As the summer solstice approaches, Oscar Wilde’s work is currently in vogue big time and is in the midst of a deserved major revival in contemporary theatre and on film!
Next month a film
The Happy Prince, will be released, a passion project for actor Rupert Everett for over a decade and reflected on BBC1’s Imagine on Sunday night.
We should surely also remember the winter solstice, a time when the moon is of central importance and which plays a significant part in Wilde’s work.
It certainly is in his play
Salome, which Al Pacino turned into a superb film in which Jessica Chastain gave a tour de force performance in the tragic central role.
However, many are not used to thinking of Wilde as a poet, which is a shame as he was a very fine poet.
The moon often makes its appearance in his eloquent verses.
As an example why not take a look at his poem
Endymion, subtitled ( to Music)?
The Arthur Ransome Society
The Oscar Wilde Society
Did you know there was a connection between both these writers? Why not explore this site?
It is particularly relevant in the face of the recent revival of both authors’ works!
Let’s celebrate their wonderful legacy!
Hear the incredible story of the genius who faced obscurity and the rebel with a cause.
Poet’s unique lecture with films is on Thursday, 26th July from 6 pm to 7 pm.
The two films were made in co-operation with Lancaster Film Makers’ Co-op and Lancaster Royal Grammar School.
To sample Poet’s work visit
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a sailor! was
Here is a fabulous update from Mr John Cooper.
Sailing was a large part of Wilde’s summer holiday in 1882! He enjoyed a large amount of time, (several days) on Robert Rossevelt’s yacht “Heart’s Ease.”
It is a name very much appropriate to both writers Arthur and Oscar!
It is also absolutely brilliant to know that
another writer connects Ransome to Wilde!
Thank you Mr John Cooper for sharing your information with Poet Speak!
WordPress does after all, connect people from round the world!
Mr Gyles Brandreth, wit, novelist and President of The Oscar Wilde Society in conversation with Poet at
The Platform in Morecambe before his current show
Break a Leg.
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Here is the exquisite Miss G, who will take the lead role in the film of Wilde’s
Garden of Eros.
2018 is the perfect year for a female lead as it is the centenary of women asserting themselves and gaining the vote in the UK!
As you see, Miss G is the perfect choice for a Wilde heroine, combining the beauty of youth with rustic romanticism.
Enjoy the slides as we prepare for the film.
Next week – Hello, Mr President!
For the author’s work click the link.
Blow the man down!
Morecambe’s 2018 kite festival
A quay at Coniston
The Ransome Experience
Morecambe Bay, Kite Fest
More kites in a cold year.
Arthur Ransome and Oscar Wilde had a love of sailing and the sea.
Here are related photos of Glasson Dock, Coniston Lake and Morecambe, the latter related to next week’s post.
Their kite fest, as you see from the pics is amazing!
Arthur Ransome was admirable for the way in which he championed minority groups.
He befriended the Gypsies of Millom, taking the trouble to learn their language and gain a proper understanding of them.
As Holocaust Memorial Day for Roma on August 2nd approaches when there will be a memorial service in Hyde Park in London it is important for us to follow Ransome’s example and respect our Gypsy and Traveller community.
To do this why not click on the link to the UK Gypsy and Traveller magazine
There are wonderful articles from tackling hate crime and the horrors of forced eviction in Naples to how one Romany man defied stereotypes to become a voice of force in the UK today.
There is also
This site gives a vibrant voice to the vibrant Dorset Gypsy and Traveller community. It’s well worth a visit.
Still from Poet’s film Adieu with Love
A regular post will follow soon.
This week was interrupted by having to travel to Manchester on a work-related trip with a funereal theme – coffins!
It had a flavour of
Don’t Go into the Cellar about it, the theatre prodution company that offers Victorian theatre with bite!
Through them I met Oscar Wilde as theatre show host a.k.a. Mr Jonathan Goodwin the director and producer.
They will be back in Cumbria soon with a production of
The Canterville Ghost.
Here is an update on the present project-a film of Wilde’s poem
Garden of Eros.
The characters are the Lover and Beloved, her lovestruck swain.
The idea is that they will move to a Voice Over.
I first studied screenwriting with The Arvon Foundation, gaining a bursery to do so. It was near a place called Sheepwash in Devon. The course was superb. Centres are all over the United Kingdom. More can be found on https://www.arvon.org/course/.
Ms Lucy Scher and Mr Paul Fraser were my tutors.
Raindance taught me about film production.
For their courses see
They also run a film festival. Details are on
Their courses are excellent value for money and recommended!
Mr Ray Turner Director of Photography on most of my films has given permission to thank him for designing my logo since my initial post.
For more about him see http://www.lancastervideo.co.uk/. He was instrumental in establishing Lancaster Film Makers’ Co-op. For more about us see our YouTube link.
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As Oscar Wilde has dominated recent posts it’s back to nature this week!
Sunday, 3rd June was the perfect day to catch up with The Arthur Ransome Experience!
Barbon Fell is a delightful place for this! It offers a true taste of pastoral England untouched by time!
It awakened a nostalgia for childhood and memories of placing stones across the water to create a pathway over the stream! I must have been about five years old at the time!
The Walkers and Blackett’s would love it!
Here are slides of a truly wonderful day and a magical landscape for you to enjoy!
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with my friend, actor Jenia Greenwood
with the cast of Oscar’s people and Jenia
The Event: A Rehearsed Reading
Title: Oscar’s People
Date: May 25th
Venue: Club for Acts and Actors, Bedford Street, Covent Garden, London
Writer/Director: Neil Titley
Production and Publicity: Vanessa Heron
It was the perfect way to spend Bank Holiday.
Thanks to being a member of The Oscar Wilde Society I had the pleasure of attending this sparkling evening of entertainment full of wit and laughter along with my friend Mrs Jenia Greenwood, also an actor.
A vibrant cast provided delightful portraits of those who had known Oscar Wilde during his life.
Mr Darcy Sullivan played the painter James Whistler, Mr Robert Duncan the actor-manager Sir Herbert Beerbohm Tree, Mr Bill Bingham Oscar Wilde, Mr Paddy O’Keefe George Bernard Shaw and Mr Titley the waiter as Mr Martin Nichols was ill.
It was lovely meeting members of The Oscar Wilde Society and members of the cast afterwards in the bar upstairs.
For more about The Oscar Wilde Society see http://oscarwildesociety.co.uk/.
I am unexpectedly off to London on business and to see the work of Mr Neil Titley who has played Oscar Wilde round the world!
I am looking forward to meeting members of The Oscar Wilde Society and of course (hopefully) Mr Titley!
It would also be nice to try and catch up with members of The Arthur Ransome Society in London.
There is also news on the film of an excerpt of Wilde’s poem Garden of Eros.
The person playing the part of the Narrator (the Lover) is the delightful, beautiful Miss G who has a talent for acting and is also a musician who writes her own songs.
This is so appropriate for a poet whom Arthur Ransome recognised as a Gypsy academic whose poetic works had a proximity to folk song.
Now there is the search for a swain! He will be the Beloved.
Have a wonderful Bank Holiday!