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!

 

 

 

Wilde Week

How wonderful to receive the OW Society publication Intentions — and a privilege to see my contribution to this eminent publication!

It was also exciting to see in a bookshop this week a copy of Oscariana, the book Wilde’s wife compiled with a collection of her husband’s aphorisms.

London is wonderful!

At last I have had articles published in both TARS and OW Society publications!

Truly though, it is important never to lose our connection to the great classics in literature!

I have also engaged in activities to bring the incredible, amazing, lost story of these two authors and the links A R unwittingly unlocked between Wilde and Douglas to a wider platform.

These authors, thought poles apart, actually had much more in common than people think!

O W Society member Mr John Cooper has highlighted that O W shared A R’s love of life on the ocean wave, was at the very least a competent sailor and certainly an enthusiastic one!

A R also unwittingly unlocked the key to the enigmatic relationship between Oscar Wilde and Douglas in his own masterpiece lost to society in 2018.

Both men were both part of Cool Britannia!

For information about The Oscar Wilde Society click the link

For TARS see http://www.arthur-ransome.org.uk/

 

Oscar Wilde Quiz

Discord is to be forced to be in harmony with others.”

Which Wilde wag or maverick said this and in which work?

Do you know?  Why ask?

Well, the latest news is that there is going to be a quiz in November for Oscar Wilde Society members!

Which of you readers of my blog know that Wilde’s publisher was called John Lane?   See below for more on this!

In which play is there a servant of that name?

The quiz night is going to be such fun!

Why not join this exquisite Society?

Just click the link to find out more!

Poet has been ill which is why this post has been off the radar for a while.

Enjoy!

 

 

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.

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Arthur Ransome and the Roma

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Arthur Ransome was admirable for the way in which he championed minority groups.

He befriended the Gypsies of Millom, taking the trouble to learn their language and gain a proper understanding of them.

As Holocaust Memorial Day for Roma on August 2nd approaches when there will be a memorial service in Hyde Park in London it is important for us to follow Ransome’s example and respect our Gypsy and Traveller community.

To do this why not click on the link to the UK Gypsy and Traveller magazine www.travellerstimes.org.uk ?

There are wonderful articles from tackling hate crime and the horrors of forced eviction in Naples to how one Romany man defied stereotypes to become a voice of force in the UK today.

 There is also www.kushtibokdorset.co.uk .

This site gives a vibrant voice to the vibrant Dorset Gypsy and Traveller community.  It’s well worth a visit.