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Delightful story on stage at Artrix

Posted on August 05 2013 at 3:34:19

WORDS, the Bromsgrove group which promotes interest in the written and spoken word,  presents a special performance of 84 Charing Cross Road at Artrix.

The event takes place at 8pm on Friday August 30, with the delightful story brought to life by Linda Hart and Gabriel Woolf.

84 Charing Cross Road, already a successful book and film, is the story of a 20-year correspondence between Helen Hanff, an impecunious writer in New York, and Frank Doel, a second hand bookseller in London.

Linda Hart was born in New York City a few years before Helene Hanff wrote her first letter from a New York City flat to Marks & Co in London, inquiring about the purchase of antiquarian books.

Linda left NYC in 1969 to continue her post-graduate studies at Oxford University. Although she has been over here for 38 years, she still retains much of her New York accent despite efforts to lose it.

She works as a freelance writer, editor, lecturer and more recently performer. She and Gabriel Woolf performed The English Years of Robert Frost for WORDS in 2010.

Gabriel Woolf is one of the country’s most distinguished readers and actors. He has presented literary programmes across the English-speaking world, including major tours of the USA, and has performed in Britain for every major arts festival.

His performances include portraits of Dickens, Tennyson, Kipling, Keats, George Eliot, Rupert Brooke, W.H. Auden, John Betjeman and Henry James.  He was president of the International Dickens Fellowship, and is now President of the Arthur Ransome Society.

He has never worked in an antiquarian bookshop, but if he did he would spend all his time reading books rather than selling them.

Tickets cost £12 from Artrix - call the box office on 01527 577330 or visit http://www.artrix.co.uk” http://www.artrix.co.uk

WORDS Subscribers can buy tickets at a reduced cost of £9, by calling 0121 445 3485.

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