John Calder Festival Programme Announced

18 March 2014 ← return to listing

John Calder Festival Programme Announced

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.


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