It's been all go here and the dove-eyed among you may already have spotted that the pre- Port Eliot planning is now almost done >>>> and you won't be surprised to hear that it has been occupying my mind with more than a little excitement since I went over for tea with Cathy St Germans a couple of months ago to discuss the dovegreyreader tent.
A tent of my own at this summer's Port Eliot Festival, July 22nd to July 24th, up in the walled garden, sofas, quilts, tea, cakes, knitting, books a little oasis of calm (hopefully) and a place to park your wellies and sit and chat informally with some of the many authors who will be visiting this year's festival.
I have had quite a few writerly acceptances for a visit to the tent including Gillian Slovo, Helen Walsh (who I will also be interviewing on the main stage about her forthcoming novel Go to Sleep ), Edmund deWaal of the hare, Patrick Barkham of the butterflies, Katie Hickman of Daughters of Brittania and The Aviary Gate, Justine Picardie of the Coco, Daisy Goodwin of the Orange Prize judges and My Last Duchess, and quite a few more...and then if we have a gap we'll just go out and net a few more and drag them in.
So you can probably guess that this is going to direct my reading over the next few weeks as I work my way around the books, and I shall be writing about them here in the hope that some of you may want to contribute in comments if you have read them ... because I would really love to be able to ask some of your questions too. So keep an eye out for a list of Port Eliot Reading over here >>>>
One thing I am also very much looking forward to is the Paradiso Outdoor Cinema..
Nightly double-bills chosen specifically for Port Eliot by one of the acknowledged greats of filmmaking. Martin Scorsese’s selections will be screened from twilight on each evening of the festival in the festival’s Paradiso Cinema, set in gardens created by landscape gardener Humphrey Repton, with a backdrop of a secret estuary of the river Lynher and a railway viaduct designed by Isambard Kingdom Brunel.
And one of the films that Martin Scorsese has chosen, and probably because he knew I wanted to see it, after that Reading Italy post last week, is The Leopard starring Burt Lancaster, Alain Delon and Claudia Cardinale.
You might also like to be thinking about the dovegreyreader flower show entry(ies) because we had so much fun creating our 'Great Expectations' installation last year, you commented, we implemented hence 'that' sunflower as suggested by KevinFromCanadaand we nabbed ourselves two rosettes.
So I have already entered us in Class 4 as follows...
Class 4 - Oh What a Beautiful Morning!
e.g. Oklahoma, South Pacific, Carousel, THE SOUND OF MUSIC,
An arrangement to depict any Rogers and Hammerstein musical.
Perhaps you can you spot my preference there?
I have been just dying to get the Pelham puppets out of the loft and we could throw in a few nuns and frocks made out of curtains, and get an Alpine poster from the travel agents for a backdrop and dangle some lederhosen and a guitar around, and things, so thinking caps on for that one everyone. Oh, better not forget the flowers I suppose, shortage of edelweiss here but that needn't be an obstacle, we can substitute.
We are also entered in Class 7 - Greensleeves - An arrangement of foliage
of which we have no shortage.