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.
“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.
The news today is that the recording of Bach’s Prelude Number One went like a dream and is there on the new Moonlight page to add a new dimension to this site.
Mr Ray Turner of Lancaster Film Makers’ Co-op kindly filmed this video, had it ready for today and took the photographs, creating a special moonlight effect so a big thank you goes to him.
You will notice if you visit the new page that Bach’s magnificent piece of music has a ripple effect like running water and seems so appropriate to represent the streams, lakes and rivers of the Lake District that Arthur Ransome loved so much and the life on the ocean wave or river lifestyle that was so central to him as a man.
It is also appropriate to the amazing characters in his novels and their adventures.
Yet we must not forget that Wilde also was a keen sailor. He visited the Worthing regatta a year before his disastrous trials and enjoyed trips on the water.
Bach’s masterpiece also reflects the mood of the age in which these writers lived, its triumphs and tragedies.
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!
Soon I will be performing music which is a suitable reflection of the genius of Arthur Ransome and Oscar Wilde on my new Moonlight page.
It is for my followers to ‘chill’ to.
Last night a recording was made on video of the ultimate moonlight piece a.k.a. J S Bach’s Prelude Number 1.
Alas, there was a hitch!
I hope you like the photo.
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.
Leeds library is a truly inspiring place to visit and during the festival there were an awe-inspiring range of art and craft workshops, presentations and hubs to choose from.
The last item yesterday was my talk Wilde Ransomed about how A R made Wilde in the twentieth century by his book Oscar Wilde: A Critical Study.
He was the perfect choice of subject because Ransome is a Leeds native.
The Leeds Central Library manager Rose was kindly on hand to help with the technology.
It was a wonderful day and everyone agreed they had learned something new about the most famous and notorious relationship in the world between Wilde and Douglas.
Oscar Wilde: A Critical Study by Ransome is a work to celebrate because it has also led to the discovery in our time of a story lost in scandal.
As a drink why not try opal hush? (It is in the far right photo).
This is what Ransome used to drink along with his rebel actors, playwrights and poets from The Abbey Theatre in Dublin.
It is a combination of claret and lemonade.
Do you like it?
I have tried it and recommend it!
In Vera or The Nihilists, Wilde’s play set in Russia, (the country which so enchanted Arthur Ransome), Prince Paul says,
“Culture depends on cookery.”
Arthur Ransome also liked to make a reference to the culinary in his series of novels.
Readers must look forward to reading about Susan Walker’s efforts in the great outdoors!
Cookery also has an important part to play in literature!
Since I joined TARS, members have made the most wonderful cake creations and it has been a source of joy reading about them.
Cookery also has an important part to play in literature!
Above is an Arthur Ransome themed Pirate Fortress Cake with Chocolate Coins that is easy to make.
Let us wonder what an Oscar Wilde themed cake would look like.