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Enwrought Light

PUBLIC SCULPTURE, LONDON

Tuesday 06 September 2022

I so enjoyed being a small part of this initiative and creating the outdoor interpretative signboard for the dazzling WB Yeats sculpture ‘Enwrought Light’ in Bedford Park, London. This prestigious project was organised by Cahal Dallat and inspired by Ciarán Hinds’ sensitive reading of the poignant poem, He Wishes for the Cloths of Heaven. The unveiling event was followed by a wonderful evening listening to poetry readings by actors Sinéad Cusack, Ciarán Hinds, Ruth Negga, and Jeremy Irons.

Had I the heavens’ embroidered cloths,
Enwrought with golden and silver light,
The blue and the dim and the dark cloths
Of night and light and the half-light,
I would spread the cloths under your feet:
But I, being poor, have only my dreams;
I have spread my dreams under your feet;
Tread softly because you tread on my dreams.

My involvement in this project was especially meaningful for me, as I used to live in beautiful Bedford Park in the early 1990s when I was working in London.

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'Enwrought with golden and silver light...'

It was a privilege to create the interpretative signboard for the WB Yeats project - the poem 'He Wishes for the Cloths of Heaven' has always meant so much to me.

'Tread softly because you tread on my dreams.'

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Sunday 29 October 2023

Seamus Heaney - A Life in Letters

Yesterday, I attended this wonderfully inspiring event at the Southbank Centre in London. Sitting in the auditorium and listening to Ciarán Hinds read Seamus Heaney’s letters, and then a discussion with Vona Groake, Nick Laird, and Andrew O’Hagan, was a truly memorable experience. It felt quite magical being there, and worlds apart from my quiet life in Cape Town.

Late August, given heavy rain and sun

For a full week, the blackberries would ripen...

SEAMUS HEANEY

Thursday 5 October 2021

The American Poets

Last night I hopped on a bus from where I was staying at our cousin’s home in Belsize Park, and I went to the British Library, where for a few hours I experienced the most enjoyable evening of poetry, listening to Adjoa Andoh, Eileen Atkins, Sinéad Cusack, Jeremy Irons, and Elizabeth McGovern read Emily Dickinson, T.S. Eliot, Robert Frost, and Walt Whitman, among others.

The Song of Wandering Aengus

BY WB YEATS - READ BY MICHAEL GAMBON

This is such a beautiful poem and such a poignant reading; it is truly one of my favourites. I will be forever thankful to great actors who touch our hearts through their readings

so that our lives are deeper, more textured, and filled with beauty and meaning.

The Heart of the Woods

BY AUGUSTA, LADY GREGORY - READ BY DOIREANN NI GHRIOFA

After reading Lady Gregory - An Irish Life, I became enchanted by what I read of the Abbey Theatre in Dublin, and then, after reading Peter Brook's The Open Door - Thoughts on Acting and Theatre, I became enamoured by thoughts of the Bouffes du Nord in Paris, and although both touched my romantic sensibilities, sadly, I have never had the chance to visit either. I did, however, find this wonderful poem that spoke to me about so much that I treasure and hold dear in my life.

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