as you know, we shall be starting our year with a close reading of Sherwood Anderson’s Winesburg Ohio.
To help you understand why we chose this writer, you might like to hear what contemporary novelist Tom Perrotta had to say about him ten years ago.
To whet your appetites for our forthcoming trip, where’s a sneak peek (or should I say eavesdrop) into the music for the production of Twelfth Night we shall be attending…
Do not forget that « these boots are made for walking », so bring along comfortable shoes, I have planned extensive hikes for every single day, starting with a Shakespeare & City gardens themed trail on our first afternoon .
For various reasons, the blog fell by the wayside this year. Whatever, things are looking up now and here are a couple of useful resources you might want to catch up on in the near future:
Arte pulled a very strong programme last night, with first a preview of Raoul Peck’s film about James Baldwin and then a 4-parts documentary on Barack Obama’s presidency. I confess that I went to bed around 11 p.m. (into part 1) but I really recommend it : it’s like watching an episode of The West Wing but it’s real. And you get to hear President Obama again….
I also recommend François Busnel & Eric Fottorino’s latest venture, America, a magazine devoted to the US in the age of Trump. It’s really good, albeit mostly in French….
Rio Loco had embraced a Celtic theme this year. Whilst not a desperate fan of bagpipes and the like, I stumbled across a hidden gem who will be performing on Thursday June 16. His name is Sam Lee, he’s British, with a very unusual background : Jewish middle-class North London boy turned survival expert after an arts degree from the Chelsea School of Design and now one-man repository of British and travelers’ folk-songs, he is making a name for himself and putting traditional folk songs back on the map.
It helps that he’s rather dishy and delightful in a self-deprecating way (see his interventions in the video of the tiny desk concert posted on his website, where you can sample his wonderful English accent as an added bonus).
So, should you be unable to join Sam at a secret location to listen to nightingales sing, here’s a taste of his output:
I think it’s well worth listening to, especially considering Hardy’s poetry has been set for next year.
April and May have been busy months away from the site : the real world beckoned in so many ways that the urge to post waned somewhat…
Highlights of this hiatus were the reading by Claire Keegan from her short stories at Ombres Blanches in early April. Her reading was actually much more sympathetic than her rather stern demeanor at first suggested. She was very compelling on her reasons for writing, and remarkably gracious in the way she put up with a seriously lack-luster host!
Another gem was the new Turner exhibition at the Hôtel de Caumont in Aix-en-Provence : well worth seeing should you go there.
As a bonus, there’s a wonderful foreign language bookshop / tearoom literally across the street where I stocked up, needless to ask!