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“A Wartime Correspondence”: ABC Radio Broadcasts Special on Durrell-Miller Friendship

Henry Miller & Lawrence Durrell, Corfu (1939)

Radio Australia/ABC has announced the upcoming broadcast of a special program highlighting the friendship of Lawrence Durrell and Henry Miller:

From 1935 – 1980 Lawrence Durrell and Henry Miller sustained one of the most lively and remarkable literary correspondences in modern history. This program dips into these letters. They’re raunchy, sexist, insightful and competitive. They also reflect how different these two writers were in their reaction to WWII. One ran away, while the other stayed and found a new depth in his experience of life.

Henry Miller is best known for his notorious, and for a long time banned, Tropic of Cancer. Lawrence Durrell, on the other hand, is remembered for his intriguing Alexandria Quartet which made a splash in literary and bohemian circles in the 1960s and ‘70s. The first and most famous of these four novels Justine was depicted in 1986 by Brett Whitley, who painted his wife, Wendy, sprawled on Bondi Beach in a blue bikini reading the book Justine through dark sunglasses.

A Wartime Correspondence–Lawrence Durrell & Henry Miller is written and narrated by David Green, who spoke with two Durrell specialists Ian MacNiven and Michael Haag, as well as Durrell’s step daughter – Joanna Hodgkin.

Durrell 2012 congratulates David Green on the upcoming broadcast of A Wartime Correspondence, and we look forward to hearing these interviews with our friends Ian MacNiven, Michael Haag, and Joanna Hodgkin.  Well done, David!

A Wartime Correspondence is scheduled to be broadcast on Sunday, 14 April 2013 at 1:05PM. (AEST = 10 hours ahead of UTC.)

Full broadcast and production details can be found at Radio Australia/ABC.

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“That Adventive Moment”: Durrell Centenary Opens with Special Exhibition & Reception.

“Elephants Are So Very Shy” (1974)
Oscar Epfs (Lawrence Durrell)
© Estate of Lawrence Durrell
photograph © AMS

The “adventive moment” is here!

Come join us as we celebrate the opening of Durrell 2012: The Lawrence Durrell Centenary.

If I have spoken of time it is because the writer I was becoming was learning at last to inhabit those deserted spaces which time misses — beginning to live between the ticks of the clock, so to speak. The continuous present, which is the real history of that collective anecdote, the human mind; when the past is dead and the future represented only by desire and fear, what of that adventive moment which can’t be measured, can’t be dismissed?

— Lawrence Durrell, Clea: A Novel (1960).

The Opening Exhibition and Reception for Durrell 2012: The Lawrence Durrell Centenary will be held at 6.30 PM on the evening of Wednesday, 13 June, at The Gallery at Foyles Books, 113-119 Charing Cross Road.

The Opening Exhibition will feature previously unseen photographs, letters, and manuscripts, along with a number of paintings by Oscar Epfs (Lawrence Durrell) and Nancy Durrell.

All of these items currently reside in private collections, so this exhibition presents a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to view them.

The latest published titles related to the Lawrence Durrell Centenary will be available for purchase — including Faber’s Durrell Centenary reissues of The Alexandria Quartet and The Black Book.  Wine will be served.

The Opening Exhibition and Reception for Durrell 2012: The Lawrence Durrell Centenary is open to the public.  All are welcome.

See you at Foyles!

Durrell 2012: The Lawrence Durrell Centenary
Special Exhibition & Opening Reception
6.30 PM
Wednesday :: 13 June 2012
The Gallery
Foyles Books
113-119 Charing Cross Road
London, WC2H 0EB

Map & Directions for finding Foyles Books, 113-119 Charing Cross Road.

The Gallery @ Foyles Books, 113-119 Charing Cross Road.

History of Foyles Books.

See the program for Durrell 2012: The Lawrence Durrell Centenary.

Register for Durrell 2012: The Lawrence Durrell Centenary.

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