John Calder Festival Programme Announced
18 March 2014 ← return to listing
Gain a rare insight into the life and lore of one of the 20th
century's most distinguished English-language publishers, John
Calder, when his achievements are celebrated at the Traverse
Theatre this April.
John Calder, still writing at the age of 87 now divides his time
between Edinburgh and Paris. A champion of radical and hugely
influential writers such as Beckett, Miller, Burroughs, Marguerite
Duras and Alexander Trocchi among many others, John was also a
founding member of the Traverse Theatre in 1963.
The two-day festival (18-19 April) is a powerful and
not-to-be-missed celebration for lovers of Samuel Beckett, admirers
of John Calder or fans of Barry McGovern and Hebrides Ensemble.
On Friday 18th April, at the opening night concert, Scotland's
premier chamber music ensemble, Hebrides Ensemble, perform Arnold
Schöenberg's Pierrot Lunaire with brilliant young mezzo
soprano Anna Huntley. For many years in the 1960s and 1970s John
Calder presented Ledlanet Nights, regular festivals of opera,
classical and folk music, theatre and literature. One of the
outstanding performances marked the Scottish premiere of Pierrot
Lunaire in 1964, performed by Pamela Smith with members of the
Scottish Baroque Ensemble. This performance celebrates the many
unforgettable festivals at Ledlanet and will be introduced by
reminiscences from Patricia Hay and John Lawson Graham, two of
Scotland's most distinguished singers.
On Saturday, 19th April, the festival presents a
once-in-a-lifetime chance to witness John Calder in conversation with Alan
Taylor (Founder of the Scottish Review of Books and Deputy
Editor of The Herald). This will encompass a wide ranging
discussion on Calder's life and work, writers, publishing, music,
progressive art, freedom of speech and the avant garde.
The third event in the line-up, A Life in Books, showcases John Calder and
Derek Watson reading a selection of prose and poetry from the
authors Calder published during his renowned career.
Rounding off the festival, Ireland's greatest Beckett
interpreter, Barry McGovern, fresh from his acclaimed performances
of I'll Go On at the 2013 Edinburgh International
Festival returns to Edinburgh for this special night to perform an
homage to Beckett, Calder's greatest writer and great friend, in
Barry McGovern Reads Beckett.
To end the celebration join John and friends at a glamorous
fun-filled party in the Traverse Theatre Bar on Saturday night.
For full details on the four events browse our website now to
learn more. Tickets go on sale at 12pm on Friday, 21 March from the
Traverse Box Office.