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2 of The Best Podcast Episodes for Hope Mirrlees. A collection of podcasts episodes with or about Hope Mirrlees, often where they are interviewed.

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2 of The Best Podcast Episodes for Hope Mirrlees. A collection of podcasts episodes with or about Hope Mirrlees, often where they are interviewed.

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Spike Lee; Hope Mirrlees' Paris - A Poem; and are we being more creative in lockdown?

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Spike Lee’s new film Da 5 Bloods follows four African-American Vietnam veterans who served together in battle, who return to the country and reunite to locate their fallen squad leader. The writer and director discusses the Netflix film and how resonant many of its issues are particularly now, in the week of its release.

Dr Daisy Fancourt is leading the UK’s biggest study looking at the impact the coronavirus crisis has had on our mental health. In recent weeks the team has been looking at the effect of participating in arts and crafts on our wellbeing during this turbulent time. She explains the findings.

Hope Mirrlees' Paris – A Poem is a modernist masterpiece that is little known today. It was published in 1920, two years before TS Eliot’s The Waste Land - which might well have been influenced by it. A century later Paris - A Poem has been published again. Neil Gaiman, a big fan, and Sandeep Parma, who is working on a biography of Mirrlees, reveal the importance of this lost poem, illustrated by extracts read by Charlotte Rampling and Lambert Wilson.

Presenter: Samira Ahmed
Producer: Dymphna Flynn
Studio Manager: John Boland
Jun 09 2020 · 28mins
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#23 Lud-in-the-Mist by Hope Mirrlees

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Lud-in-the-Mist by Hope MIrrlees was originally published in 1926.   Lud-in-the-Mist is the name of the capital city of the fictional free state of Dorimare, a country which shares a border with Fairyland, just across The Debatable Hills.   Centuries ago, under the rule of Duke Aubrey, Fairy things had been part of life and culture in Dorimare.  After a violent revolution, a new merchant class took over the country.  Duke Aubrey was expelled and all mention of Fairies and Fairy lore became taboo.  The smuggling of hallucination-inducing fairy fruit into Dorimare continues, however, behind closed doors. When Nathaniel Chanticleer, the Mayor of Lud-in-the-Mist finds that his son has ingested some of this heinous fruit, the old ways, the traditions and romance of the Fairies can no longer be ignored.

Over the course of the episode, we discuss the methods Mirrlees’ novel has in common with Modernist practice, the various allegorical interpretations that offer themselves throughout the text, and the emergent class politics suggested by her depiction of the fairy folk.

Bibliography:

Attebury, Brian, ‘“Make it Old”: The Other Mythic Method’ in The Mirror of the Past, ed. Bogdan Trocha, Aleksander Rzyman, Tomasz Ratajczak (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2014)

Mirrlees, Hope, Collected Poems, ed. Sandeep Parmar, (Fyfield Books, 2011) 

Sep 23 2019 · 1hr 9mins