Sir Thomas Browne Day 2018
Thomas Browne Day 2018 went off very well. It was a beautiful autumnal day and we spent a nice time on Hay Hill talking to people who, for the most part, didn't know much about Browne. There was a good turn-out for Barbara Miller's talk and tour in St Peter Mancroft Church and Kevin Faulkner recited several pieces on Hay Hill underneath the statue of the man himself, in 17th century costume.
In the evening, a well-attended talk about the literary style of Thomas Browne by George Szirtes was extremely well received. There is a transcript of George's talk here and we will shortly be loading up a filmed version for those that weren't able to come in person. The talk was followed by a discussion between George, Lucy Ward (write2screen) and Anna Wyatt (UEA).
Thomas Browne Day Talk 2018
Poet George Szirtes gave the 2018 Sir Thomas Browne Day Talk at Dragon Hall on Friday 19 October 2018. The talk was followed by a discussion between George, Anna Wyatt (UEA) and Lucy Ward (write2screen). Below is a transcript of George's talk with a filmed version to follow
Download a transcript of George Szirtes' talk below
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George was asked to write piece about writing and the prose style of Thomas Browne, who is often described as one of the greatest prose writers in the English language - even though his style is nowadays hard to read. However, in the 18th century, Samuel Johnson, who shared Browne's love of the Latinate, wrote a brief Life in which he praised Browne as a faithful Christian and assessed his prose thus:"His style is, indeed, a tissue of many languages; a mixture of heterogeneous words, brought together from distant regions, with terms originally appropriated to one art, and drawn by violence into the service of another. He must, however, be confessed to have augmented our philosophical diction; and, in defence of his uncommon words and expressions, we must consider, that he had uncommon sentiments, and was not content to express, in many words, that idea for which any language could supply a single term