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Darwen - Laurie Lee - The Lost Recordings

  • Darwen Libary Theatre, 2 Knott Street Darwen, England, BB3 3BU United Kingdom (map)
David Parker talking to Laurie Lee © Chris Chapman 1994.jpg

A one-hour talk to coincide with the 60th anniversary of the publication of Cider With Rosie.

In the summer of 1994 I recorded a series of interviews with Laurie Lee. In them he talked perceptively with humour and affection about his early life in Gloucestershire and the events, characters and experiences that shaped his writing and his values. Laurie did not ‘do’ interviews so these recordings are a unique record of one of England's great 20th century writers. In the session I will talk about how I managed to persuade him to let me record him, play examples of our conversations, and reflect on what they tell us about his writing style and content.