Orange Night – the poetry of Carol Dine, the artworks of Samuel Bak

orange-nightThe Sayle Gallery is delighted to announce a very special guest at an event on Friday 18th July. The evening will begin at 7.30pm, at the Gallery on Harris Promenade, with doors opening at 7pm. No charge will be made for attending, though donations are – as ever – very welcome.

Carol Dine is a Jewish American poet and writer who has published work to tremendous critical acclaim. Among other things, she’s the author of a volume of poems inspired by Van Gogh’s drawings – which she wrote after being allowed to see and handle these artworks at the Kröller Müller Museum in Oterloo in Holland. Other works include a book about her successful struggle against cancer, which has a preface by Norman Mailer. Carol lives in Boston, Masachussetts, and is related to the renowned American artist Jim Dine.

Carol’s latest work is a volume of poems entitled “Orange Night”, in which she draws inspiration from the work of the renowned Jewish artist and Holocaust survivor Samuel Bak, and it is from this that she will be reading to us on the 18th. We will also be showing slides of the works by Samuel Bak which inspired her.

Samuel Bak’s work is suffused with allusions to the Shoah and to the idea of ‘Jewishness’ – an intense experience, as having been born in Vilna, he was one of only a few hundred survivors, from some 70,000 Jews murdered by Nazis and Lithuanians . His work has been exhibited widely internationally, including in some major German Museums. As a witness to the Holocaust, his work is powerful and thought provoking – and Carol Dine’s sensitive poetry is a poignant route in to understanding it.

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