Arthur Ransome and Oscar Wilde News

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Dear Folks

Long time, no hear you think!

The new news is I have had the pleasure of working with some wonderful professional actors at Guild House, the actors’ union head office in a workshop I led on April 18th.

The text was my screenplay, The Genius and the Rebel, that sheds light on history’s lost story and the homophobic, mainly white England of 1910.  The substance of the screenplay is that the movers and shakers of the time, Arthur Ransome and the publisher Martin Secker challenged this established world.

Both were determined to have Wilde, imprisoned for homosexual practices fifteen years earlier acknowledged as the genius he was by the UK literati.

There was a pleasing range of ages and ethnicity in the workshop, which yielded pleasingly unexpected and thought-provoking feedback.

Thank you so much everyone!

 

 

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Camden Community Radio Interview

 

 

Here is a treat!

Click the link for my interview with the lovely Violet of Camden Community Radio.

Arthur Ransome: The Lost Story.

http://www.canstream.co.uk/camden/index.php?id=980

I had a truly lovely time.  Everyone was so friendly and helpful.

Great to hear your comments!

 

 

 

Signals to the New Year!

It was so wonderful to snuggle into the beginning of Signals, the magazine of The Arthur Ransome Society today – and great to hear about the new Chair!

It was lovely to be reminded about these words of wisdom in Arthur Ransome’s Swallows and Amazons by the President.

“I like cooking.” (mate Susan)

“If you want to go on liking it, take my advice and get someone else to do the washing up!”

(My sentiments exactly!)

Above is a superb pie, the recipe of which was obtained from TARS magazine! It is the only recipe for home made pastry which works for me!  Pastry is the maverick of the amateur cook!

Over Christmas I have also been answering Oscar Wilde film quiz questions for members of The Oscar Wilde Society and watching Oscar Wilde films.

Oscar Wilde with Robert Morley as Wilde and The Trials of Oscar Wilde with Peter Finch in the lead role are worth looking up on YouTube.

In the first film, Ralph Richardson steals the acting honours as Edward Carson – a truly great actor!

Look up your classics folks!  Movies are great to chill to over Christmas!

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The Ransome Experience

 

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.

 

Poet in London

“The only way to get rid of temptation is to yield to it!”

This is the famous Wilde quote.  I have approached Classic Spring, currently producing The Importance of Being Earnest at The Vaudeville Theatre London.

Ah, the cucumber sandwiches!

There will also be an Oscar Wilde walk with fellow members of The Oscar Wilde Society at the end of the month.

More later.

Garden of Eros by Oscar Wilde

Poet’s continuing project with the lovely Miss G is scheduled for September.

Eave’s Wood in Silverdale  is a location suggestion as is Jenny Brown’s Point.

These are beauty spots of Lancashire.

Meanwhile, the weather is dull and windy in Morecambe.  Let’s hope for a mellow September and hope we can pass it off as June!

This post is late due to technical issues.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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!