Jeremy Irons Attends Four Quartets Prize Ceremony

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On Friday, April 13, 2018, the Poetry Society of America hosted a private reception at the National Arts Club in celebration of the inaugural Four Quartets Prize. The prize is presented by the T.S. Eliot Foundation in partnership with the Poetry Society of America and is launching in the 75th anniversary year of the original publication of Four Quartets in a single volume, in America, in 1943. The award recognizes a unified and complete sequence of poems published in America in a print or online journal, chapbook, or book in 2016 and/or 2017. The judges, Linda Gregerson, Ishion Hutchinson, and Jana Prikryl, selected finalists Geoffrey G. O’Brien for “Experience in Groups” from Experience in Groups (Wave Books); Kathleen Pierce for Vault: a poem (New Michigan Press); and Danez Smith for “summer, somewhere” from Don’t Call Us Dead (Graywolf Press).

At the ceremony, Jeremy Irons announced Danez Smith as the winner.

Learn more at poetrysociety.org

All photos by Beowulf Sheehan

Watch the livestream of Jeremy announcing the Four Quartets Prize winner:

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Jeremy Irons Reads ‘Four Quartets’ at 92Y

Jeremy Irons was at the 92nd Street Y, in New York City, on Thursday 12 April 2018, to read T.S. Eliot’s ‘Four Quartets’.

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Text via 92Y.org – “Seventy-five years after the publication of “Four Quartets” — and nearly seventy years since T. S. Eliot himself read from the poem in his Poetry Center debut — Academy Award-winning actor Jeremy Irons returns to 92Y’s stage to present the masterwork in its entirety. This special event coincides with the awarding of the inaugural Four Quartets Prize, presented by the T. S. Eliot Foundation in association with the Poetry Society of America, as well as the CD release of Irons reading all of Eliot’s poems.

Guests in attendance included Sinead Cusack, Glenn Close, Laurence Fishburne, Melissa Errico, Griffin Dunne, Tyne Daly, producer Ed Pressman and his wife Annie, actor Josh Hamilton and his wife playwright Lily Thorne, and Alice Quinn – Executive Director of the Poetry Society of America.

Before he read the ‘Four Quartets’, Jeremy offered some background information on T.S. Eliot and on the themes and locations mentioned in the poems. He also offered some words of wisdom when it comes to listening to poetry and also reading poetry.

Jeremy said he often tells audiences before he reads the poems: “Don’t get worried about the specifics…about the little moments…about the classical allegories or analogies or whatever that he [the poet] pops in. That meant something to him, but if it doesn’t mean anything to you, it isn’t important. Just listen, let it wash over you. Don’t be too specific or pedantic in the way you listen. And maybe something will be transmitted over and above the poem.”

Jeremy mentioned that T.S. Eliot wrote: “A recording of a poem read by its author is no more definitive an interpretation than a recording of a symphony conducted by the composer. A poem, if it’s of any depth and complexity, will have meanings in it concealed from the author. And should be capable of being read in many ways and with a variety of emotional emphases. A good poem, indeed, is one which even the most inexpert reading cannot wholly ruin and which even the most accomplished reading cannot exhaust. Another reader reciting the poem needn’t feel bound to reproduce these rhythms. If he studied the author’s version, he can assure himself he’s departing from it deliberately and not from ignorance.”

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On Friday 13 April 2018, at The National Arts Club at Gramercy Park in New York City, Jeremy was on hand to present the inaugural Four Quartets Prize to poet Danez Smith. Read more about that event from LitHub.

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Jeremy Irons on ‘Loose Ends’ BBC Radio 4

Jeremy Irons was a guest, on Saturday 7 April 2018, of the BBC Radio 4 programme Loose Ends.  Hosts Clive Anderson and Arthur Smith were joined by Jeremy Irons, Catherine Tate, Tracy Ann Oberman and James Graham. Music was performed by Honeyfeet.

Visit the BBC Radio 4 website HERE.

Click on the player below to listen to the episode:

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Better Start Running – Website, Trailer & More

Jeremy Irons’s upcoming film Better Start Running has a new website which features the first official trailer, photo gallery, clips, interviews and more.

Better Start Running also stars Alex Sharp, Analeigh Tipton, Edi Gathegi, Karan Soni, Maria Bello and Jane Seymour.

Check out the website at betterstartrunningmovie.com

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Here’s the first official trailer:

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