[identity profile] legionseaglelj.livejournal.com

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[identity profile] rekraft.livejournal.com
Will Shakspere's dedication of The Rape of Lucrece to Harry Southampton reminds me of the more cryptic dedications in Antonia Forest's own books - and the fact that one name keeps coming up.

Antonia Forest's dedications )
[identity profile] iodina.livejournal.com
I have found various things in the school archives. Research was somewhat impeded by a myopic receptionist and a detour into the school Matriculation records. However, I have unearthed a couple of things.

Antonia Forest's school career, Sports:

Read more... )

School Plays: Whilst the magazine for 1927 had a cast list for its play, the rest of years are not so helpful. There are several mentions of the 'School Certificate forms' putting on a play, which leads me to believe that AF was probably in one of the following plays, at least.

Read more... )

I would like to thank slemslempike for advising me on which parts to include in this post (all of them!). Thanks!

ETA: is anyone interested in the marks AF got in her School certificate? I saw them when I was checking for extra information on her.

ETA2: I see much talk of a Lois. If anyone is interested, there was a Lois, the captain of the first senior Netball team at the same time as AF. This could be purely coincidental, however.
[identity profile] iodina.livejournal.com
I am a member of the Archives society in Antonia Forest's old school, SHHS. As she is a moderately well known 'old girl' we are eager to find out as much as possible about her. I am perhaps more eager than most, however... ;-) We are (sort of) looking into her life at the school, by going through old school magazines etc.

Would anyone be interested in anything we found? There are descriptions of school plays/rehersals/matches etc. which she performed in, which I might be able to transcribe.

Not using my 'main' journal, mainly because I am a paranoid girl who doesn't like to give any personal information out on the internet.
[identity profile] widgetfox.livejournal.com
As mentioned by [livejournal.com profile] prestonuk in her previous post, I took notes of the two speeches given at the Forest Day., and thought people might be interested to see them. Similar apologies for the delay. [livejournal.com profile] prestonuk or [livejournal.com profile] liadnan, please shout if you think I’ve missed or misrepresented anything.

Sue Sims on AF’s life and work )

Hilary Clare on AF’s place in history )
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[identity profile] coughingbear.livejournal.com
Sorry about the delay in writing this up, have only just had time to do it.

We gathered at St Botolph’s Bishopsgate on Saturday morning May 21st, and hung around in the churchyard until it was time for the Mass. I stuck my head around the kitchen door to offer help, but it was already full of eager hands chopping fruit and suchlike, so I stowed the Special Chocolate Cake and left. St Botolph's is a lovely church, though I can’t find a picture of the interior for you. Father Nicolas du Chaxel celebrated the Tridentine Mass, and the choir sang the Byrd Mass for Four Voices, his Ave verum and the chant beautifully. There was a slight shortage of Mass books so we had to share, though as often seems to be the case with missals/mass sheets it was pretty difficult to work out where we were in the service anyway and how many pages to skip for the next bit. First time I’d been to a Tridentine service since I was very young, but I can’t say it had the same effect on me as on Nicola, I don’t think I’d be hooked if I went again. Fr Nicolas preached a short sermon on the importance of artists and writers like Antonia Forest, and we finished up by singing The Lord’s My Shepherd. There was a collection at the end, half for the church and half for the RNLI.

Then it was time for people to register and have lunch; while queuing I chatted to [livejournal.com profile] liadnan and [livejournal.com profile] frankie_ecap, about among other things exactly what Antiochian Orthodoxy is, we having noticed that they have services at St Botolph’s. It turned out that one of the women ahead of us in the queue was Antiochian Orthodox, and she told us about their Patriarch in Damascus, Ignatius IV.

Eventually everyone got seated in the church hall; a woman sitting near me had brought along a letter she’d received from AF, though I can’t make any revelations because I didn’t get a chance to read it properly. Hope to see one of the people who did tonight, so may report further later. We discussed the future lives of Nicola and Patrick (‘My first crush! You can't slash him!’, explained someone), including whether Nicola might marry Robert Anquetil (edited to correct his name, thanks to [livejournal.com profile] jediowl), and some of the ideas in the ODNB entry for Nicola that a few of us put together a while ago.

Another letter, and a photograph of AF as a girl, were prizes in the raffle; I won a British Library CD of Elizabethan music. Lunch was very good, and finished with a toast to AF’s memory. Sue Sims, AF’s literary executor, then talked about AF’s life, and the extent to which it’s reflected in the books. She also passed around a photo of AF’s father, Ernest Rubinstein (AF’s real name was Patricia Rubinstein), and AF at her bat mitzvah. Hilary Clare then discussed AF’s place in children’s literature of the period, quoting Victor Watson’s ‘Jane Austen has gone missing’. We all agreed her place is high, natch! [livejournal.com profile] frankie_ecap took notes and is going to report on this bit in more detail.

And then it was time to drag everyone out on the ‘Nicholas Marlow’s London’ walk; I had a group of about 12 people, including [livejournal.com profile] liadnan and [livejournal.com profile] frankie_ecap, who despite the rather mixed weather cheerfully (I think!) walked our route around the City, admiring the statues of beatified chartered accountants in Great Swan Alley, visiting the monument to Hemings and Condell in St Mary Aldermanbury, getting soaked as we stood at the site of Paul’s Cross in St Paul’s Churchyard, and remembering Nicholas seeing the preachers there, and meeting Humfrey, and trying to imagine the bookshops like the Phoenix Restored where Lloyd’s Bank now is. The rain eventually eased off and we walked along part of the Thames footpath, and saw the place where old London Bridge once was, with its entrance through St Magnus, where Nicolas rode into London with Robin Poley from Southwark under the gatehouse with the severed heads over it. Finally we walked up Gracechurch Street (the route that Burbage used to take the timber from the Theatre to the Globe), and went to look at Great St Helen’s, one of the few medieval buildings left, and where Shakespeare was a parishioner (and defaulting taxpayer). Crosby Place opens off the same street, where Richard of Gloucester lived, but the building is in Chelsea now. Possibly the most appreciated piece of information I was able to give during the walk was that Cloak Street is probably named after the sewer which once ran along it, (cloaca = sewer in Latin).

Back to St Botolph’s for tea, where the chocolate cakes and gingerbread were disappearing rapidly, in time for me to rush off to catch a train to Oxford and others to do a rather fiendish Forest quiz, as set by Hilary Clare. I have a copy at home, so may put the questions up here for people to try - though I don't have the official list of answers.


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