Keswick

Poet is going to Keswick via Penrith where there will be a showing at the Alhambra Cinema of the 1974 film of Swallows and Amazons starring the President of the Arthur Ransome Society Sophie Neville.

She is the author of a charming book The Filming of Swallows and Amazons available on Amazon.

Until next week, enjoy the brilliant weather!

 

 

 

 

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Gyles Brandreth President of The Oscar Wilde Society in Conversation with Poet

Oscar was a sailor!

Here is a fabulous update from Mr John Cooper.

Sailing was a large part of Wilde’s summer holiday in 1882!  He enjoyed a large amount of time, (several days) on Robert Rossevelt’s yacht “Heart’s Ease.”

It is a name very much appropriate to  both writers Arthur and Oscar!

It is also absolutely brilliant to know that another writer  connects Ransome to Wilde!

Thank you Mr John Cooper for sharing your information with Poet Speak!

WordPress does after all, connect people from round the world!

 

 

 

 

Mr Gyles Brandreth, wit, novelist and President of The Oscar Wilde Society in conversation with Poet at The Platform in Morecambe before his current show
Break a Leg.

See http://oscarwildesociety.co.uk/

http://www.arthur-ransome.org.uk/

https://oscarwildeinamerica.blog

http://www.oscarwildeinamerica.org/quotations/nothing-to-declare.html.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sailing, Seaside and the Lake Country: This is England.

Blow the man down!

 

 

Arthur Ransome and Oscar Wilde had a love of sailing and the sea.

Here are related photos of Glasson Dock, Coniston Lake and Morecambe, the latter related to next week’s post.

Their kite fest, as you see from the pics is amazing!

 

 

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!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Strictly for the Birds!

 

 

This week I visited the local RSPB Centre near Silverdale, which has nature trails close by that are the delight of visitors and locals alike.

Unquestionably Arthur Ransome would have been at home here!

I asked about the birds mentioned in Wilde’s summer poem Garden of Eros.

Much of the wildlife and feathered friends mentioned were available now or in June.

No lovers have materialised yet, but it would be wonderful to capture the idyllic settings of the Lancashire summer in a voice-over.

Grim up north?  What on earth do you mean?

Read Swallows and Amazons, folks!

Even better, visit Silverdale!

 

J S Bach: Ransome and Wilde in Moonlight

 

 

 

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.

http://www.arthur-ransome.org.uk/

http://oscarwildesociety.co.uk/