Saturday 28th July : JOURNEYS
ODYSSEY: A multi-media retelling from authors old and new. Contributions ahead of time warmly invited from subscribers and members of the audience.
LOCATION : BATH ROYAL LITERARY AND SCIENTIFIC INSTITUTION, QUEEN SQUARE, BATH BA1 2HN. NEAREST CAR PARK: CHARLOTTE STREET.
AFTERNOON EVENT OPENS AT 1.45PM for prompt start at 2PM
Emily Wilson introduced her highly acclaimed new translation of the Odyssey at Bath Assembly Rooms on 26th May during the Bath Festival. We will be using the Odyssey as the keynote text for our afternoon. FROM THE FESTIVAL WEBSITE: To the Western world’s first great adventure story, The Odyssey, comes its first female translator, classicist Emily Wilson, whose sprightly and fresh version is already garnering huge praise. Join her and hear extended readings from Homer’s epic tale of war, violence and the long journey home – themes that remain as pressing now as they ever were.
CONTRIBUTIONS ARE NOW REQUESTED FOR OUR ODYSSEY AFTERNOON. I AM KEEPING A LIST OF SUGGESTIONS ON THE HEADER PAGE ADJACENT TO THIS.
see our most recent post, and extracts below.
SETTING OUR FOR ITHAKA
As you set out for Ithaka
hope the voyage is a long one
full of adventure, full of discovery.
Constantine Petrou Cavafy (1863 – 1933)
Bath Writers & Artists’ fascinating journey is only just beginning, but what an adventure we are about to have!
This afternoon ( 27th May) at least six of us – VERONA BASS, AMA BOLTON, SARAH GREGORY, ANN PRESTON, TESSA STRICKLAND and me – were swept away in Bath Assembly Rooms by the vivacity and brilliance of Emily Wilson’s presentation of her new translation of The Odyssey which is inspiring our next meetup on 28th July. Already ideas for an afternoon paying homage to this greatest of all literary journeys are flowing in. Cavafy, for example, (portrait above) whose marvellous Ithaka ( read by the right person ) is going to electrify the room. Margaret Atwood, Derek Walcot, Joseph Brodsky, Louise Gluck, Chaim Gouri, Carol Ann Duffy, Michael Longley….. I have already been offered mesmerising poems by all of these. We will be using extracts from Emily Wilson’s book to provide a simple framework for the afternoon contributions – which means we need an authoritive and compelling voice or pair of voices to play the part of guiding narrative.
ALSO ON JULY 28TH…
AMA BOLTON is going to share her journey to St Kilda,
and VERONA BASS the journey she has made to create her two debut poetry pamphlets.
And for journeys of the spirit, one of Bath Writers & Artists great adventurers, Sherborne singer/songwriter MIRANDA PENDER is allowing me to share this recent portrait. Miranda recently created a musical setting for William Henreysen’s final letter from Mexico, beginning with the words “I have been anointed for a journey”, which just might, therefore, find its tiny way into our afternoon.
PLEASE GET IN TOUCH IF YOU HAVE IDEAS AND THOUGHTS TO SHARE ABOUT OUR ODYSSEY AFTERNOON, OR WOULD LIKE TO CONTRIBUTE BY READING / PERFORMING /SINGING SOME OF THE WORKS WE CHOOSE.
WE WILL WELCOME SHARED PRESENTATIONS & STORYTELLING AS WELL AS POETRY, AND WILL BE DELIGHTED TO BE OFFERED COMPACT TALKS, WITH SLIDES.
ANYTHING , REALLY, WHICH DELIGHTS THE GIVER, SPRINGS OFF SOME MOMENT IN HOMER’S ODYSSEY, AND WHICH WILL ENTHRALL AND ENTERTAIN THE AUDIENCE…..
DRESS CODE : BLACK FEATHERS (see below)
MORNING WORKSHOP FULL : 11 people AMA BOLTON 2 , JUNE WENTLAND 1, ANN PRESTON 2, MICHAEL LOVEDAY 1, MARILYN FRANCIS 3, LINDA SAUNDERS 2 (?) TESSA STRICKLAND 2 , CLAIRE COLEMAN 1, HARRY THURSTON 3 , SARA-JANE ARBURY 2 , SUE CHADD 2