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Sylvia Plath Memorial Evening

In 1 November 2014, I posted on "Collecting Sylvia Plath" . This post was originally part of that, but I decided to break it out for a special occasion. That occasion is today, just after the 52nd anniversary of Sylvia Plath's death. The following document was acquired from The Poetry Bookshop in Hay-on-Wye, and was something also formerly belonging to long-time BBC producer Fred Hunter ( obit ; another obit ). Truly this is a piece of ephemera: a single-sided leaflet produced by the Institute of Contemporary Arts, London, for a "Sylvia Plath Memorial Evening" which was (to be) held on 29 April. The full text reads: INSTITUTE OF CONTEMPORARY ARTS 17 Dover Street W 1 Sylvia Plath Memorial Evening The ICA are arranging a memorial evening for Sylvia Plath on thursday, april 29th at 8.15 pm The speakers will be Ian Hamilton and M L Rosenthal and Al Alvarez will be in the Chair. The evening will be illustrated with recordings of Sylvia Plat

Sylvia Plath in Devon: A Year's Turning: The Story of a Book

Author Talk Gail Crowther and Anthony Cockayne will be speaking on Sylvia Plath in Devon: A Year's Turning in locations around England commencing on 18 February 2015 at the Hornsey Library. Here's the information: The Story of a Book: Sylvia Plath in Devon: A Year's Turning A talk by the author Gail Crowther and artist Anthony Cockayne Hornsey Library Haringey Park, London N8 9JA Wednesday, 18 February, 7-8:30 pm Additional talks are in the works for Cambridge, Cumbria, Manchester, and Plymouth. The Back Cover In 2014, British artist Anthony Cockayne completed the oil painting "The Moon and the Yew Tree" that appears on the back cover of Sylvia Plath in Devon: A Year's Turning following a suggestion in 2013 by author Gail Crowther, proposing the idea. Cockayne had made a visit to the churchyard of St.Peters in North Tawton in 2012 and so had experience of the poem's setting and fascinatingly had read "The Moon and the Yew

Sylvia Plath and the BBC Genome

The BBC has recently launched something called BBC Genome (currently in BETA). The site "contains the BBC listings information which the BBC printed in Radio Times between 1923 and 2009. You can search the site for BBC programmes, people, dates and Radio Times editions." As you might have guessed, I searched for … Sylvia Plath . I also searched Ted Hughes and Frieda Hughes . The website offers two major ways to access listing information. One is a blanket, standard search (with advanced searching available, too). Another is to browse the separate issues of Radio Times (and by doing so, you can see a select few of the actual covers -- greedily I would love to see them all). I like both methods, but have to admit it is easier to search the Radio Times listings if I know the exact date for the broadcast in which I am interested. For example, Sylvia Plath's "Three Women" was broadcast on 19 August 1962 , and thus appeared in the 16 August 1962 issue of