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Posted By: GUEST,SYLVIA WATTS
06-Mar-14 - 06:07 AM
Thread Name: Commemmorating Cicely - 21 June 2014, Devon
Subject: CELEBRATING CICELY 21 JUNE 2014
More details of Celebrating Cicely 21 June 2014 in Bow
The day's happenings will start with the Blessing and Clipping of the additional headstone, which will be set adjacent to the original. The new one will underline her importance as a poet and a traveller and include a line from her work. The original states her name, dates and a line from a Raleigh poem. There is a footpath from the village to the church across fields so bring your wellies – there IS a lane too…..
There will be a guided walk/visit to her home and garden– and we have the agreement of the current residents. Here may be seen an old cob wall - probably the very one on which she based her Devon dialect poem. In the Village Hall there will be a Discussion Forum, an evening session after the main concert for all to join in, bar and other refreshments, reception and merchandise. The early evening concert is in the Church Hall (different church) opposite the Village Hall and features Martyn Windham-Read, Moira Craig, Tom Lewis, Joyce & Danny McLeod, Shake a Leg, Jim Saville, Bill Wilkes, Barrie Mathers, Peter and Barbara Snape – and others from all over the country. All lovers of Cicely's words singing her poems, sometimes to their own tunes. All singers and writers of tunes will be credited
As Sarah Morgan wrote on Mudcat – 'I think it is a tribute to CFS's ability to touch the heart in simple language, that despite numerous minor alterations, the integrity and essence of her poem(s) …stayed the same. From what I have come to know of her, I think she would not be averse to the idea of her poems becoming part of a living English tradition..30/8/02'
Sarah has hit the nail on the head – singers and writers have brought Cicely Fox Smith into the English folk tradition. Please do come along and support that idea.
Tickets, and further information, available
from the website cicelyfoxsmith.org.uk
and from us Melly and Dick Henrywood, Mike Warman, and myself Sylvia Watts.
Look forward to seeing you on what I am sure will be a most enjoyable, interesting and important occasion