Mr. GERALD GOULD and Miss MARY SOMERVILLE, ' Reading and Writing '
Mr. DAVID GARNETT, Walks through
AFTER, Chelsea and Westminster, in this series of Talks on interesting walks through
London, comes Bloomsbury, the Mayfair of the eighteenth century, whose waning fortunes, as the beau monde. gradually deserted it, have begun to revive in our own time since the ' intellectuals ' recolonized it, and its stately if faded terraces became the headquarters of the Bloomsbury School. Mr. David Garnett, who gives the Talk, holds the franchise of the district, for he is ono of the triumvirate that controls the Nonesuch Press in Great James Street, which has produced so many notable books. The grandson of the late Dr. Richard Garnett, of -the British Museum, and son of Edward Garnett , who ' discovered ' Joseph Conrad , and of Constance Garnett , the translator of the great Russians, he is himself the author of that celebrated story, Lady into Fox,' which was the talk of the season in 1921, and its no less remarkable successors, ' A Man in the Zoo,' and ' The Sailor's Return.' A new book of his, called ' Go She Must,' is to be published next month.
by REGINALD FOORT, relayed from the New Gallery Kinerna
The Sad Story of Grandfather Clock.' by Hugh Gee. ' The Heron and the Eel ' (Richard Kearlon ). Selections by THE ARRAN TRIO
directed by SIDNEY FIRMAN
by the Royal Horticultural Society
Lieut.-Col. W. P. DRURY, C.B.E., ' Historical
Sketches-The Booby Who Built An Empire.' S.B. from Plymouth
IN the sixth of this series of historical sketches,
Lieut. -Col. Drury will speak of one of the most romantic figures in the Empire's history-an East India Company's clerk who became a soldier and statesman, did much to secure the establishment of British rule in India, won the great victory of Plassey, was accused of tyranny and corruption, and ended his career with drug-taking and suicide. Such a story gives ample scope for those talents for brilliant characterization and vivid atmosphere that Lieut. -Col. Drury has, in his previous Talks, shown himself to possess.
THOSE who remember Mr. Mitchell Hedges 's recent article in The Radio Times on his adventurous journey of exploration amongst the ruins of the once great Maya civilization, in Central America, will be especially eager to hear him talk again of the strange discoveries that he and Lady (Richmond) Brown made.
Under the Direction of Capt. H. G. AMERS
Relayed from Devonshire Park, Eastbourne
Capt. H. G.
A Tale of Anatolia, by Laurance Morton
The following tells, in speech and music, a story, not unfamiliar in Turkey during the dark days of Abdul Hamid, the Red Sultan.
Ikbal, a Circassian girl of humble parentage, living with her stepmother at Ak Shehr, a village in Asia Minor, attracts the attention of the countryside by her beauty. The emissaries of the Sultan connive with her stepmother to carry her off to the palace at Istanbul.
Kara Mustapha, a young outlaw, is in love with Ikbal, and seeks to prevent the eunuchs from carrying her away. Failing in this design, he follows her to the shores of the Bosphorus, and, by a clever plan, effects her rescue.
Scene 1. The Garden of the Cottage in Ak Shehr.
Scene 2. The Bandits' Camp in the Hills.
Scene 3. The Imam's House-Ak Shehr.
Scene 4. Interior of the Serai, Yildiz.
Scene 5. On the Black Waters of the Bosphorus.
Scene 6. Aboard the Turkish Cruiser, Messoudieh
Interpreted by Selected Players
This Turkish play has been written, and illustrated with Turkish music, in an attempt to recreate for Western listeners the atmosphere of Constantinople, the heart of the Near East, as it seems to one who knows it well from many years' experience. Ever since, centuries ago, the Turkish invasion fell back from Christendom, and it was finally settled that the Balkans and not the Rhine were to be the frontier of the Moslem East, Turkey has remained to the ordinary Englishman an unknown quantity; a pawn in European politics that had the habit of acting quite originally at unexpected times, and, apart from politics, a chaos of confused impressions in which harems, palace revolutions and drownings in the Bosphorus were the only definite ideas. Turkey has, in many ways, changed radically since the War, but the national character is still deeply marked by the tradition of the lurid reign of the tyrant 'Abdul the Damned,' in which this play is set.
Musical items directed by:
THE letters of William Cowper (1731-1800), the author of ' The Task,' ' The Castaway,'
' John Gilpin ,' and many other poems that have a permanent place in English literature, were first published in 1824, and have been many times re-edited and reissued since. These letters of one of the most unfortunate of all English poets-a neurotic victim of melancholia and religious mania, who several times attempted suicide, and more than once became insane- are well worthy to rank in this series of Com- - panionable Books, with such famous companions as Boswell and Pepys and ' The Compleat Angler ' for their intellectual power, their richness of feeling and the many-sided wisdom of their outlook on life.
OF THE LATE XVII. AND EARLY XVIII. CENTURIES
Interpreted by Mrs. NORMAN O'NElLL- SCARLATTI
First of Two Studies in C Major Pastorale in D Minor, No. 9
Tempo di Ballo in D. Major, No. 33 Allegro in B Minor, No. 60
Allegro in A Major, No. 182 Pastorale, No. 43, in F Major Allegro, No. 42
OCARLATTI travelled about a good deal at various periods. He spent some time in Spain, as music master to one of the Princesses of the royal house. It was while he was staying in that count rv, at Aranjuaz, in 1754, that he composed the little piece in B Minor, the fourth of those played to-night.
It is related of him that, during this Spanish visit, whenever his playing was highly praised, he would refer to Handel's skill as greater than his own, and would cross himself in reverence for his great contemporary, with whom, after their contest at Rome (referred to in Monday's note) ho became extremely friendly.
CYNTHIA JEFFERIES , FLORENCE OLDHAM , DOD
MEHAN and HAROLD MONTAGUE