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An Evening of Stevie -

A dramatised presentation of Stevie Smith's poems, letters and writings

by Catherine Hawkes

Profits from this event will be donated to Heart Research UK


With The Berceuse from Faure’s ‘Dolly Suite’ played on piano by Alexei Knupffer.


Stevie Smith (1902 –1971), was an English poet and novelist. She won the Cholmondeley Award and was awarded the Queen's Gold Medal for Poetry.

Her most well known poem is “Not waving, but drowning”;.


Catherine Hawkes is an actress who is an admirer of Stevie Smith's work.


Here are a few of her quotes:


“All poetry has to do is to make a strong communication. All the poet has to do is listen. The poet is not an important fellow. There will also be another poet.”

“The sea was angry that day my friend, like an old man trying to send back soup at a deli.”

“Oh, no no no, it was too cold always (Still the dead one lay moaning) I was much too far out all my life And not waving but drowning.


https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poets/stevie-smith