Poet’s Update on Arthur and Oscar

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Photo of Poet by Ray Turner

 

I hope you enjoy browsing my updated site about the work of Arthur Ransome and Oscar Wilde!

Please browse around.  Comments are welcome.

This post is early or late depending on whether you have viewed this before.

Click the link to find Poet’s work!

 

 

Ransome’s Russia in Morecambe

An example of Russian artistry

Decoration in Russian Style.

At the present time, when our coutry is sadly torn by conflict with Russia, the country which so enchanted Arthur Ransome, it seems appropriate to reflect on the wonderful culture and beautiful art the country has offered through the centuries.

Keegan’s a sandwich shop and cafe in Morecambe which also serves excellent borscht soup has this wonderful dinnerware on display.  The exotic design is so quintessentially Russian and the paint used I was told is only available in Russia!

The manageress kindly allowed me to take this photo for the post.

This place is worth a lunchtime visit.

Meanwhile I will continue to work on completing my Moonlight page recording and hopefully will have something for you next Thursday!

 

 

Something’s Cooking!

In Vera or The Nihilists, Wilde’s play set in Russia, (the country which so enchanted Arthur Ransome),  Prince Paul says,

“Culture depends on cookery.”

 

Arthur Ransome also liked to make a reference to the culinary in his series of novels.

Readers must look forward to reading about Susan Walker’s efforts in the great outdoors!

Cookery also has an important part to play in literature!

Since I joined TARS, members have made the most wonderful cake creations and it has been a source of joy reading about them.

Cookery also has an important part to play in literature!

Above is an Arthur Ransome themed Pirate Fortress Cake with Chocolate Coins that is easy to make.

Let us wonder what an Oscar Wilde themed cake would look like.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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