DWELLER IN SHADOWS: THE LIFE, WORDS AND MUSIC OF IVOR GURNEY
Sponsored by Stroud Arts Festival
Please note our very happy update that Dame Sarah Connolly will be joining Dr Kate Kennedy on stage for our Festival Finale to complete the line-up of this part-event part-musical odyssey.
Born and raised in Gloucester, Ivor Gurney (1890–1937) wrote some of the most anthologized poems of the First World War and composed some of the greatest works in the English song repertoire, such as “Sleep”. Yet his life was shadowed by the trauma of the war and mental illness, and he spent his last fifteen years confined to a mental asylum.
Biographer and broadcaster Kate Kennedy is the author of Dweller in Shadows, the first-ever comprehensive biography of this extraordinary and misunderstood artist.
We’re delighted to welcome Kate to Stroud Book Festival to discuss her compelling and definitive biography, which sets Ivor Gurney’s life and work against the backdrop of the war and his institutionalisation, probing the links between madness, suffering and creativity.
Kate’s talk will feature musical interludes of Ivor Gurney’s songs, sung by Dominic Bevan, and accompanied by Simon Over at the piano.
Don’t miss this chance to remember a Gloucestershire great, who when facing death in the trenches, hoped that history might not “forget me quite”.
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