3rd Oct 2012
The New Festival of Words and Music
Notes and Letters is a new literary festival with a twist – there’s a strand of music running through it. Curators Geraldine D’Amico and Amanda Hopkinson have created a very hot and totally enticing line-up.
This year’s theme is secrets revealed. At the festival you can uncover the mysteries of translators and conductors and the secret history of the Tango with dancer turned author, Kapka Kassabova whose latest book, Twelve Minutes of Love examines the dance considered the ‘vertical expression of horizontal desire’.
Hannah Rothschild will reveal the story of her great aunt Pannonica who heard a track from American Jazz legend, Thelonius Monk and left her comfortable family life (and substantial trust fund) in England and found herself at the heart of the 1950’s New York Jazz world. Here’s the track, ‘‘Round Midnight‘ that changed things for her.
There’s also an event about the gems you can find when you scratch around your own attic, or in Matthew Reisz’s case, the British Library. He discovered a stash of his grandmother’s 80-year old correspondance with Havelock Ellis, the world’s leading sexologist of the time.
It all takes place this weekend (October 5th-7th) at Kings Place in London
Which music-themed books (or book-related pieces of music) would you like to see at the next festival?