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Monday 21 January 2019 - 19.00 - 21.15


The Oak Lounge, Mercure Bush Hotel

Lecture-performance-with-readings (and an interval). World Poets 2019 England tour D H Lawrence, poet Lecture-performance with Graham Fawcett

If, rather than knowing him only as the author of Sons and Lovers, The Rainbow and other novels, you have ever read a poem by D H Lawrence, the chances are that it may well have been the unforgettable early portrait, in word, picture and sound, of him remembering a woman playing a piano; or the intensely relived-moment-by-moment drama of a snake in Sicily; or, perhaps especially, the great late poem 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. 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; he was also a celebrant of human nature in his instinct for the tenderness, passion and struggle in the love between men and women, men and men, women and women.

“If you have never experienced Graham Fawcett, you have missed something. His childlike enthusiasm for the greats of the canon is the motor that drives through his two-part, two-hour monologues to a journey’s end of revelation. (John Pownall, The Bridport Review, 2016)