- Juliet Stevenson Presents Stevie Smith
Sunday, 11th July 2021
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
7pm – 8pm, Zoom, £5 (note revised finish time)
Filmed at the candlelit Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, watch Olivier award-winning actress Juliet Stevenson read one of the most original poets of the 20th century, Stevie Smith. Released to mark the 50th anniversary of Smith’s death, Juliet Stevenson brings the British poet to life in a new film that draws on her letters and prose, and includes Smith’s own illustrations. ‘Death, loneliness, God, and the Devil’ – is how Stevie Smith described the ‘main business’ of her life and poetry, and she faced them with the same unsparing, often hilarious honesty. Admired by Seamus Heaney, mistaken for Virginia Woolf and asked out for lunch by Sylvia Plath, her often-underestimated poems were as strange and timeless in the 1930s as they are today.
Followed by a live Q and A, hosted by James Lever
Venue: Online event