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PORTO

I am walking on cobblestones
The colour of mackerel skin,
Past houses painted
Watermelon pink
And caramel yellow,
Beneath trees the colour of dried parsley
And churches the colour of clifftops.
Balconies of port red and cedar green
Project from art nouveau façades
The colour of grilled sardine flesh,
The colour of salted almonds,
The colour of the weather –
All the weather of the river,
All the weather of the sea.
Here and there a Delft blue
Cries out from the seventeenth century,
Here and there a circling gull
Cries out from an infinitely old new world.

By Jonathan Steffen

First published in ‘The Colour of Love’, Acumen Publications 2011.

Songs for Cecilia, Great St Mary’s Church, Cambridge, 22 November 2019

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Jonathan will be joined by Roland Gallery and Evelyn Nallen for “Songs for Cecilia” – a lunchtime recital at Great St Mary’s, the Cambridge University Church.

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Graham Greene Film Review Prize Launched at 2019 International Festival

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Graham Greene is primarily known today as the novelist who penned such classics as Brighton Rock and Our Man in Havana.

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Graham Greene International Festival 2019: ‘Reflections on Greene’

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The 21st Graham Greene International Festival will be held in Berkhamsted from Thursday 19th to Sunday 22nd September this year.

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Histories of the Heart – Jonathan Steffen, Roland Gallery, Evelyn Nallen

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The Round Church, Cambridge, Friday 21st June, doors open 7:00 p.m., concert starts at 7:30 p.m.

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The Fox

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My soul is a fox with a hen in its maw
And the tingle of blood in its tooth and its claw

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The Moonlight Mandolin Orchestra with Daniela Rossi

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Festival Theatre, Cambridge Buddhist Centre, Saturday 23rd March 2019, doors open 7:30 p.m., concert starts at 8:00 p.m.

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Cambridge Publishing Society Networking Event, Thur 22nd Nov

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Cambridge Publishing Society has the pleasure of inviting you to a networking event on Thursday 22nd November, 18:30–20:30, in The Tram Depot, Dover Street, Cambridge, CB1 1DY.

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Graham Greene International Festival to celebrate 20th anniversary

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The Graham Greene International Festival is to celebrate its 20th anniversary on September 20‒23 this year.

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Scott Walker and Frank Sinatra

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I have been listening to Scott Walker recently, having strayed across some of his recordings of Jacques Brel’s songs. His voice seems to come from the depths ‒ literally, from somewhere beneath the surface of existence.

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19th Graham Greene International Festival 2017

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From its portrayal of razor gangs in 1930s Brighton to its depiction of the machinations of the CIA in 1950s Indochina, the work of the British novelist Graham Greene remains not only chillingly accurate but also enduringly relevant. Swap acid for cutthroat razors and the Middle East for the Far East, and Greene might almost be talking about our own times.

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