On Wednesday 5th April at 5 p.m. the Keats-Shelley House will host, 'Shelley 200,' a new poetic monologue written and performed by Jan Noble celebrating the life and work of Percy Bysshe Shelley.
Giving voice to the bronze bust erected to the English Romantic poet whose body washed up on the shoreline of Viareggio, this work seeks to reconcile the poet with those he left behind and justify his place in the modern age. Visited first by Mary Shelley and then by his first wife Harriet the author challenges the silent statue to account for his actions provoking a poetic odyssey that tells of Shelley's ten days twisting in the waves, "his stormy going out, his short blown course and slow return to shore."
The price to attend this reading is €6 and booking is mandatory due to the limited number of seats available. Please write an email to email@example.com to place your booking inquiry.
Jan Noble, poet and screenwriter, lives and works actively between Italy and England. He has taught creative writing in prisons, several psychiatric hospitals and performed at various festivals (at the ICA in London, The Nuyorican Poets Cafe in New York, Teatro Filodrammatici in Milan and Teatrino Di Palazzo Grassi in Venice). Always passionate about music and sounds, he has worked alongside composer Donna McKevitt and recorded with legendary producer Craig Leon at the famous Abbey Road studio. His major works include: 'My name is Swan'(2017), which was adapted into a film, 'Body 115' (2022), and 'Speaking Dante' (2022), in which he performed together with stars like Ralph Fiennes and Helen Mirren, among others. His latest poetic work 'Poetry for Shelley's Bicentenary' marks the 200th anniversary of the death of English Romantic poet Percy Bysshe Shelley.