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Book Talk: A Darker Way by Grahame Davies

Grahame Davies returns to ROSL to celebrate the publication of A Darker Way. This collection of poems and songs traces a hard-won but redemptive path between idealism and irony, failure and faith.

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Start Date: Thu. 09 May - 18:30
End Date: Thu. 09 May - 19:30
Royal Over Seas League, London

About This Event

Davies is a poet in the bardic tradition who speaks to and for the community, exploring what it is to be human. Davies is renowned, not only as a poet, but as a lyricist for some of the world’s best-known composers and soloists. His work has been broadcast to millions internationally, including during King Charles’s Coronation in the soprano solo ‘Sacred Fire’. English composer and impresario, Andrew Lloyd Webber, described the work as ‘mesmerising’ and journalist and film-maker Robert Hardman called it ‘exquisite’.

Dealing with love and loss with both realism and compassion, Davies’s lyrics explore belief and unbelief, meaning and mystery, speaking for a contemporary sensibility wearied by supposed certainties yet longing for a sense of significance.

A Darker Way also includes work arising from Davies’s Welsh roots. For example, ‘Wrth Ddŵr a Thân’ (‘By Water and Fire’) was commissioned by the Senedd for its 2016 opening and references the Pierhead Building’s mural ‘Wrth Ddŵr a Thân’, commemorating the country’s coal, steel and maritime industries.

The moving sequence ‘Aberfan’ memorialises the deaths of 144 people including 116 children, in the Aberfan Disaster of October 21, 1966. Davies, who played a role in the 20th and 50th anniversary events, revisits the tragedy, responding to historic pictures of the town taken in the days after the disaster by Life magazine photographer I.C. ‘Chuck’ Rapoport.

Being a poet seems to demand taking that ‘darker way’ close to the precariousness of life, but Davies’ quiet, unassuming style is powerful, moving, and redemptive.

This talk will take place in the Rutland Room.

Map & Directions

By Tube

ROSL’s closest tube station is Green Park. Take exit marked Piccadilly, walk past the Ritz Hotel, and turn right onto Arlington Street. At the end of Arlington Street there are some steps, go down these steps and turn right where you will find the entrance courtyard to Over-Seas House.

By Bus

The following buses stop outside Green Park tube station on Piccadilly: numbers C2, 9, 14, 19, 22 and 38, running west to Hyde Park Corner, Victoria and Knightsbridge, and east to Piccadilly Circus and Holborn.

By Car

Travelling west on the A4 (Piccadilly), turn left onto St James’s Street and second right into Park Place cul-de-sac, Over-Seas House is at the end. If there is no space in the Over-Seas car park, alternative parking may be found in the NCP Car Park on Arlington Street off Piccadilly.

Dress Code

Members and their guests are requested to dress in a manner consistent with the character and standing of ROSL.

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