Wilde Week

How wonderful to receive the OW Society publication Intentions — and a privilege to see my contribution to this eminent publication!

It was also exciting to see in a bookshop this week a copy of Oscariana, the book Wilde’s wife compiled with a collection of her husband’s aphorisms.

London is wonderful!

At last I have had articles published in both TARS and OW Society publications!

Truly though, it is important never to lose our connection to the great classics in literature!

I have also engaged in activities to bring the incredible, amazing, lost story of these two authors and the links A R unwittingly unlocked between Wilde and Douglas to a wider platform.

These authors, thought poles apart, actually had much more in common than people think!

O W Society member Mr John Cooper has highlighted that O W shared A R’s love of life on the ocean wave, was at the very least a competent sailor and certainly an enthusiastic one!

A R also unwittingly unlocked the key to the enigmatic relationship between Oscar Wilde and Douglas in his own masterpiece lost to society in 2018.

Both men were both part of Cool Britannia!

For information about The Oscar Wilde Society click the link

For TARS see http://www.arthur-ransome.org.uk/

 

Wilde and Crouch End

 

 

Oscar Wilde’s most famous play produced by Classic Spring is also featuring at the Art House cinema Crouch End.

Crouch End is a delightful place not overrun by tourists.

Here are some photos of the park there in Wilde’s favourite month – Autumn.

 

 

Poet’s Search for A Swain: Oscar Wilde’s Garden of Eros – the Movie

 

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I am currently searching for a young actor aged 17-18 to play the part of a swain for a film of Oscar Wilde’s poem.

The film will be a voice-over with Miss G and her swain telling the story of young lovers through movement.

I accidentally met members of Morecambe Ramblers yesterday and left details to see if anyone can make suggestions for location shoots around Silverdale, one of Lancashire’s beauty spots and a tourist and walkers’ hotspot.

The shooting will be the end of August and the first few days in September now.

The situation now is that Poet is awaiting news from a youth group.

Thanks to photographers from Pexels for some of the shots for my slideshow.

Hope you enjoy it!

 

Arthur Ransome and the Roma

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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 www.travellerstimes.org.uk ?

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 www.kushtibokdorset.co.uk .

This site gives a vibrant voice to the vibrant Dorset Gypsy and Traveller community.  It’s well worth a visit.

 

Swallows and Amazons in Yorkshire

 

 

 

 

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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!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

An Oscar for you!

 

 

 

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/.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Morecambe Bay Brilliance!

Just click the link!

It was great being able to write something about my home town as a guest blogger!

Here are the reasons you should come to Morecambe – and yes the author links are there including a celebrity!

The response to my post has been wonderful so it may as well be included here!

Thanks so much Mr Mohamad Al Karbi and to Morecambe Tourist Service for the pics!

All the best

Poet

Anne Gaelan 3_preview

 

 

 

 

The Quantum Poet at Golborne Library

 

 

 

Do you remember Mr Dean Fraser, a.k.a. the Quantum Poet who took part in Wilde Reflections, a show in Garstang, Lancashire, UK in January 2018?

Mr Fraser has a lot of time for Arthur Ransome as he is of Gypsy heritage himself and like Ransome has a great respect for nature which is evident in his poetry.

On Thursday, April 12th 2018 we caught up with each other at Golborne library in south Lancashire in the UK.

It was so good to be at a library with free parking!

At his event he commented that all good music is poetry.

As you are aware PoetSpeak challenges the popular notion that music and musicality have no significant role in Oscar Wilde’s work.

The comment was most welcome!

After the show it was nice to stop in The Queen Anne pub for light refreshments.  It was a very clean establishment.

For a full review of his presentation at which the poet read a selection from his books click the link below.

Mr Dean Fraser at Golborne

 

 

Chopin’s Charm finds a Wilde Connection

 

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After playing Chopin, I feel as if I had been weeping over sins that I had never committed, and mourning over tragedies that were not my own.” Gilbert, The Critic as Artist Part I

Polish maestro Frederik Chopin slips into more than one of Oscar Wilde’s works.

The significance of this surely traces back to Wilde’s brother Willie, an accomplished and talented pianist with a particular love of Chopin as Ellmann notes in his celebrated biography Oscar Wilde.

Chopin wrote plenty of nocturnes, traditionally associated with night music, like his charming Nocturne in F Minor which is traditionally associated with night, but his famous Prelude in E Minor captures more the elements of Gilbert’s statement.

Chopin’s Opus 28 No. 4 is suitable for a Moonlight page.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lady Windermere’s Fan

 

 

 

 

There is something of a Wilde revival in London at the present time, which immediately conjures up the image of witty plays with wealthy characters in who offer much-needed laughter to an audience in these troubled times.

Wilde afficionados in England’s capital are sure to be fulfilled this chilly March.

This current production of  Wilde’s sparkling comedy by the company Classic Spring is at the Vaudeville Theatre in London and playing to brilliant reviews with the superb Jennifer Saunders and Samantha Spiro in the lead female roles.

It was Wilde’s first great success when he began to taste the nectar of fortune in addition to fame.

Wilde found it difficult to get into this play the reason for which can be found in Arthur Ransome’s Oscar Wilde: A Critical Study.

It is a work well worth chasing up at your library as it shows superb insight that matches Richard Ellmann’s masterpiece which came out in 1987.