“That Adventive Moment”: Durrell Centenary Opens with Special Exhibition & Reception.

“Elephants Are So Very Shy” (1974)
Oscar Epfs (Lawrence Durrell)
© Estate of Lawrence Durrell
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The “adventive moment” is here!

Come join us as we celebrate the opening of Durrell 2012: The Lawrence Durrell Centenary.

If I have spoken of time it is because the writer I was becoming was learning at last to inhabit those deserted spaces which time misses — beginning to live between the ticks of the clock, so to speak. The continuous present, which is the real history of that collective anecdote, the human mind; when the past is dead and the future represented only by desire and fear, what of that adventive moment which can’t be measured, can’t be dismissed?

— Lawrence Durrell, Clea: A Novel (1960).

The Opening Exhibition and Reception for Durrell 2012: The Lawrence Durrell Centenary will be held at 6.30 PM on the evening of Wednesday, 13 June, at The Gallery at Foyles Books, 113-119 Charing Cross Road.

The Opening Exhibition will feature previously unseen photographs, letters, and manuscripts, along with a number of paintings by Oscar Epfs (Lawrence Durrell) and Nancy Durrell.

All of these items currently reside in private collections, so this exhibition presents a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to view them.

The latest published titles related to the Lawrence Durrell Centenary will be available for purchase — including Faber’s Durrell Centenary reissues of The Alexandria Quartet and The Black Book.  Wine will be served.

The Opening Exhibition and Reception for Durrell 2012: The Lawrence Durrell Centenary is open to the public.  All are welcome.

See you at Foyles!

Durrell 2012: The Lawrence Durrell Centenary
Special Exhibition & Opening Reception
6.30 PM
Wednesday :: 13 June 2012
The Gallery
Foyles Books
113-119 Charing Cross Road
London, WC2H 0EB

Map & Directions for finding Foyles Books, 113-119 Charing Cross Road.

The Gallery @ Foyles Books, 113-119 Charing Cross Road.

History of Foyles Books.

See the program for Durrell 2012: The Lawrence Durrell Centenary.

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“On the Suchness of the Old Boy”: Program Published for Durrell Centenary Events.

The expanded program for Durrell 2012: The Lawrence Durrell Centenary has now been published.

Such was the sagacious Suchness of the Sage
That all of a sudden in his old age
He was uplifted bodily by
A wonderful Umptiousness.
He became Umptious in the highest degree.

— “On The Suchness of the Old Boy” (1973 / 1972).

Durrell 2012: The Lawrence Durrell Centenary will present attendees with an Umptious bounty of offerings, including:

  • 13 panel sessions — featuring 40 presenters from 19 different countries.
  • 4 plenary sessions and 8 keynote speakers — including talks and remarks by Ian S. MacNiven, Michael Haag, Christopher Butler, Leo Mellor, Lee Durrell, Joanna Hodgkin, Mark Morris, Corinne Alexandre-Garner, Anthony Hirst, Eleni Verhagen, and Simon Ings.
  • An Opening Exhibition of paintings, photographs, and letters — held at the Foyles Gallery, 113-119 Charing Cross Road.
  • Lawrence Durrell at the British Library — an afternoon and evening of special events, featuring archival talks and panel discussions about Durrell’s life and writings.
  • The Durrell Centenary Banquet — an evening of toasts, stories, poetry, song, and celebration, with a keynote address from Christopher Butler (Christ Church, Oxford), author of Early Modernism: Literature, Music and Painting in Europe 1900-1916.

More announcements will be forthcoming when new items are added to the program — stay connected, and stay tuned.

Register for Durrell 2012: The Lawrence Durrell Centenary.

See you in London!

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