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  • Support the Rimbaud and Verlaine Foundation
    Posted on Oct 3, 2016
    Now is the time to give the Foundation your support, and to help it to achieve its objective of promoting the arts and the important part they play in a tolerant and inclusive society. Please click on the button below to donate to the Foundation. If you believe that the arts and culture are important act now by supporting R&V, one of the UK’s most dynamic and innovative arts organisations.
  • Celebrating No. 8 - Heritage Perspectives
    Posted on Dec 16, 2015
    8 Royal College Street George Szirtes – Hungary, France and Royal College Street Could the Hungarian born award-winning poet George Szirtes be the first Hungarian to take an interest in Royal College Street since King Sigismund six centuries earlier? Sigismund came with French interests too, chronicled in Shakespeare’s Henry V. George Szirtes’s readings and poems, reinforced in discussions with Radio 3’s Donald Macleod, offered European perspectives and some answers. The flag-bedecked platform of Europe House provided a powerful visual focus.   Sigismund the King of Hungary, of the Roman…
  • Rimbaud and Verlaine embark on a journey
    Posted on Apr 8, 2014
    The poets Arthur Rimbaud and Paul Verlaine famously ran away together to London in 1872 where they lived for some time at No 8 Royal College Street in Camden (then Great College Street). Their famous journey is now, 143 years later, serving as the inspiration for another departure. The Rimbaud and Verlaine Foundation, created in 2011 to take advantage of the gift of No 8 in the current owner's Will, is embarking on its own journey to use the poets and their cultural legacy as the inspiration for a new arts organisation, promoting engagement with the arts and broadening horizons through cultura…
  • House of Knives - Director's Statement
    Posted on Mar 8, 2014
    The purpose of making this short film was to tell the story of the French poets Arthur Rimbaud and Paul Verlaine and in particular to explain the importance of their connection with the house at No 8 Royal College Street in Camden, where they lived for a few creative and turbulent months in 1873. For me it was therefore important that the house itself should be a character in the film. It appears in the opening shot, and is the scene of most of the action. One of the things that I am most pleased with is the way in which we convincingly blended the exterior shots of the house (filmed at the re…