Next week, 2TimeTheatre and Arthur L. Wood will be staging T.S. Eliot’s The Waste Land at St Lawrence Church, Winchester, on October 11, 12 and 13.

At the end of each performance there will be a Q&A with panelists drawn from the worlds of academia, poetry and performance.

The guests on the first night will be Dr Julian Stannard, reader in creative writing at Winchester University, with specialisms in 20th century poetry and Anglo-American-European modernism. 

He will be joined by Hampshire poet Dr Joan McGavin who has two poetry collections published and was Hampshire Poet in 2014.

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The performance on Thursday, October 12 will see the director and actor joined by poet Harley Truslove, who writes poetry exploring the body, the self, and identity. 

Recently they’ve worked with ArtfulScribe in their Opera Up Close project. Professor Will May from Southampton University is also taking part, and he is currently researching mentoring practice in postwar and contemporary British poetry, and Rev Dr John Caperon, the editor of Exchanges, the T.S. Eliot Society’s newsletter.

Friday, October 13 is the last performance and will welcome poet Anita Foxall, who hosts and organises a monthly spoken word night and has published two books of poetry, together with Matthew West from ArtfulScribe. Matthew is a poet, writer, educator and facilitator based in Southampton, and he has produced two poetry books, Button Holes and Object to This.

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