T S Eliot comes to Little Gidding (again)!
It is startling to think that in a remote rural corner of old Huntingdonshire, at the end of a single-track lane, you will find a concentration of like-minded enthusiasts, eminent thinkers and writers, poets of renown and performance readers…..all of whom come together because of their passion for the writings of one man: Thomas Stearns Eliot.
The programme ranged from performance readings of poems to serious, in-depth lectures; from an update on the publication of Eliot’s writings to members of the
audience reading out their own favourite Eliot poems; from a Beethoven concert in Steeple Gidding church to choral Evensong in St John’s; from shared reminiscences over a glass of wine to the hearing of yet another fine reading of Eliot’s Fourth Quartet “Little Gidding”. All of this took place at the heart of the tiny community known as Little Gidding, forever linked to the memory of T.S.Eliot who visited the place in 1936.
Amongst the eminent speakers and poets were: Richard Harries (former Bishop of Oxford), Hugh Black Hawkins (Chair of the T.S.Eliot Society), Paul Muldoon and Bernard O’Donoghue (both eminent poets) and Sandeep Parmar (a visiting fellow at Clare College). More than 100 attended on each of the two days accompanied, as usual, by members of the T.S.Eliot Summer School taking place in London. Now in its seventh annual edition, the festival looks set to be around for a few years to come. Bookmark it for next year!