Going into the New Year and already we have a rich calendar of events as we prepare for our performance day in June. Page editors will be meeting soon to sharpen up the collaborative compilation we have called ‘The River’s Tent is Broken’. I have a meeting next week with JUDE WISDOM, our melodious and multi-talented surrogate Marie Lloyd. Zoom concerts are being arranged in February and March for workshop participants to showcase the many excellent writings that were inspired by the Waste Land project. The invitation to talk about our project at the Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institution ( now called Bath Royal ) has been confirmed for Monday 11th April. And the year has only just begun.
How differently we might respond to TS Eliot’s groundbreaking poem if he had stayed with his first title, ‘He do the police in different voices.’ And how different our experience would have been if Ezra Pound hadn’t encouraged Eliot to thin the first draft by almost half. Twenty five writers have been meeting regularly on zoom to unravel Eliot’s notoriously ‘difficult’ poem and prepare a day of readings and discussion for the centenary of its publication in 1922. Sue Boyle traces their challenging journey and talks about the exciting multi-media performance piece which has evolved from their collaborative work.
Many thanks and warmest New Year greetings to everyone involved in this project – and a warm welcome to anyone reading this who would like to come on board.