Cape Town Performance, 29th April, 2016
Venue: The Centre for the Book, 62 Queen Victoria Street, Cape Town

The Poets' Question at the Centre for the Book, at the National Library, Cape Town
The Poets’ Question at the Centre for the Book, at the National Library, Cape Town

The Poets’ Question is a highly enjoyable presentation featuring works of some of the best-known modern poets. The poems are read with skill and precision by actor John Carson. Lex Loizides examines the relationship between the poets’ expressions of longing and the possibility of spiritual truth. The presentation is a fine blend of literary insight and the discovery of an intellectually satisfying spirituality.

It debuted in Cape Town, South Africa and was first presented in the UK at Queen’s College, Oxford, followed by sold-out performances in Cambridge and Norwich.

Poets featured in The Poets’ Question include, among others, WB Yeats, TS Eliot, Stevie Smith, Robert Frost, John Crowe Ransom and Dylan Thomas.

The Poets' Question in Cambridge. Lex asks John about the day he spent with Dylan Thomas
The Poets’ Question in Cambridge. Lex asks John about the day he spent with Dylan Thomas
John Carson, Tessa Bond and Lex at The Poets’ Question in Cape Town

Comments from previous performances of The Poets’ Question

Fantastic evening. What a great presentation! (Cape Town)
Well researched, well written and well read. Not to be missed. (Oxford)

Lex at The Poets’ Question, Queen’s College, Oxford

Excellent readings, well presented, good pace, good linking between readings. (Cambridge)
Thoroughly enjoyable evening. My PhD friends loved it. (Oxford)
Well thought through and prepared, beautifully delivered. I really enjoyed it. (Cape Town)

The Poets' Question is always a lot of fun. Jude Simpson and Lex enjoy John's reminisces of Eliot and Thomas.
The Poets’ Question is always a lot of fun. Jude Simpson and Lex enjoy John’s reminisces of Eliot and Thomas.

The Poets’ Question – a great opportunity for interesting conversations. (Cape Town)
Wonderful mix of conversational tone and performance. Oh, for the voice of John Carson! (Cambridge)

John Carson at the Poets’ Question, Norwich, March 2011

The highlight for me was hearing the poems read with such rich eloquence. Beautiful! (Oxford)
Lex’s presentation was so well done. John Carson’s reading was fabulous. (Cape Town)
Excellent – no hint of anything boring! (Cambridge)
Excellent evening.  Loved the discussions around the poems that followed. (Cape Town)
Very good. Brought the poems alive! (Norwich)

If you are interested in hosting The Poets' Question in your town please leave a comment and we'll be in touch!
If you are interested in hosting The Poets’ Question in your town please leave a comment and we’ll be in touch!

About the speakers

John Carson The Internet Movie Data Base page on John Carson features some of his 328 movie and television appearances including his role as Mr Knightly in the BBC’s adaptation of Emma by Jane Austen.

He is a prolific actor who appeared constantly on UK screens throughout the mid 50s until the mid 80s and is still acting today, although mainly in movies. The secret of John’s success has been his versatility and his wonderful voice.

In July 2009 he made a rare appearance at a John Carson Celebration Day in London where he talked at length about his long career in television, film and stage. His continuing popularity was evident by the large attendance. John remains one of our finest and most familiar actors to this day.

Lex Loizides at The Poets’ Question

Lex Loizides is a modern hymn-writer and speaker and is based in Cape Town South Africa. His songs have been recorded in a variety of different styles, from Salvation Army Brass band compilations to the more soulful and rocky style of Pentecostal Revivalists. A recording of one of his hymns was released by the Prague Symphony Orchestra. He has been published in the UK and in South Africa’s literary magazines Prufrock and New Contrast. His lifelong love for poetry and his interest in Christian spirituality come together in The Poets’ Question.

John and Lex have collaborated on eight literary events in the UK and South Africa.

The Poetry of CS Lewis
John and Lex also collaborated on a presentation on the life and poetry of CS Lewis which has been performed in Cambridge and Norwich and Cape Town. Click on this links for more details: CS LEWIS: THE POET

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6 thoughts on “THE POETS’ QUESTION

  1. Cath Wiseman March 14, 2012 / 3:09 pm

    Hi Lex,

    I wondered when the next Poet’s question, Cape Town will be happening as I would love to come and hopefully gather some interested friends/family.
    Best regards,
    Cath Wiseman (I met you and Jo in Pick ‘n Pay a few weeks back with Mark and my little guy, Daniel)

  2. Lex Loizides January 16, 2013 / 11:51 am

    John is returning to Cape Town hopefully in 2013 so I think there will be a performance coming soon!

  3. Anthony Spallone January 16, 2013 / 4:08 pm

    Hi Lex, will this performance be happening in Oxford or London anytime soon? Thank you!

  4. Lex Loizides November 21, 2013 / 4:24 am

    Hi Anthony. No plans at the moment but speak to your pastor, or church leaders and maybe we can organise something.

  5. Peter Merrington March 28, 2014 / 9:46 am

    Hi Lex, this is fascinating stuff. I’ve only come across your work now, but it’s of timely interest. I’m running a six-week course in Cape Town on poetry and faith, from the Old English ‘Dream of the Rood’ to the early twentieth century – a quick romp through poetics and desire, history of ideas, imagination and faith. These are my central interests – the connections between poetics, imagination, creativity and faith. I hope to keep in touch, and maybe meet some time in Cape Town. Peter Merrington

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