate study of mysticism and the supernatural fired his active involvement in a movement for the revival of Celtic identity, a poetic currency of Irish fairies, dreams, and the melancholy of decay. He cherished folk-tales, celebrating them in his verse as vitally as he did the history of his own times.

Born in Dublin in 1865 exactly six hundred years after the birth of Dante, and winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1923, Yeats was one of the two greatest poets of the twentieth century writing in English. But where did Yeats’ s voice, and his extraordinary lyrical gift, come from? Yeats Night will look for answers while reviving some of the poet’s greatest work.

Yeats goes on being loved. To this day, the manner of his guiding hand to us is gifted with the common touch, so that we are glad to have listened not only to the poet who tells us he will “arise and go now and go to Innisfree” but urges us to do now, too: “Do not wait to strike till the iron is hot”, he wrote, “but make it hot by striking”.

‘I was royally entertained’ Annie Freud

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.

To complete the evening, why not enjoy a pre-lecture  dinner served by the celebrated and award-winning Café Sladers. 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

A review of Graham Fawcett’s fascinating lecture on John Donne can be found here.

“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