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PROMS PLUS TALK (Arts)
Proms Plus Talk
18:15 Mon 27 Aug 2018 Imperial College Union
An examination of W. H. Auden’s 1947 poem The Age of Anxiety (which was set by Leonard Bernstein) with poets Glyn Maxwell and Polly Clark. Hosted by Matthew Sweet.
An examination of W. H. Auden’s 1947 poem The Age of Anxiety (which was set by Leonard Bernstein) with poets Glyn Maxwell and Polly Clark. Hosted by Matthew Sweet.

About This Event

As part of the Proms' marking of Leonard Bernstein's centenary, tonight's concert features a performance of his setting of WH Auden's poem The Age of Anxiety, first published in 1947. Set in a New York bar, the six part poem looks at the impact of an increasingly industrialised world on our lives. Poet, playwright and librettist Glyn Maxwell has retraced Auden's travels in Iceland. He joins Polly Clark, whose recent novel Larchfield explored Auden's early years teaching in Scotland, to discuss Auden's poetry and his influence on other artists.

Edited version broadcast on BBC Radio 3 during tonight's interval.

Booking is not required for this event. Entry is on a first-come-first-served basis. Doors open from 30 minutes before the event begins - latecomers will not be admitted. Capacity is limited: please collect a raffle ticket from the steward at the main entrance on Beit Quad to secure your place.

Image: Glyn Maxwell © Kelly Hill & Polly Clark © Murdo McLeod