Trust & Festival News


RADIO ADAPTATION OF A BURNT-OUT CASE

There is to be another BBC radio adaptation of one of Greene’s novels. A Burnt-Out Case will be broadcast on the 19 and 26 November. It has been adapted by Nick Warburton who was interviewed at last year’s festival and who attended this year as well where he announced the good news.


GRAHAM GREENE STUDIES JOURNAL DELAY

Yet again, apologies for the non-appearance of the new academic journal devoted to Graham Greene, Graham Greene Studies. Sadly, technical issues, which are being addressed by the North Georgia University Press, are still preventing this from happening. There will be a notice on the website as soon as there is further news. However, Martyn Sampson has been given access to the journal and his review will appear in the November edition of ASON.


 

PART TIME CREATIVE WRITING DEGREE

We have been contacted by Cambridge University who have asked us to publicise various part time courses they are running in Creative Writing. The organisers thought the courses may be of interest to readers of Graham Greene. Learn more by going to this website:

www.ice.cam.ac.uk/courses/certificates-and-diplomas


JUDGING A BOOK BY ITS COVER

DSC05603Graham Greene paid close attention to all aspects of the production of his books. Often he was quite harshly judgmental, particularly concerning the cover designs. For example, he wrote to Max Reinhardt, the owner of Bodley Head, in March 1973, complaining at length about the proposed dust-jacket for The Honorary Consul, ‘This hideous array of pastoral scenery gives the impression of a Collins or Hutchinson51HEIVbO6gL._SX326_BO1,204,203,200_ jacket of a nice romantic novel by Elizabeth Goodge’.20602089922 Needless to say, he got his way. On another occasion, he took great exception to the covers for new Penguin editions, describing them variously as ‘absurd’ and ‘beyond belief’. By contrast, he declared the American Viking jacket for Brighton Rock to be the best he had ever had on one of his books.

Tim Hetherington, who designed the covers for the current Vintage Classics range of Greene’s novels will be interviewed by Mike Hill on the Saturday morning of the upcoming Festival. One wonders whether or not Greene would have approved of Tim’s work. One thing is for sure – he would have had an opinion.


FESTIVAL 2018

It has been recently confirmed with our hosts Berkhamsted School that the 20th Graham Greene International Festival will take place 20th -23rd September 2018.

It is testimony to the enduring popularity of this great twentieth century writer, the dedication of the Birthplace Trust and the loyalty of a wide ‘fan-base’ that we have reached this 20 year milestone.


 

THE MISSING PLAQUE

A plaque commemorating Graham Greene’s brief time working in the city as a journalist in 1925-26 has gone missing – or rather has been deliberately removed to 15912368-largemake way for a smart new brass one marking the renovation of the offices where he was employed – Express Buildings in Upper Parliament Street. Read this interesting little feature by going to the Nottingham Post website and simply entering ‘Graham Greene’ in the search box in the top right-hand corner.

Let’s hope the plaque is safe, languishing in some dusty basement and will be found soon – at least The Nottingham Post is on the case. Typically, Greene had mixed feelings about his time in the city but it did provide the setting, ‘Nottwich’, for his 1936 novel A Gun for Sale.

 


 EXPLORING GRAHAM GREENE’S HAVANA

Next year will mark the 60th anniversary of the publication of one of Greene’s best-loved novels – Our Man in Havana. But how much of the old city which Cuba 2Greene describes in detail still exists today? Quite a lot according to Luke Spencer who has written a fascinating account of his visit to Havana armed with a dog-eared copy of the novel tucked under his arm.

Read his article on the Atlas Obscura website: www.atlasobscura.com  – just follow the link to Stories. But beware, it will make you want to hop on a plane and go there!