January: “…a damp gust/Bringing rain”

Among this month’s new items on the website are a couple which you would be advised to look at soon, if you want to make the most of them!

For instance, we have posted details of a reading of The Waste Land taking place on London’s South Bank next weekend. Featuring actor Tom Mannion, tickets for the event next Sunday, 10th January are free. Full details are on the Events page.

On Christmas Day, Jeremy Irons read Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats on BBC Radio 4. For a limited time, you can hear the broadcast again on the BBC iPlayer. Alternatively, you can download and keep the recording as a podcast – links to both resources are on the News page. But hurry – they are only available for the next three weeks.

Also in News, you can hear an American interview with Christopher Ricks about TS Eliot and the Birth of the Modern Poet. And you can listen to an amusing parody of his annotated Poems, by the Guardian’s John Crace, together with a discussion of Eliot’s contemporary stature with Robert McCrum.

On the Events page, we are able to confirm that this year’s TS Eliot Festival will be held at Little Gidding over two days, the weekend of 9th/10th July. Make a note in your diaries now, and further details will appear on either the Events page or the Members page as they are confirmed.

And finally, the Society itself has published a set of essays by the Editor of our Journal, Graham Pechey. Tongues of Fire – Word and Being in Four Quartets examines how the smallest and most powerful words in Four Quartets speak with all the weight of European tradition to a moment of existential threat, and how they continue to resonate today. Full details of the publication, and how to purchase a copy, are on the News page.

Fare forward!

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