“Dante and Shakespeare divide the modern world between them; there is no third”, declared T S Eliot in his 1929 essay on the poet.
Dante’s Divine Comedy, a 14,000-line verse narrative of heart-stopping brilliance, tells the apparently autobiographical story of how, at Easter in the year 1300, Dante set out, with the ghost of the Roman poet Virgil as his guide, on a life-changing journey which led him down into Hell, up the mountain of Purgatory to the Earthly Paradise, and beyond.
Within days of the 700th anniversary of Dante’s death in Ravenna on 14th September 1321, Graham Fawcett re-traces Dante’s footsteps from the moment when he found himself, at the age of 35, lost in a dark wood, with no sign of the path. How could he find his way out and so get his life back? He makes the journey that no-one else has survived.
Inferno, the first book of his Divine Comedy, inspires, astonishes and exhilarates readers across the world to this day with the sheer versatility of its profoundly realistic imagination.
Graham Fawcett is especially brilliant when describing and performing sections of Dante’s wonderfully redemptive work.
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GRAHAM FAWCETT has lectured or led workshops at literary festivals throughout Britain on reading and writing poetry. A highly entertaining lecturer, writer and educator, he has been a tutor for The Poetry School since 1997, devising and teaching new courses on poetry past and present from around the world. Previous to that he wrote and presented radio programmes about literature and music on BBC Radio 3 for many years.
Graham Fawcett’s talks explore leading poets, their lives, the political and cultural environment in which they wrote and, most of all, their work. The programme is two 45 minute halves with an interval.
Enjoy a delicious light pre-lecture dinner served by the celebrated and award-winning Café Sladers. Choose whatever you like from our menu which includes seafood and vegetarian starters or small plates, mains and desserts with a full wine list and our usual great coffee and huge variety of teas. Let us know if you have special dietary requirements.
We [the audience] were more than happy to stay the course, stunned and astonished in equal measure. Stunned by the breadth and depth of Fawcett’s criticism, astonished at our luck to be living miles from a university yet participating in what, to all intents and purposes, was a post-graduate lecture, presented with immaculate complexity by a master of ceremonies par-excellence.