Wilde Walk by Anne Gaelan

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The astounding Oscar Wilde lounge in the Café Royal

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The ceiling of the Oscar Wilde lounge, The Cafe Royal London

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Oscar’s table!

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Poet at the Cafe Royal

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Mr Neil Titley read as Wilde in excerpts of his first trial. Mr Darcy Sullivan played Carson.

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Prince’s Hall, Piccadilly, venue of Wilde’s first UK lecture.

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Site of Wilde’s publisher, John Lane

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Lane’s nephew Allen founded Penguin books.

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St James’ Place where Wilde entertained young men.

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Number 10 and 11 were one residence in Wilde’s day.

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The musician who is so significant in Wilde’s work.

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What is left of the theatre that produced Lady Windermere’s fan. The plaque is of Dorian Gray.

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The Society walk ended here at Theatre Royal Haymarket.

Oscar Wilde’s West End Walk for members of The Oscar Wilde Society started at the Café Royal.

The day was Saturday 29th September 2018.

Enjoy some of our experience.  Even better, join The Oscar Wilde Society.

Just click the link to find out more.

 

Oscar Wilde’s Garden of Eros, the Movie

 

 

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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.

 

 

Wilde Screenplay, North-west Nugget (UK)

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 https://www.raindance.org/courses/.

They also run a film festival.  Details are on https://www.raindance.org/festival/.

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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My Logo

Wilde Film Project in Ransome Setting

 

 

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Poet requires:

Two people (18+) to play the parts of  lovers in a pastoral setting for a short film.
TextWilde’s Garden of Eros as Voice-Over.
The proposed film will have movement with room for a few dance moves.
Costume will have Victorian period and Wildean pre-Raphaelite suggestion.
A favoured location is the Silverdale area of Lancashire an area Arthur Ransome would have loved and an area of great beauty, also a bird lover’s paradise.
Filming will take place in the early morning.
Refreshments will be available.
As Mr Rupert Everett’s film The Happy Prince is about to be released it would be wonderful to have a film for you which evokes the true magic of Wilde the poet.
For now, hopefully the slides above will evoke the true magic of an English garden in summer and the beauty of wild Lancashire.
Enjoy.

 

 

Ransome’s Russia in Morecambe

An example of Russian artistry

Decoration in Russian Style.

At the present time, when our coutry is sadly torn by conflict with Russia, the country which so enchanted Arthur Ransome, it seems appropriate to reflect on the wonderful culture and beautiful art the country has offered through the centuries.

Keegan’s a sandwich shop and cafe in Morecambe which also serves excellent borscht soup has this wonderful dinnerware on display.  The exotic design is so quintessentially Russian and the paint used I was told is only available in Russia!

The manageress kindly allowed me to take this photo for the post.

This place is worth a lunchtime visit.

Meanwhile I will continue to work on completing my Moonlight page recording and hopefully will have something for you next Thursday!

 

 

Leeds Library Festival The Ransome Lecture

 

 

 

Lively Leeds is where city native Arthur Ransome was born in 1884 at 6, Ash Grove.

 

One reason to visit is the Library Festival which is from 3rd – 17th February 2018.

Among the performances, workshops and author events on 16th February  is a  lunchtime talk titled Wilde Ransomed which will uncover a literary legacy for which Ransome remains uncredited  and will include the un-told story of Oscar Wilde and Alfred Douglas, a tale  lost in scandal.  Don’t miss it!

The talk will be accompanied by two films.

 

 

 

 

 

On the Slow Boat to China

 

 

 

Arthur Ransome and Oscar Wilde understood how important it is to build bridges between countries and cultures.

China is a country that was significant to their work.

Wilde  talked of the beautiful cups the people of China use with  which to drink tea in one of his American lectures The Decorative Arts which highlighted the importance of art in everyday life.  This lecture is in The Complete Works of Oscar Wilde by Harper Collins.

Arthur Ransome travelled to China as special correspondent to The Manchester Guardian in 1927 and like his amazing auntie made it to Peking!

Ransome in China 1927 by TARS’ publication Amazon gives a detailed account of his experience of the orient.

This episode of his life inspired Ransome’s 1941 novel Missee Lee.

More about his aunt is in a local publication  The Thorns, produced by the Slyne-with-Hest Historical Society located near Morecambe Bay.

For an example of Chinese culture appreciation in the Western world today click the link below to see the work of the local music centre More Music in Morecambe.

The Long Walk Chinese Orchestra