Cahal Dallat and Anne-Marie Fyfe: Charles Causley – musical influences and origins
Date: Saturday June 3rd
Venue: Guildhall (in the Launceston Town Hall: no. 3 on the Festival venues map )
Ticket price: £5.00
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Current Causley Trust poet/musician in residence, Cahal Dallat, talks about and illustrates his latest project to create new settings of Charles Causley’s poems. Influenced by a range of sources – from street ballads, Gaelic laments and baroque compositions (Causley’s Cornish/West-Country and wider British and Celtic heritage) to jazz, blues, 60s folk songs, and the 30s and 40s dance-band numbers he once played locally – these sounds and styles place Causley at the heart of modern life, of contemporary concerns. Cahal will illustrate his talk with music (on piano, mandolin, accordion, flute) and will be joined by his wife, poet Anne-Marie Fyfe, reading excerpts from Causley’s poems, prose, life and letters.
C.L. Dallat, poet, musician and critic, lives in London, where he reviews literature and the arts for the ‘Times Literary Supplement’ and ‘The Guardian’, among others, and has been a regular contributor to BBC Radio 4’s weekly ‘Saturday Review’ since 1998. He has won the Strokestown International Poetry Competition and his latest collection is ‘The Year of Not Dancing’ (Blackstaff Press, 2009). His website is www.cahaldallat.com .
Anne-Marie Fyfe’s fifth poetry collection, ‘House of Small Absences’ (Seren Books) has just been published. Anne-Marie lives in London, where she works as an arts organiser. She has won the Academi Cardiff International Poetry Prize and is Poetry Co-ordinator for the annual John Hewitt International Summer School in Armagh City. She is a former chair of the UK’s Poetry Society. Her website is www.annemariefyfe.com .
This event is supported through the kind generosity of the Charles Causley Trust.