Mid year news update

This year marks the 60th Anniversary of the death of Dorothy L. Sayers.

There have been a number of events in 2017.  Below is a summary:

February: Visit by members to the Royal Opera House, Thurrock, Essex

March: The Dorothy L. Sayers Annual Lecture, part of the Essex Book Festival  given by James Runcie, creator of the Grantchester detective novels and son of our former patron, the late Lord Runcie.

May: The launch, at Hatchards, Piccadilly, of Taking Detective Stories Seriously, an edited collection of reviews written by Dorothy L. Sayers for The Times.  Author Martin Edwards, who is also Chair of the Crime Writers’ Association, edited the collection, introducing it with an essay on the work of Dorothy L. Sayers as critic during this period.

June: In honour of DLS’s birthday (13th June), ‘Dorothy Day’ was held on Saturday, 10th June, in Witham, where Dorothy lived for many years.  A concert was held, after which there was lunch and a showing of a film interview on the saving of Dorothy L. Sayers’ house from demolition, followed by tea.

July: presentation of the Norah Lambourne Design Award, in conjunction with the Royal Opera House to one of the stage apprentices at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden.

August:  Our annual Convention for members will take place at the Colchester Campus of the University of Essex between 11th and 14th August.

September: Our annual bell ringing award to a nominee from the Ladies Guild of Change Ringers will be presented at Thornton Magna in the area of Diss on 15th September.

St Mary’s Church, Bluntisham-cum-Earith, where Dorothy’s father was Rector and where Dorothy grew up, is holding a Community Arts Festival on the theme of ‘Spirit of Sayers’ on the weekend of 16th and 17th September.  For further information, please see: www.meridianbenefice.org.uk

October: The AGM of the Society will be held on Saturday 28 October at 2 pm at St Anne’s, Soho.

December: There will be a service to mark 60 years since the death of Dorothy L Sayers.  This will be held at St. Anne’s, Soho

Further news can be found in the Society Bulletin, available to members.

Royal Opera House visit - Thurrock

A group of members visited the Royal Opera House premises in Thurrock on Friday, 3 February 2017.  It is here that the apprentices who enter our Norah Lambourne Design Award competition are trained.  

We were given a tour of the premises by Graham, who was assisted by Chris and Guy.  There are three new buildings on the complex, each housing various aspects of opera staging from large sets to small items of costume.

The largest building is where the stage sets are built and then dismantled before being transported to Covent Garden. We saw some of the stage sets for Turandot and Die Meistersinger.

The costume archive contains items worn by Dame Margot Fonteyn, Dame Joan Sutherland and Rudolf Nureyev as well as a large workshop where costumes are prepared for upcoming shows.

The original site was a set of farm buildings, with the farmhouse dating back to the 17th Century.

The tour gave us an insight into the hours of hard work that go into staging events at Covent Garden.


RIP Dr Barbara Reynolds

It is with sadness that The Dorothy L Sayers Society passes on the news of the death of our President Dr Barbara Reynolds. She was just a little over 6 weeks away from her 101st birthday.

Her remarkable intelligence and presence, and her many contributions to and support for The Dorothy L Sayers Society are well and lovingly remembered. Barbara was a distinguished Italian scholar, lexicographer, translator, and author of a study on Dante. She edited Dorothy L Sayers’ letters and wrote a biography − Dorothy L Sayers: Her Life and Soul. Barbara completed Sayers’ translation of “Paradiso” from Dante’s Divine Comedy (left incomplete at Sayers’ death), and wrote The Passionate Intellect, a study on Sayers and the Dante translation. Barbara Reynolds was Dorothy L Sayers’ god-daughter. Barbara will be greatly missed, and our thoughts are now with her family.

Barbara Reynolds Award 2014

The Dorothy L Sayers Society is delighted to announce it is offering an Award to celebrate the 100th birthday of Barbara Reynolds, President of the Dorothy L Sayers Society and good friend of Dorothy herself. We invited the submission of serious academic published work on a theme related to Dorothy L Sayers’ life and work. Submissions have now closed, and the winner will be announced in due course.