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Grahame Davies Poetry Recital & Discussion
14th July 2019 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Grahame Davies is a Welsh poet, author and lyricist, who has won numerous prizes, including the Wales Book of the Year Award.
He is the author of 17 books in Welsh and English, including: The Chosen People, a study of the relationship of the Welsh and Jewish peoples; The Dragon and the Crescent, a study of Wales and Islam; a novel, Everything Must Change, about the French philosopher Simone Weil, and the popular work of psychogeography, Real Wrexham.
Festival regulars will also know Grahame as a librettist, he having written the words for Festival Commissions by Paul Mealor, Tom Harrold and Stuart Beatch, including the libretto for Voices of Vimy, 2017’s Festival Commission, premiered by the BBC Singers in New Romney, and broadcast on BBC Radio 3.
Having visited the festival for several years, Grahame has agreed to write a new libretto, based on his poems about the area, for next year’s Festival Commission, composed by Jack Oades. As well as hearing Grahame’s poems and ideas to date, this event will give our festival audience a chance to be involved in the creation of next year’s commission, by participating and commenting on ‘their’ Marsh. This will influence how Grahame approaches his new libretto.
Festival Curator, Michael Bawtree and JAM’s Artistic Director, Edward Armitage, will also contribute to this creative discussion.