The Winter Selection

TBS Winter

Having now digested our Autumn selection (although there may well be more to come on that selection on this blog), it was time to pick five more cultural offerings for exploration over what’s left of the year. This group of five will be up for discussion in about three months’ time – around the end of January 2015.

First the artist, and after Caravagio and Whistler we move forward, firmly into the 20th Century with the work of English artist Eric Ravilious, known for his landscapes of the South Downs, but also an important war artist.

For the book the choice is The Visitors, a new novel by Simon Sylvester, which won The Guardian’s Not The Booker Prize for 2014. It’s a crime novel set on a fictitious Scottish island.

For the poet, the choice is Sir John Betjeman, champion of architecture and well known rail enthusiast. But also a talented poet.

The album of choice is also a product of Scotland and a product of 2014. It’s the new album from Kenny Anderson a.k.a. King Creosote. The album, written as a soundtrack to a film about the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow is entitled To Scotland With Love.

Finally the film is Brief Encounter, the British classic from 1945 starring Trevor Howard, Celia Johnson and Carnforth railway station.

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