“On this special episode of The Book Show Eimear McBride (A Girl is a Half Formed Thing, The Lesser Bohemians) visits The Samuel Beckett Collection in University of Reading. There she gains a rare glimpse at the original manuscripts of Beckett’s first publish novel Murphy and his last published prose work Stirrings Still.
With contributions by Head of Archive Services Guy Baxter, Director of the Beckett International Foundation Dr Mark Nixon, Chair of the Samuel Beckett Research Centre Stephen Matthews, Beckett’s biographer and friend James Knowlson, actors Lisa Dawn and Olwen Fouéré.”
On Wednesday 21 March, the Beckett community at the University of Reading welcomes acclaimed actor Lisa Dwan to discuss the process of adapting Beckett’s prose for the theatre. In her 2016 performance of No’s Knife at London’s Old Vic theatre, Dwan confronted both the challenges and the possibilities of adapting Beckett’s prose for performance by a female actor in her staging of excerpts from Texts for Nothing. This discussion of Beckett and adaptation with Lisa Dwan will be followed by a Q&A session.
Royal Academy of the Arts: “To coincide with our landmark exhibition, Jasper Johns: ‘Something Resembling Truth’, Lisa Dwan reads from Foirades/Fizzles, a stunning publication that juxtaposed Jasper Johns’ vibrant, energetic etchings with a series of Samuel Beckett’s short prose pieces, both in their original French and translated into English. They have been the subject of notable scholarly works and the collection is now considered to be one of the greatest artist’s books of the 20th century, having been exhibited internationally and lauded for its significant impact across the visual arts, literature, music and theatre.”