Record Number: 29807
'Meeting held at Oakdene, Northcourt Avenue 15. I. 35.
Sylvanus Reynolds in the Chair
1. Minutes of last read & approved.
5. It was with a great pleasure to the club to welcome back Charles and Katherine Evans, who with the latter’s brother Samuel Bracher, came to entertain us with their programme of “Bees in Music and Literature.”
6. Charles Evans opened with an introduction that gave us an outline of the bee’s life.[...]
7. We next listened to a record of Mendelssohn’s “Bee’s Wedding.”
8. Samuel Bracher gave a longish talk on Bees and the Poets. He classified the poems as Idyllic, Scientific or Philosophical, and Ornamental; by quoting a great variety of works including lines from Shakespeare, K. Tynan Hickson, Pope, Thompson, Evans, Alexander, Tennyson, & Watson, he showed an amazing knowledge of the Poets. [...]
9. Charles Evans then spoke on Maeterlinck and Edwardes.
10. Charles Stansfield read Martin Armstrong’s Honey Harvest.
11. Another gramophone record gave us Rimsky-Korsakov’s “Flight of the Bumble Bee”
12. Katherine Evans read from Victoria Sackville-West’s “Bees on the Land”. Some of the lines were of very great beauty, & much enjoyed.
13 H. M Wallis then read an extract from the Testament of Beauty, concerning Bees. But he & all of us found Robert Bridges, at that hour in a warmish room, too difficult, and he called the remainder of the reading off.
14. A general discussion was the permitted, and members let themselves go.'
15 Jan 1935Country:
specific address: Oakdene, Northcourt Avenue
silent aloud unknown
solitary in company unknown
single serial unknown
solitary reactive unknown
single serial unknown
Reader / Listener / Reading Group:Reader:
UnknownDate of Birth:
Professional / academic / merchant / farmerOccupation:
QuakerCountry of Origin:
n/aCountry of Experience:
EnglandListeners present if any:
e.g family, servants, friends
Members of the XII Book Club
Text Being Read:Author:
[Lines of verse concerning bees]Genre:
Poetry, Natural historyForm of Text:
Source Information:Record ID:
XII Book Club Minute Book, Vol. 3 (1931-1938)Location:
private collectionCall No:
Victor Alexander, XII Book Club Minute Book, Vol. 3 (1931-1938), private collection, 121–128, http://www.open.ac.uk/Arts/reading/UK/record_details.php?id=29807, accessed: 23 May 2013
The reader is presumably the Samuel Veale (or Vale) Bracher (fl. 1898–1923), Quaker journalist and author of a number of books, involved with the Whiteway Colony in Stroud, mentioned in Sharon Butler, Bert Bundy and Peggy Bundy, Feminist Review, No. 30 (Autumn, 1988), pp. 25-35; and in R. C. S. Trahair, Utopias and Utopians: an historical dictionary (Greenwood Publishing Group, 1999), p. 46.
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