If anyone is new to this page here is an opening film which is part of a lost story about Alfred Douglas and Oscar Wilde.
All the players are from the north west of England and it was filmed by Lancaster Film Makers’ Co-op in 2015. Students of Lancaster Royal Grammar School play the main parts.
Here is the link.
For my followers, visuals on Wilde Reflections, my last post, showcasing the work of Mr Fraser and Ms Bryony Rogers will hopefully arrive soon.
Among the photos above, the first and third are of the beautiful natural world around Edinburgh.
Some TARS (The Arthur Ransome Society) members chose to explore the area outside the great city on their free afternoon during our recent A R weekend. The second photo is of the ancient Duddenston Kirk church and the last is a film still from the short Wilde-Douglas.
Here is the promised second film that was shown at the TARS Conference in Edinburgh at the beginning of September. (See TARS Treats). Just click on the link below to view.
Lord Alfred Douglas
The young Scots Lord from Dumfriesshire meets Oscar Wilde in Rouen, France and invites him to Naples.
The year is 1897.
Douglas was a good poet. Among his works are a collection of children’s poems, of which The Cod has won praise in literary circles. Wilde said he was best at the ballad.
The scene was filmed at The Robert Gillow Pub in Lancaster.
Lancaster Royal Grammar Students take the roles of Douglas and Oscar Wilde.
Now we have a brave new voice in the world with the new French President, it is time to add a new post.
Did you know that both Oscar Wilde and Arthur Ransome had connections with France?
Wilde had sympathies with the Revolutionaries who had a vision of a better, more egalitarian society and he expressed Republican sympathies in his poetry.
Fluent in French, having spent a long time in France as a youth, he was widely read in French literature.
When Arthur Ransome undertook his commission to write Oscar Wilde: A Critical Study he travelled to France to meet the French poet Paul Fort, an important voice in the Symboliste movement, among others.
Ransome supported the Russian Revolutionaries and like Wilde, had sympathy with their aims of a better, fairer society. Wilde’s poetry must surely have struck a chord with him along with the much-envied French society of the early nineteenth century.
Let us hope M. Macron succeeds to uphold the principles of the Revolution in this increasingly divisive and divided world.
Vive la France!