On October 29th we are welcoming film-maker, author and poet Jonathan Stedall to Bleddfa, to give an interview about his recently published book of poems, ‘No Shore Too Far’.
Jonathan is a renowned documentary film-maker of over 150 films, largely at the BBC, where he worked with many thoughtful and creative people including John Betjeman, Laurens van der Post, Alan Bennett, Mark Tully and Ben Okri. He won the BAFTA Robert Flaherty Award in 1968 for In Need of Special Care, about a Camphill school in Scotland for children with special needs, and was nominated by BAFTA and by The Broadcasting Press Guild for 1985 series, Living with Uncle Sam.
Jonathan appeared at the Bleddfa Centre six years ago in connection with the publication of his book ‘Where on Earth is Heaven?’, where he wrote about some of the inspiring influences in his life, including Gandhi, Tolstoy, Carl Jung and Rudolf Steiner, and about the making of biographical documentaries with such a huge canvass.
In September 2014 Jonathan’s wife, Jackie, died at the age of 64. A year later, Jonathan wrote a poem for her called ‘A Bigger Picture’. Many poems followed, as a result of his coming to terms with the grief, and his long held belief that death is a transition and not an end.
His book, ‘No Shore Too Far’, brings together his poems on grief, bereavement and hope. He has already received some wonderful feedback, including “It sounds odd to say it of such a profound book, rather than of a thriller, but I couldn’t put it down. The poems are beautiful – simple, clear, honest, moving.” and “The poems are beautiful, poignant and inspiring”.
Jonathan will be interviewed by Nicholas Murray from Rack Press; join them for a poignant and honest evening, leavened with humour and an ultimate sense of redemption. There will also be poetry readings and a chance to ask Jonathan your own questions.
Tickets £5 to include refreshments (£4 concessions) 5:00pm – 7:00pm.