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/.
This photo of a simnel cake enjoyed at Easter is for me the representation of new life and growth.
Easter is the religious festival to look forward to at the start of the year.
The eggs on the cake represent new life and the marzipan balls which symbolise Christ’s “disciples” bring to mind the new path of their life and the new religion Christianity which they brought to the world.
It is certainly relevant to my blog too in its relation to Oscar Wilde’s stories, notably The Selfish Giant which has Christianity central to its tale and in which a garden plays a large part.
Everyone at the beginning of the year should read this story!
Ransome and Wilde offered a bridge to other forms of art in their writing. Both were fine artists in the sense of an ability to draw.
In fact Wilde thought of being an artist before deciding to be a writer.
His drawing of his youthful first love Florence Balcombe is beautiful.
Ransome also contributed illustrations for his books.
Yet music is an important part of their work. The old folk favourite such as the well-known Blow the Man Down finds its way into Swallows and Amazons. This piece is sure to be found in a book of folk songs with simple arrangements and is excellent for beginner accompanists. The family can help young or amateur pianists by singing after practise!
Signals, TARS magazine reports that Arthur Ransome Society events are rich with song at family friendly gatherings, a great way to improve community spirit and bring everyone together!
Chopin was the musician of significance who made his way into Wilde’s work. He is mentioned in Intentions, (also the title of the Oscar Wilde Society publication for memebers!) where the character Gilbert passes comment on this piano mastro’s majestic works. Chopin also makes an impression on the character Lord Henry Wotton in The Picture of Dorian Gray.
Did you know Wilde’s brother was a very good amateur pianist with a particular love of Chopin?
I could add a page about music and include reviews about music or musicians relating to both artists.
Would readers like this?
I shall be reviewing Julian Lovelock’s Swallows, Amazons and Coots for my next post. His introduction is intriguing.
Thanks go to Mr Chris Wright of UpFront Theatre in Lancaster UK for filming the attached video and to The Friends Meeting House in Lancaster for permission to film.
Though the supernatural was not to Arthur Ransome’s taste, an important writer who lived at the time Ransome was a young man and whose work had a definite taste for the macabre was Saki, also known as H H Munro.
The countryside, animals and nature are central to his famous collection of short stories which satirize the Edwardian era and display a Wildean-type wit.
Born in 1870, Saki became a casualty of The Great War and died in 1916.
One of his tales has a title which would surely have struck a chord with Arthur Ransome is The Open Window.
If you want a taste of the Halloween spirit on the day itself, just click the link.
It’s good to remember that fun is central to enjoyment of this season.
As we all await the Halloween spectacular on the BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing, perhaps followers of this blog would like to watch a video which tells a Victorian-style story set in the modern age through the use of movement and classical ballet.
Just click the link above!
The film, made in 2006, was inspired by Richard Schumann’s hauntingly beautiful Kinderscenen, in English, Scenes from Childhood . It is for the family, like Wilde’s Canterville Ghost. (See below)