Jeremy Irons Reads ‘Minstrel’s Song’

Jeremy Irons was in attendance at Carols by Candlelight, at St. Luke’s Church in London, in support of the Cystic Fibrosis Trust, on Thursday 14 December 2017.

Jeremy read the poem Minstrel’s Song, by Ted Hughes.

Click on the audio player below to listen to Jeremy’s reading:

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Minstrel’s Song by Ted Hughes

(Ted Hughes writes about a minstrel who fell asleep in the stable where Joseph and Mary come to rest.)

I’ve just had an astounding dream as I lay in the straw.
I dreamed a star fell on to the straw beside me
And lay blazing. Then when I looked up
I saw a bull come flying through a sky of fire
And on its shoulders a huge silver woman
Holding the moon. And afterwards there came
A donkey flying through that same burning heaven
And on its shoulders a colossal man
Holding the sun. Suddenly I awoke
And saw a bull and a donkey kneeling in the straw,
And the great moving shadows of a man and a woman—
I say they were a man and a woman but
I dare not say what I think they were. I did not dare to look.
I ran out here into the freezing world
Because I dared not look. Inside that shed.

A star is coming this way along the road.
If I were not standing upright, this would be a dream.
A star the shape of a sword of fire, point-downward,
Is floating along the road. And now it rises.
It is shaking fire on to the roofs and the gardens.
And now it rises above the animal shed
Where I slept ’til the dream woke me. And now
The star is standing over the animal shed.

Complete TS Eliot Read by Jeremy Irons Due for Spring Release

Complete TS Eliot read by Jeremy Irons due for Spring release

[Text via The T.S. Eliot Society of the United Kingdom]

Faber have now confirmed a release date of April 5th, 2018 for the audio recording of Jeremy Irons reading the Complete Poems of TS Eliot.

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These are the readings, as heard on BBC Radio 4 over Christmas 2016/17.

Six programmes gather together the verse: Prufrock and Other Observations; Poems (1920); The Waste Land; The Hollow Men, Ash Wednesday and Ariel Poems; Four Quartets; and Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats.

The release will coincide with the 75th anniversary of Four Quartets being published in the US as a single volume.

Jeremy Irons will be reading all Four Quartets at a special event at the 92Y in New York, which will also see the presentation of the first Four Quartets Prize, presented by the TS Eliot Foundation in partnership with the Poetry Society of America for a unified sequence of poems or verse narrative.

Keep up to date at http://www.tseliotsociety.uk/

Jeremy Irons – Words That Changed the World

Jeremy Irons, Carey Mulligan, Jade Anouka and Simon Russell Beale perform extracts from remarkable speeches.

Barack Obama’s director of speechwriting, Cody Keenan, and Philip Collins, Tony Blair’s former speechwriter and Times columnist, add insight into speech writing and orators.

The Intelligence Squared event took place Thursday 30 November 2017, 6.30pm at the Emmanuel Centre and was a benefit for the Rugby Portobello Trust.

Click on the player below, to listen to the entire event:

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Jeremy Irons Narrates ‘Finn the Fortunate Tiger Shark and His Fantastic Friends’

Jeremy Irons is the narrator of Finn the Fortunate Tiger Shark and His Fantastic Friends, by Georgina Stevens.  The audio book also features music by Joss Stone.

The book is also available in paperback.

Buy the audio book now at Audible or iTunes or Google Play or Amazon.

All of the profits from the book and the audio book will be split between Greenpeace and The Social Plastic Recycling Foundation.

Learn more at Be the Change Books.  Follow @bethechangebook on Twitter.

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