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Damian Recites Sir Herbert Read’s Poem ‘My Company’ – Nov 8, 2018

The Josephine Hart Poetry Programme

by Gingersnap | damian-lewis.com | November 8, 2018

In 2008, Josephine Hart (who died in 2011), explored the work of great poets with the unforgettable verse from the trenches of the First World War. She was joined live at the British Library by the actors Robert Hardy, Daniel Stevens, Damian Lewis and Elizabeth McGovern who give voice to the suffering, sarcasm, wit, and loss expressed by the poets of the Great War.

We are pleased to hear programmes from the BBC radio archive that traces the impact the First World War had upon poets, both soldiers, and those left behind. Listen to actors read some of the most profoundly moving artistic responses to the terrible impact of war ever written.

Click here to listen. The Josephine Hart segment appears to begin at 16:00, Damian is introduced around 17:55, and Damian begins reading the poem My Company by Sir Herbert Read around 26:00.

For more poetry readings by Damian, visit our Fan Fun page.

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Damian Reads ‘Words’ by WB Yeats – Feb 12, 2018

Rebel With a Cause: WB Yeats Read by the Stars

by BBC Arts and Books Features | February 12, 2018

Watch 10 fantastic Yeats poems performed by stars including Damian Lewis, Colin Farrell, Liam Neeson and Noel Gallagher. Listen to Bob Geldof tonight at 19:15 on to hear him discuss his documentary on W.B. Yeats.

William Butler Yeats’s writing was an integral part of the Irish Literary Revival, which had a huge influence on those who took part in the Easter Rising of 1916. With his film A Fanatic Heart: Bob Geldof on W.B. Yeats. finally coming to DVD, the Irish star discusses the poet with Front Row.

In Easter week of 1916, the course of Irish history was irrevocably changed as a result of an uprising by the Irish people against British occupation. In this programme originally broadcast on BBC Four, Geldof examines the life and work of Yeats, one of the 20th century’s greatest poets. BBC Arts was granted exclusive access to extended readings from the programme, which you can enjoy below, featuring Bill Nighy, Sting, Dominic West, Damian Lewis and Richard E. Grant.

Read the rest of the original article at BBC Arts – Broadcast Programming.

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The Power of Antony: Damian’s “Shakespeare Solos” Performance Featured as a Study in the Use of Emotional Rhetoric in Public Speaking – Nov 21, 2017

The Power of Antony: Damian’s “Shakespeare Solos” Performance Featured as a Study in the Use of Emotional Rhetoric in Public Speaking

by Gingersnap – damian-lewis.com – November 21, 2017

Damian’s performance as Antony in Julius Caesar was a feature in the Metsitaba newsletter.  Metsitaba: Meet, Speak, Move is a weekly tech newsletter based out of Ireland and aimed at improving public speaking skills. The newsletter features handpicked conferences, speaker profiles, resources and historical speeches highlighting the ancient art of rhetoric.  And it seems Metsitaba’s September 13 newsletter section titled ‘Learn From the Best’ featured Damian’s performance as Antony in Julius Caesar, delivering the most iconic speech in all of Shakespeare, as a study in the use of emotional rhetoric (pathos). For more information, read the newsletter here.

For more on Damian as Antony:

A Lesson in Rhetoric: Damian Lewis as Antony
Damian as Antony
Top Damian Lewis Moments 2016: Antony’s Speech for The Guardian

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A Poem for Every Day of the Year – Nov 11, 2017

A Poem for Every Day of the Year

by Tristram Fane Saunders – The Telegraph – November 11, 2017

Our fave actor was present at the November 10 reading of Lewis Carroll’s The Walrus and the Carpenter as part of the unusually glitzy Olivier Theatre audience at the National Theatre launch of well-connected editor Allie Esiri’s new anthology A Poem for Every Day of the Year.

The book is aimed squarely at young readers, but last night’s crowd seemed to contain fewer children than celebrities. Each arrival prompted a chorus of whispers.

Oh look, there’s Damian Lewis! Is that Esiri’s old chum Helena Bonham-Carter? Oh dear, it’s David Cameron.

Afterparty Sam West, Stephen Mangan and Damian Lewis. Source: Twitter @AllieEsiri

And it seems another Helen was the reason Damian made an appearance at the event. Helen McCrory and Howards End star Samuel West kept things sharp and understated to great effect.

Afterparty Damian Lewis, Allie Esiri and Helen McCrory. Source: Twitter @AllieEsiri

An inspiring evening of readings of some of the magical and humorous poems in this journey through history and human experience were read by actors Adjoa Andoh, Joanna Lumley, Stephen Mangan, Helen McCrory, Simon Russell Beale and Samuel West. Here is Refugee Blues:

Read the rest of the original article at The Telegraph

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Damian Lewis Attends Cheltenham Literature Festival – Oct 12, 2014

Damian Lewis and Helen McCrory Attend Cheltenham Literature Festival

by Damianista – Fan Fun with Damian Lewis – Oct 12, 2014

Damian loves and supports poetry and so do we! One poetry project he has actively supported is The Love Book, a brilliant collection of classic and contemporary love poems that vary from Shakespeare to E.E. Cummings to Maya Angelou coming together in a book as well as in an app. And it is our utmost pleasure to take you along to The Love Book event we were extremely lucky to attend at Cheltenham Literature Festival.

The reading took place in Times Forum, a huge 1400-seater. There was a giant screen so everyone could comfortably see the entire performance. The couple would stand on opposite sides of the stage and read.

Source: Damianista

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