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Another magical evening! Michael Morpurgo charmed us with a story in which a youngster encounters the greatest artist in the world. Cezanne, or was it actually Picasso? Then Margaret Drabble took us to her childhood and from there into the heart of Van Gogh. Then we moved with Andrew Motion into  the public and private worlds of Rousseau as he watches over  the gates of Paris. The evening  ended with a new poem by Andrew Motion in response to the painting. Wonderful!

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A wonderful evening and a full house despite the tube strike on 4th October.  Amit Chaudhuri started out by explaining why he will be talking about a painting that was not his favourite but which he was becoming fascinated with and in the process illuminated not only Renoir the painter, but also Renoir the film maker. Ruth Padel then took us through the extraordinary narrative of the Flight from Egypt and gave us a  new poem inspired by the painting. Finally Ali Smith read a dazzling story of  discovering Cezanne and offered us arrows to the heart from Rilke. A very special evening.

Next week, we will have the second evening in the series  with Michael Morpurgo, Margaret Drabble and Andrew Motion. Already sold out. Then on the 14 October, the last of the 2010  Salons.

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