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

 

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.

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TARS Treats!

Saturday in Edinburgh

Members of TARS at Duddingston Kirk Church

The Arthur Ransome Society Conference was from Friday 1st September to Sunday 3rd September 2017 at Edinburgh University.  Here is an update with a member photo.

After registration the President of TARS Sophie Neville welcomed everyone.

The talks were as follows:

  1. Wilde Ransomed by myself
  2. Arthur Ransome and the Dymock Poets by Jeff Cooper,  who is Lascelles Abercrombie’s grandson
  3. Nancy Blackett in Life, Literature and Life by Peter Willis
  4. Better than Gold:  Arthur Ransome and the Carnegie Medal by Dr Lucy Pearson
  5.  Call the Agent or How Children’s Books Can Save the World by agent Lindsey Fraser
  6. Faery Stories Which in the Time of Armaggedon Nobody Will Read by Mary Pritchard
  7. Arthur Ransome’s Rewriting of the Russian Folk Tale by Tatiana Bogdranova
  8. Caught in the Russian Revolution: The British Community in Petrograd 1917-1918 by Richard Davies

It was a privilege to be invited to speak and I had a most fulfilling and enjoyable weekend with interesting, friendly people of diverse interests.

On Saturday afternoon we were left to enjoy the delights of Edinburgh and along with Sophie I joined TARS member Malcolm on a walk to a nature reserve where we saw some deer and stopped off at an old church.

On Saturday night there was a splendid gala dinner with a dessert to die for!

The  TARS bookshop and library were open throughout the weekend and I bagged the most beautiful hardback book for only £7.50 about Arthur Ransome in China.

I find  the amount of places associated with this writer amazing.  They include  Chelsea, Camden, Russia, China, Suffolk, Wiltshire, Norfolk, Cumbria and Lancashire.  There is also a French connection which you can read in a previous post.

I promised you films.  Here is the first film shown at the TARS Conference.

https://www.dropbox.com/s/28f5riaa9qpvywt/The%20Genius%20and%20the%20Rebel.mp4?dl=0

It was made in co-operation with Lancaster Royal Grammar School and Lancaster Film Makers’ Co-op.  Both films were highly praised.

The film shows the relevance of Ransome to older school students.

TARS, however, does have a junior magazine for children – Outlaws!

For more about joining TARS go to http://www.arthur-ransome.org.uk