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LitFest - An Evening with John Betjeman

17th June 2014


Davenham Theatre
59 Church Street


Tuesday 17 June
An Evening with John Betjeman
Davenham Theatre - 7.30pm - £5.00

Sir John Betjeman CBE (28 August 1906 – 19 May 1984) was an English poet, writer and broadcaster who described himself in Who's Who as a "poet and hack". He was Poet Laureate of the United Kingdom from 1972 until his death.

He was a founding member of the Victorian Society and a passionate defender of Victorian architecture. Starting his career as a journalist, he ended it as one of the most popular British Poets Laureate and a much-loved figure on British television. In 1958 his collected works were published and sold over 2 million copies.

It is 1933, six friends meet up for a dinner party and bring their own set and musicians with them! They are all ardent fans of JB. Each has their favourite poem, reflecting the desires and mores of between war years society. ‘How to Get on in Society’, ‘The Cockney Amorist’, ‘A Subaltern’s Love Song' (his ode to Miss Joan Hunter- Dunne) and the risqué ‘ Indoor Games at Newbury’.

Mike & Maureen Melville host the evening with musicians John & Ailsa Booth.


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