Thetford resident Elisabeth Horan will read from her new book of poems, “Self-Portrait”, a tribute to the life and art of Frida Kahlo. Slides of the paintings that inspired each poem will accompany the reading. Refreshments will be served and books will be for sale.
‘In the wake of damage, it’s often necessary for us to examine every mangled piece of ourselves to find a way to love again, to live. Elisabeth Horan’s Self-Portrait, a collection of poems giving beautiful voice to Frida Kahlo as survivor and conqueror, has the courage to confront any pain and loss it finds. As Horan writes, “There is nothing I won’t touch,” and we are all blessed by this courage line by line in Self-Portrait. These poems lie down in broken glass. They caress the sharp edges of shards left after the breaking. And while these lines carry loss and injury, they also manage to find beauty in every shattered piece, each refraction of light, each laugh and each tear. Horan is a poet so at home in the body, in the blood, in the meat and the knife, it’s astonishingly easy to make the leap from carnage to incarnate in these poems with her, to heal and to praise, to feel Frida Kahlo’s breath on our cheeks as we read these pages.’—Jack B. Bedell, Poet Laureate, State of Louisiana, 2017-2019, author of No Brother, This Storm
A First-person living history program in song and saga about Gudrid the Wanderer, the first Viking woman to reach the New World. Where was Leif Ericsson’s fabled Vinland?What did the New World look like to the explorers of a thousand years ago? Relive the saga of Gudrid Thorbjørnsdottír, sister-in law of Leif Eiriksson, wife of Icelandic merchant Thorfinn Karlsefni, and colonist of Vinland theGood. This enthralling retelling of traditional Icelandic saga in song skilfully interweaves Icelandic sagas with medieval
poetry and Scandinavian music in the oral tradition. Celebrate the second millennium of adventurous women with a uniquely North American perspective on Norse exploration of the New World. Lynn Noel has a voice of striking clarity and power, enthralling stage presence, and a captivating storyteller’s style that brings history to life.