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19th September, 2014

Guildhall School ResearchWorks event

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19th September, 2014
Lecture Recital Room, Silk Street, Barbican, London EC2Y 8DT
This event is free to attend but booking is required

Hearing is Believing: William Barnes’s Poems of Rural Life in the Dorset Dialect

The dialect poems of William Barnes (1801-1886) have been marginalized because of the rural dialect in which they are written; but when heard in their original pronunciation, they come alive in a remarkable way. Tom Burton (Emeritus Professor of English at the University of Adelaide) explores their potential for dramatic and musical performance, with pianist Ceri Owen, a scholar of Ralph Vaughan Williams, who himself set a number of Barnes’s poems to music.


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