Saturday 3rd October
Colwall Park Hotel
Remembering Rupert Brooke
12.00 Neil Maybin: Living in Rupert Brooke’s Room?
12.45 Linda Hart will introduce Lorna Beckett’s recently published book The Second I Saw You: The True Love Story of Rupert Brooke and Phyllis Gardner.
14.30 Nicholas Murray, poet and author, Begloried Sonnets: A New Look at Patriotic Rhetoric in the Poetry of Rupert Brooke, also author of The Red Sweet Wine of Youth: British Poets of the First World War (Abacus).
16.00 Plenary discussion, including David Worthington, chair of the War Poets Association
Sunday 4th October
Meet at Ledbury Railway Station
10.15 Poets in Ledbury
Other Events of Interest
Langland Study Day
Saturday 19th September 2015 from 9:45am
The Worcestershire poet William Langland wrote his epic poem Piers Plowman 650 years ago. Worcester Cathedral is holding a Langland Study Day on Saturday 19th September 2015 from 9:45 am to 5:00 pm, in association with the International Piers Plowman Society and the Autumn in Malvern Festival.
Five distinguished speakers will discuss Langland and the literary, monastic and musical context:
- Dr Carl Schmidt, editor of the Middle English text of the poem
- Dr Lawrence Warner, Director of the International Piers Plowman Society
- The Right Rev Dom Aidan Bellenger, OSB, former Abbot of Downside
- Frances Eustace, medieval music specialist and performer
- Peter Sutton, author of a new verse translation of the poem
Choral Evensong follows at 5:30 pm.
Tickets are available from Worcester Live Box Office, Huntingdon Hall, Crowngate, Worcester WR1 3LD, telephone 01905 611427. The cost is £30 including tea/coffee and lunch, with all profits after expenses going to Cathedral funds. Bookings will be accepted until 12 September.
For more information, please see the flyer for the event.
Max Egremont: Forever England:
Poets of the First World War and their view of home
Autumn in Malvern Festival
Sunday 27th September at 3pm
The talk will be about how the poets looked back from the trenches to an ideal England. It will comment on how the survivors saw the pre-1914 era. Also how the poets’ war became a widely accepted version of the historical truth. Among the poets featured will be Edward Thomas, Rupert Brooke and Ivor Gurney. The charge to the general public for a ticket will be £7.
The Friends of the Dymock Poets is sponsoring this event and will offer tickets to members at a discounted rate on a ‘first come, first served’ basis.
James Kelly: Some Grace of argument ...
John Drinkwater’s Rebellion at Birminghham Rep, May 1914
Birmingham and Midland Institute Monday Lecture Series
Monday 2nd November at 1pm
The Birmingham Repertory Theatre, which recently celebrated its centenary, was a pioneer in the renovation of theatre in Britain in the early twentieth century. Birmingham was the first custom-built repertory theatre in Britain and this talk analyses the production of Rebellion (May 1914), a verse drama in three acts, written by one of the Dymock Poets., the theatre manager and aspiring playwright, John Drinkwater This talk incorporates rare photographs of the cast held at the Library of Birmingham and, by describing their subsequent careers examines the originality of this early production, and the important impact which the Birmingham Rep made on theatre history in the UK and elsewhere.
Admission is free to BMI members, or £3 to non-members at reception.