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First Monday with DRARA launches!

Huge thanks to DRARA residents Tom Kuhn and David Constantine for presenting the first of our new monthly series of online talks by our community, for our community: First Monday with DRARA. Tom and David shared their renowned knowledge and insights on Bertolt Brecht; one of the most influential playwrights of the 20th century.

Their truly interesting and thought provoking talk shared an insight into translating the poems of such an important German writer, and went on to read several moving poems. With an audience of 38 residents, it was a great turn out and brilliant launch of this special regular event. You can watch the talk by clicking here. We hope to be able to upload some of the texts of the poems onto our website soon.

Here is what one resident said "That was a wonderful, wonderful talk, perfectly planned and executed, and an inspiration to us to read and learn more. This listener saw all those famous London productions of Brecht in the 1950s, but is rather ignorant of the poetry. Nowadays we readers think about translators, but not then. The talk was most enlightening about the more difficult task of translating poetry. Please thank the speakers and Elizabeth who thought up the whole idea. Makes one proud to live in DRARA area!!!"

A really big thank you also goes out to Elizabeth Mills for hosting the talk, and having the idea of a monthly series of on-line talks in the first place, and to Elizabeth and Clare Ridley for making all the arrangements and embracing the Zoom technology (and making it a success)!

Our next talk is on 1st February and you can sign up now - please see the details below.

First Mon

day with DRARA line up for February and March...

1st February - Stephen Gill "Rueful reflections of a Biographer" Stephen Gill is a retired Professor of English Literature, who was for many years a happy and proud Fellow of Lincoln College. He has edited Wordsworth's work and written three books about it, and has also published on 19th and early 20th century novelists. Please click to register. 1st March - Myfanwy Lloyd "Behind the scenes at the museum: "Owning the Past" at the Ashmolean Myfanwy Lloyd is an historian and independent museum consultant. In this talk she will give an insight into developing the current Ashmolean exhibition ‘Owning the Past: From Mesopotamia to Iraq’, including how work with local people from the Middle East is challenging the museum’s colonial heritage, with lasting consequences. Please click here to register

5th April TBC

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