Peter Sulston started the 2014 series of Arts Break at ChristChurch in Finkin Street, Grantham, this month.
His title was Paintings and Poems, mixing the well known with the more obscure. The projected art prompted audience responses to questions which required both thought and personal interpretation. The poems were each about the individual pictures on the screen. A wide range was visited, from William Blake’s The Tyger, with the artwork done by the poet himself, to Rembrandt’s late self portrait alongside Elizabeth Jennings’ poem about his art. One of the most amusing examples was Uccello’s painting of George and the Dragon alongside UA Fanthorpe’s poem Not My Best Side, with the dragon, the rescued maiden and St George each saying what they really thought. Three readers helped bring the poems alive and Peter’s choice and presentation gave the series a good start, auguring well for following months.