Oscar Wilde and the Solstice Symbol

The Winter Solstice, a time when the moon is of central importance, is surely the perfect time to appreciate Wilde’s work, in which the moon is often significant.

It certainly is in his play Salome, which Al Pacino not so long ago turned into a superb film in which Jessica Chastain gave a tour de force performance in the tragic central role.

However, many are not used to thinking of Wilde as a poet, which is a shame as he was a very fine poet.

The moon often makes its appearance in his eloquent verses.

As an example why not take a look at his poem Endymion, subtitled  (to Music)?

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Wilde to Ransome

The Arthur Ransome Society

The purpose of this site is to raise awareness and encourage appreciation of the literature given to the world by Arthur Ransome and Oscar Wilde.

This is especially appropriate in 2017, Arthur Ransome’s fiftieth anniversary year.

I am a north west poet,  film maker and member of The Arthur Ransome Society (TARS) with a published first collection Pathways.  For more about my book follow the link below,

Much of my poetry collection was inspired by these great writers.

I  started this project in 2014 about the little-known connection between the two writers.  I wrote and directed two films,  The Genius and the Rebel and Wilde-Douglas in co-operation with Lancaster Film Makers’ Co-op and Lancaster Royal Grammar School.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Leeds Library Festival

Leeds library is a truly inspiring place to visit and during the festival there were an awe-inspiring range of art and craft workshops, presentations and hubs to choose from.

The last item yesterday was my talk Wilde Ransomed about how A R made Wilde in the twentieth century by his book Oscar Wilde: A Critical Study.

He was the perfect choice of subject because Ransome is a Leeds native.

The Leeds Central Library manager Rose was kindly on hand to help with the technology.

It was a wonderful day and everyone agreed they had learned something new about the most famous and notorious relationship in the world between Wilde and Douglas.

Oscar Wilde: A Critical Study by Ransome is a work to celebrate because it has also led to the discovery in our time of a story lost in scandal.

As a drink why not try opal hush? (It is in the far right photo).

This is what Ransome used to drink along with his rebel actors, playwrights and poets from The Abbey Theatre in Dublin.

It is a combination of claret and lemonade.

Do you like it?

I have tried it and recommend it!

Enjoy!

 

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Leeds Library Festival The Ransome Lecture

 

 

 

Lively Leeds is where city native Arthur Ransome was born in 1884 at 6, Ash Grove.

 

One reason to visit is the Library Festival which is from 3rd – 17th February 2018.

Among the performances, workshops and author events on 16th February  is a  lunchtime talk titled Wilde Ransomed which will uncover a literary legacy for which Ransome remains uncredited  and will include the un-told story of Oscar Wilde and Alfred Douglas, a tale  lost in scandal.  Don’t miss it!

The talk will be accompanied by two films.

 

 

 

 

 

Wilde Video

The positive response led to the conclusion it is woth a re-blog. To those who have seen this thank for your support and truly inspiring comments.

If anyone is new to this page here is an opening film which is part of a lost story about Alfred Douglas and Oscar Wilde.  They meet in Rouen after his release from prison in 1897.

All the players are from the north west of England and it was filmed by Lancaster Film Makers’ Co-op in 2015.  Students of Lancaster Royal Grammar School play the main parts.

Here is the link.

For my followers, visuals on Wilde Reflections, my last post, showcasing the work of Mr Fraser and Ms Bryony Rogers will hopefully arrive soon.

 

 

Arthur and Oscar

If anyone is new to this page here is an opening film which is part of a lost story about Alfred Douglas and Oscar Wilde.

All the players are from the north west of England and it was filmed by Lancaster Film Makers’ Co-op in 2015.  Students of Lancaster Royal Grammar School play the main parts.

Here is the link.

For my followers, visuals on Wilde Reflections, my last post, showcasing the work of Mr Fraser and Ms Bryony Rogers will hopefully arrive soon.

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Wilde Video

 

 

If anyone is new to this page here is an opening film which is part of a lost story about Alfred Douglas and Oscar Wilde.

All the players are from the north west of England and it was filmed by Lancaster Film Makers’ Co-op in 2015.  Students of Lancaster Royal Grammar School play the main parts.

Here is the link.

For my followers, visuals on Wilde Reflections, my last post, showcasing the work of Mr Fraser and Ms Bryony Rogers will hopefully arrive soon.

Wilde Reflections

 

 

 

 

 

Tonight from 6.30 pm to 8.00 pm there will be an evening of poetry and traditional music  that will celebrate the poetry of Oscar Wilde at Garstang library.

It is opposite Booth’s superstore at 45, Windsor Road, Preston PR3 1EX, UK.

Tickets are £4 including refreshments.  Cakes, coffee and tea will be available.

Other poets at the event include The Quantum Poet Dean Fraser and Bryony Rogers, also a film maker.  They will be reading their own nature inspired poetry.

Dean has his own radio show with over 300,000 potential listeners in the UK.

He is also the author of a book titled YOU, but Happier, Healthier and More Successful and has written for major magazines.

His articles have featured in Take a Break, New Age Journal, Living Now, Wisdom, and many more!

For Dean click the link.

His book Beyond Poetry has a focus on many themes which were dear to Arthur Ransome.

Bryony Rogers is a poet of thirty years’ experience.  You will find her work in Take Five Poets, a collection by ID Books, as well as South Magazine and Earth Pathways Diaries and Calendars.

Much of her work is inspired by her deep love of Nature and sense of the sacred she finds there.

Why not take a look at her website,www.songofawakening.org.uk?

See also www.movingessence.net ,www.facebook.com/natureasmedicine  and  www.facebook.com/songofawakeninguk.

At the end there will be an open mic for local poets to read their work.

For more about me and the artists and work I promote see https://www.facebook.com/AnneGaelanCreativeWriter/.

For those who want to sign up to my newsletter I am working on a site Just for You for subscribers only!

See you tonight!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Boats in Glasson Dock

Glasson Dock is the perfect place for tourists with a true Ransome-esque flavour!

The magnificent marina and fine boats takes your breath away!

It is the perfect place to go on a bright winter day as I did and really lifts the spirits!

This village with a rich history going back to the eighteenth century is clean, small and quaint with some great places to eat or buy food, notably the Dalton Arms and the Smokehouse.

For Arthur Ransome fans who want the A R experience there are also some walks along the canal in which to enjoy and savour the wildlife of Lancashire!

 

The Marina

A January Joy!

Photo Challenge: Growth

This photo of a simnel cake enjoyed at Easter is for me the representation of new life and growth.

Easter is the religious festival to look forward to at the start of the year.

The eggs on the cake represent new life and the marzipan balls which symbolise Christ’s “disciples” bring to mind the new path of their life and the new religion Christianity which they brought to the world.

It is certainly relevant to my blog too in its relation to Oscar Wilde’s stories, notably The Selfish Giant which has Christianity central to its tale and in which a garden plays a large part.

Everyone at the beginning of the year should read this story!

 

 

 

 

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