Wednesday 11th - 8pm (Parish Church)

Linda Hart and Gabriel Woolf ("The English Years of Robert Frost”)

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“…Two roads diverged in a wood and I –                  I took the one less travelled by,                    And that has made all the difference.”

                    From ‘The Road Not Taken’ by Robert Frost (1874-1963)

The great American poet Robert Frost first achieved poetic recognition while living in Beaconsfield from 1912 to 1914. He was 38 years old when he left his farm and teaching job in New Hampshire, so that he would have time to concentrate on writing poetry. Frost's first book, A Boy's Will, was published in 1913. A year later, just as he was moving from Beaconsfield to Dymock in Gloucestershire, his second and still most famous book, North of Boston, was published. By the time he left England in February 1915, six months after the start of World War One, his poetic reputation was established.

Gabriel Woolf

Gabriel Woolf  is one of the country’s most distinguished readers and actors. Gabriel has presented literary programs across the English-speaking world, including major tours of the USA, and has performed in Britain for every major arts festival, and many minor ones as well. He has edited and read over 40 novels on the radio, and performed in hundreds of literary programmes. These include ‘self-portraits’ of George Eliot, Dickens, Tennyson, Rupert Brooke, W.H.Auden, John Betjeman, Henry James, Kipling and Keats. 

Gabriel gave an acclaimed performance of ‘Robert Frost’s English Years’ at  the Cheltenham Festival of Literature, and at the Robert Frost Museum in Derry, New Hampshire. He reads for Radio 4’s Poetry Please and can be heard in the BBC Radio adaptation of Lord Peter Wimsey. Gabriel has also appeared on television and in films. He was elected President of the Alliance of Literary Societies for more than a decade. He was President of the International Dickens Fellowship, and is now President of the Arthur Ransome Society.


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Linda Hart was born in New York City, and has lived in England since 1975. For the past 22 years she has worked as a freelance writer, researcher, editor and lecturer. Linda has degrees from two American universities, and from Oxford University where she was at Somerville College.  In 1993 Linda founded the Friends of the Dymock Poets, to commemorate several poets including Robert Frost, Rupert Brooke and Edward Thomas, who spent time in the Gloucestershire village of Dymock in the years before the First World War.

As an American, her special interest is Robert Frost, and how he gained poetic recognition while living in Beaconsfield from 1912 to 1914.  She has lectured on ‘The English Years of Robert Frost’ at many venues, including the Chichester Literary Society, the Autumn in Malvern Festival, the Royal Bath Literary and Scientific Institute, the Hull Literary and Philosophical Institute, the American School in Surrey, the Robert Frost Museum in New Hampshire and Middlebury College in Vermont.