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Insight: Discussion on Keats and Schubert

Insight: Discussion on Keats and Schubert

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Inspired by Wells’ The Time Machine, we travel back in time in this year's Strange Concords: Words and Music Time Machine Events to alight on seminal artistic creations that once shaped our cultural future.

Join Natasha Loges, Peter Phillips and Franca Simpson for an insight discussion on John Keats and Franz Schubert, and what inspired the Book Festival curators to bring together their words and music in surprising, but exciting, conjunctions.

Peter Phillips is a Keats scholar who has given papers at each of the Keats Conferences. He is a Trustee of the Keats Foundation, and runs the Keats bicentenary website, as well as compiling and publishing the Keats Bicentenary Diary which covers the poet’s ‘Living Year’ 1818-1819.

Natasha Loges is Head of Postgraduate Programmes at the Royal College of Music. Her publications include articles and chapters in the Cambridge Companion to the Singer-Songwriter, the Cambridge History of Musical Performance and the journal Music & Letters. Her book Brahms and his Poets: A Handbook received the American Musicological Society's Thomas Hampson Award in summer 2016.

Franca Simpson is Italian by birth and British by choice. In 2012, following a long held dream of working with books, she went back to university to study for an MA in Professional Writing at London Metropolitan University, and this eventually led in 2015 to her launching Calisi Press, a small independent publishing company focusing on Italian women writers in English translation.

This event takes place at St Mary & St Eanswythe’s Church, Church Street, Folkestone, CT20 1SE. Free to attend, booking essential.

1819 - England & Austria takes place on Sunday 24 November at 2.30pm and 5pm at St Mary & St Eanswythe's Church. Odes by John Keats, read by Greta Scacchi and The Trout Quintet by Franz Schubert performed by Julius Drake (piano), Priya Mitchell (violin), Sascha Bota (viola), Brian O’Kane (cello), Steven Williams (double bass).

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St Mary's & St Eanswythe's Church
Church Street,
CT20 1SW

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