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Sunday 28th April 2019

Laurie Lee - The Lost Recordings with David Parker : 7:30pm


An Illustrated talk by David Parker

Reflections on love, landscape, writing, poetry, childhood, music and much much more from the voice of one of the great English writers of the last century.

In 1994, the year of his 80th birthday, Laurie Lee shared his memories of an ‘eventful’ early life in a series of interviews with the film maker David Parker. It was quite a coup, Laurie did not ‘do’ television! In the recordings he talked with sublime eloquence about his life in the Slad Valley, and the influence of the landscapes and memories of his childhood on his subsequent writing. In this session David will introduce the recordings, and using extracts from them reveal what they tell us about one of England’s finest chroniclers of our times.

‘I was lucky in having this very rich start in life and was never out of touch with the community. Better than any soap opera. This script that I was living and enjoying, was sharing with my neighbours, wasn’t a product of an exhausted script writer, beer stained instead of tear stained, by someone who was recycling, for money, some second hand experiences that he picked up from a mate of his somewhere up The Old Kent Road. No, what we were sharing was certainly a thousand years old perhaps and the habits, the greatness, the goodness and the evil and the sins and the hungers and the habits of relying on each other for help was natural to us, and natural to these parts’.

Doors open 7pm

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