**  DEADLINE FOR CFP PROPOSALS NOW EXTENDED TO 4th JUNE 2018  **

Plans are advanced for the 14th International Robert Graves Society Conference, 10th – 14th July 2018. The theme this year will be:

‘Robert Graves and Europe: Good-bye to All That / But It Still Goes On’

The conference will take place at the former Gran Hotel, Palma de Mallorca, where Graves and Riding stayed on their arrival in Palma in 1929, and at Deià, where they lived until 1936. Graves returned to Mallorca in 1946 with Beryl Pritchard Graves and their family and lived in Deià until his death in 1985.

The hotel is now the Caixa Cultural, a cultural centre in Palma run by a major Catalan and Spanish bank, ‘La Caixa’. This will be the fifth Robert Graves conference to be held there and at Deià since the centenary conference in Mallorca held in 1995. We are most grateful to La Caixa bank and staff at Caixa Cultural for their continued support.

The timings of the conference will be Tuesday, 10th July 2018, at 5.00 pm (approx) – Saturday, 14th July 2018, at 2:00 pm (approx). Please note that he CFP deadline has been extended to 4th June 2018. The CFP and more details of the event are published at http://www.robertgraves.org/society/index.php?id=47 , where there is also a link to the registration page at http://robertgraves.org/society/news.php?id=58&group_id=4 . Accommodation options are being arranged and will be published online soon.

Submit you proposal to give a paper and/or book your place at Robert Graves Mallorca 2018 now by sending your proposal to the conference director, Charles Mundye, at C.Mundye@shu.ac.uk (paper proposals or questions about the CFP or academic programme) or contact Patrick Villa, pjvilla@aol.com  (book your place at the conference, any enquiries about hotels, travel, administrative and financial details) now!

The conference is open to all participants who have registered to attend it and paid the registration fee. It is not necessary to give a paper in order to attend the conference, but all participants who wish to attend it must register in advance and, unless notified otherwise by the organisers, pay a registration fee.

Gamal Khamis and Christopher Kent will be taking part in the BBC Radio 3 programme In Tune with Katie Derham on Monday 21 May between 5:00 pm and 7:00 pm to discuss their First World War play Never Such Innocence. They will also perform extracts from the play during this broadcast, ahead of the English Music Festival performance of the play on Sunday 27 May 2018.

Listen to the Radio 3 programme on the BBC’s website at https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b0b3bz1y, or afterwards on BBC Radio iPlayer. The full programme details are also published on this page.

Never Such Innocence is the acclaimed narrative recital programme of words and music from the First World War which Gamal Khamis and Christopher Kent have been performing round the country over the last few months, with further performances through 2018 as below.

Contact Christopher Kent: 07850 595089 / 020 8991 1855

Video trailer:   www.ckuk.com/never-such-innocence

Facebook: facebook.com/NeverSuchInnocence

NEVER SUCH INNOCENCE TOUR 2018:

Saturday 17th March, 7.30pm. – All Saints Church, Isleworth, TW7 6BE

Sunday 18th March, 7.30pm – Jermyn Street Theatre, London

Sunday 27th May, 2.15pm – English Music Festival, Silk Hall, Radley College, Oxfordshire, OX14 2HR

Tuesday 3rd July, 7.30pm – Festival of Chichester, Oxmarket Centre of Arts, Chichester

Friday 13th July, 7.30pm – JAM on the Marsh Festival, St Dunstans Church, Romney Marsh

Saturday 8th September, 7.30pm – St Chad’s, Shrewsbury (in aid of Medic Malawi)

Wednesday 12th September, 7pm – Freemasons Hall, Covent Garden, London

Thursday 13th September, 7pm – Freemasons Hall, Covent Garden, London

Friday 21st September, 7.30pm – Village Hall, Sutton Veny, Wiltshire BA12 7AP

Sunday 30th September, 4pm – Sandham Memorial Chapel, Burghclere

Saturday 20th October 7.30pm – Canterbury Festival, Sarah Thorne Theatre, Broadstairs

Saturday 3rd November 7.30pm – Bath Recitals, St Michael’s Church, Bath

Monday 5th November 7.30pm – Royal Overseas League, Park Place, St James’s Street, London, SW1A 1LR

Friday 9th November 7.30pm – Jubilee Hall, Aldeburgh, IB15 5BN

Sunday 11th November 7.30pm – St Mary’s, Perivale

Sunday 18th November 7.30pm – Jermyn Street Theatre, London

Saturday 1st December 8pm – OSO Arts Centre, Barnes Green, London, SW13 0LF

PRESS & MEDIA:

“A very special, moving and immensely absorbing production”

“The most amazing evening… one of the most moving and thought-provoking events I have ever attended.”

“Beautifully nuanced show – tender, moving, angry.”

“A spell-binding evening. So compelling to watch and listen to”

“The choice of poetry and music was perfect and the narrative and underlying story very moving…I don’t think there was a dry eye in the house.”

Download the PDF here

Discover the artworks and story of Britain’s original rebel artist in the largest UK retrospective of Wyndham Lewis’ work to date.

Marking the 60th anniversary of his death and the centenary of his commission as an official war artist in 1917, Wyndham Lewis: Life, Art, War will comprise of more than 160 artworks, books, journals and pamphlets from major public and private, national and international collections.

A radical force in twentieth century British art and literature, Lewis was a brilliant draughtsman, innovative writer and satirist, and leader of Britain’s one and only avant-garde art movement, Vorticism. Spanning from the First World War to the nuclear age, Lewis’ career encompassed the most violent and chaotic period in human history. He was a controversial figure whose ideas, opinions and personality inspired, enticed and repelled in equal measure

Where: IWM North – Manchester

When: Now Until 1 January 2018

Full information here

To mark the centenary of the CWGC’s foundation by Royal Charter in 1917, a ground-breaking exhibition is being staged at CWGC Brookwood Military Cemetery near Woking, Surrey.

It was officially opened on Saturday 20 May by English actor and adventurer Brian Blessed OBE and will run for six months.

For Then, For Now, Forever celebrates the first 100 years of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission. Curated by CWGC Archivist Andrew Fetherston, it is being staged in the Grade 1 listed Canadian Records Building at Brookwood Military Cemetery – the largest CWGC site in the UK with more than 5,000 burials and 3,500 commemorations on the Brookwood Memorial.

The exhibition tells the history of the CWGC from its foundation during the First World War through to the present day, using historic objects and artefacts from our archive and collections.

Many of the exhibits have never been publicly displayed before. They include an original First World War grave marker and a petition from the 1920s addressed to our then-President, HRH Edward, Prince of Wales. The petition contains more than 8,000 signatures – predominantly from mothers who had lost sons in the war – asking the Commission to reconsider the use of a uniform headstone in favour of a cross.

These and other objects tell the sometimes difficult story of how the vision of one man — Fabian Ware — came to forever change the way we remember the war dead.

There are also daily tours at 11am and 5pm, from volunteers, telling individual and collective stories of the cemetery and of those commemorated there.

For more details please visit www.cwgc.org or email community@cwgc.org

 

Jennie Sweeney
Head of Community Engagement

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