Photo of Val with Frieda Hughes with her books which she had inscribed for Val at her recent exhibitions of paintings. Val staged the writing of Frieda's mother, Sylvia Plath, at The National Theatre and so really values meeting and talking with Frieda. The picture underneath is Frieda's painting of Val's birth day in March.
Val was invited to join a local book club, and chose The Return by Hisham Matar as the first book to share reading with the group. She had previously met Hisham at an event at The Royal Society of Literature, where he had inscribed this book to her. It is a book in which Val learnt an enormous amount about the revolution in Libya, and Hisham's journey in search of his father.
In October Val visited Rutland as guest of Schiller International University colleague Vicky Sanderlin-McLoughlin. She took Val to see the amazing burial site and museum which has been newly created for Richard III in Leicester. It was a great and fascinating visit.
In September Val visited Bristol to see LLC study abroad teacher Joanne Howarth perform the chorus in Henry V at The Tobacco Factory. It was the week that the Bristol Old Vic Theatre reopened its newly designed theatre and audience spaces. It was thrilling to see this successful new design, a theatre Val loves because the first public show Val staged was in the studio here.
|The unveiling of a gravestone for William Blake|
|The Live Literature Company's tribute to William Blake|