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Poetry appreciation

WEST BAY, BRIDPORT, DORSET: Seven Olympians - Pablo Neruda

Date: Thursday 5 October, 2017
Time: 6:30 PM
Price: £10, with informal buffet dinner afterwards £25
Venue address:
Sladers Yard, West Bay Road, West Bay, Bridport, Dorset DT6 4RN

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Talk with Readings by Graham Fawcett

Thanks to the 1994 film Il Postino: The Postman, the clearest picture many of us have of Pablo Neruda’s life and work is that he was on Capri in 1952 with Mathilde Urrutia, who would share the last 28 years of his life.

Whether in enforced exile, as on Capri and visiting many of the world’s capitals, or as a diplomat in Burma, Ceylon, the Dutch East Indies, Spain during the Civil War (his in memoriam poems for Lorca, a friend, stun eye and ear), France and Mexico, Neruda travelled effortlessly; as a result, his poetry carries the authentic charge of his encounter with dramas of land and sea and the parallel unfolding of his and Chile's history most recently remembered in the 2017 biopic Neruda about the poet's life in that creative, political and personal turning-point year of 1948.

The love poetry offers the glorious double intimacy of an open heart to the beloved and a confessional in friendship to the reader, and all the while Neruda’s political nerve, incisive and moderate, abundantly inspires fellow feeling beyond borders.

"THANK YOU so much for such a mesmerising evening last night in Taunton. My friend and I left buzzing with delight and enormously stimulated to read more of Pablo Neruda's work. Please do come back with the six other Olympians!"
(Jane Hole, at Neruda Night in Taunton)

“Lots of people who experienced it all have said that it was fabulous. Andrew McMillan in particular was fervent in his praise for your delivery and the content of the talk – he was very impressed indeed”.
(Antony Dunn, Neruda Night lecture at the Bridlington Poetry Festival)
“Splendid" (George Beckmann, at Neruda Night in London)
"You took a unique approach, sent me in directions I hadn't expected, and left me wanting to discover more for myself". (Christine Murphy, after Neruda Night in Lewes)

01308 459511 (Sladers Yard)

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