Sunday, September 23, 2012

"Weaving Words In Frodsham..."

Frodsham isn't JUST noted as home of
writer Tim Firth....and once home of singer Gary Barlow.... and also as the wonderful start to Cheshire's Sandstone Trail.......
NO, Frodsham will soon be noted also for its excellent LitFest, the first of which ran for 12 days end of August and into September.
Tim Firth is its Patron and its programme was packed with events. And a  friend and I chose two, which we enjoyed hugely.

OUR FIRST was a workshop with Andy Jurgis.
He lectures for L'pool Uni Continuing Education and is a Learning Manager for W.E.A.
AND led by Andy's perceptive knowledge, we discussed how Jane Austen's  "Pride and Prejudice" was adapted into film/ TV. THIS provoked much well-informed debate.
We also viewed excerpts of the 1995 BBC series and the Keira Knightley film of 2005.
On a light note: several Ladies Of A Certain Age much prefered the TV series. And some younger saucy-grinning ones did too!
 One reason is probably obvious...

OUR SECOND event was at Old Hall Hotel on Frodsham's main street.
Sue Zlosnik talked about the life and work of Daphne Du Maurier. This was particularly relevant as Du Maurier's novel " The Scapegoat" was televised last week.
Sue is Professor of Gothic Literature at M/Chester Met and her book "Daphne Du Maurier: Writing, Identity and the Gothic Imagination" is recognised as key work on Du Maurier.
Sue's talk brimmed with fascinating detail about a writer many of us first met as teenagers ...I remember a wet summer spent reading " Rebecca" " My cousin Rachel" " Jamaica Inn" etc....and I still enjoy them today...

OTHER events included: Carol Ann Duffy, Jon Mayhew, GladysMary Coles, Jenn Ashworth....
WEAVER WORDS must be congratulated on this inaugural and imaginative Festival! Posted by Picasa


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