This past fall, the Ransom Center hosted an exciting array of public programs. Two noteworthy events featured representatives from prominent Irish and English theatre companies. In September, the actor Barry McGovern of the Gate Theater of Dublin entertained the crowd with wise and witty readings from the writings of Samuel Beckett, some of which came from the Center's extensive Beckett manuscript collection.
In October, Lolita Chakrabarti, an actress with the touring group ACTER, an ensemble from the Royal Shakespeare Company and Royal National Theatre, offered up a provocative reading of poems from Carol Ann Duffy's latest book, The World's Wife. The book features a series of poems in the voices of the wives of famous men, including Mrs. Quasimodo, Mrs. Aesop, and Mrs. Freud, all of whom have a few thoughts to add about their husbands.
Poetry on the Plaza
As usual, our Poetry on the Plaza events also attracted the crowds, with some fabulous noontime readings for Halloween, Veterans Day, and the winter season.
Harry Middleton and Frank Denius read poems in honor of Veterans Day at the Ransom Center, November 2000. Professor Mia Carter read for A Mind of Winter the last Poetry on the Plaza series of 2000.
Please mark your calendars for the following
February 7: African
in honor of black history month.
March 21: Poetry at the Movies
in honor of the Academy Awards.
And an April feast of programs to celebrate National Poetry Month
April 4: Poetry and Sport
April 11: The Art of Seduction
April 18: Poems of the Beat Generation
May 2: Mexico on my Mind
in honor of Cinco de Mayo