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To Walt with Love

November 17, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Free

The great American bard Walt Whitman (1819-1892) was not only a literary revolutionary and tireless champion of liberty, but also probably the century’s most high profile advocate of ‘the manly love of comrades’. In ‘To Walt with Love’, Manchester-based male voice choir The Sunday Boys join specialists in literature and modern languages from the University of Nottingham to celebrate Whitman’s life and loves, and his abiding influence on LGBT+ cultures, through poetry, music and image.

Established as a gay role-model or icon even before the word ‘gay’ acquired its modern meaning, Whitman has inspired some of the modern era’s most memorable queer writing, by figures as diverse as E.M. Forster, Allen Ginsberg, and two outstanding modernist poets of Iberia, the Spaniard Federico García Lorca and the Portuguese Fernando Pessoa. His verses have also been set to music by dozens of leading composers, many of whom also identified as gay or bisexual men. This event, featuring Whitman settings – both old, and newly composed especially for the Sunday Boys – explores how these artists’ love of Walt enhanced their sometimes troubled relationship with their sexuality, and shaped the identity of an international LGBT+ community.

In partnership with

Nottingham Contemporary, The Sunday Boys Choir

Contact email address

aszmjls@exmail.nottingham.ac.uk

Booking required?

Yes


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Date:
November 17
Time:
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Cost:
Free
Event Category:
Website:
https://to-walt-with-love.eventbrite.co.uk

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Description for print
In advance of bicentenary of Walt Whitman’s birth, this recital-lecture uses music setting and Whitman’s and his admirers’ texts to explore his international influence on LGBTQ culture, as writer and role model. Led by Dr Sabine featuring The Sunday Boys.
Is booking required?
Yes
Contact email address
aszmjls@exmail.nottingham.ac.uk
Event partners
Nottingham Contemporary, The Sunday Boys Choir
Region
East Midlands
City/town
Nottingham
Accessibility information
The Space at Nottingham Contemporary is fully accessible by lift; there is a fully accessible toilet in the same venue
Image copyright information
Image provided by the Sunday Boys publicist

Venue

Nottingham Contemporary
Weekday Cross
Nottingham, Nottinghamshire NG1 2GB United Kingdom
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Accessibility information
The Space at Nottingham Contemporary is fully accessible by lift; there is a fully accessible toilet in the same venue
Website:
http://www.nottinghamcontemporary.org/