You may remember from an earlier post my announcement about joining the Guild of St George, an organization inspired by John Ruskin and committed to sustaining the environment, traditional crafts, and more. I am particularly interested in their work regarding Venice, and I’m excited to share with you their upcoming series of events. Read on for this message from the Guild:
Booking is now open for VOICES FROM VENICE, the sequence of four monthly readings from Ruskin’s writings about Venice, being hosted by the Guild between December 2021 and March 2022, culminating in a one-day public conference on 2 April 2022. The readings have been conceived by Peter Burman and Clive Wilmer and a wonderful roster of other speakers. Follow the links below to access full details of each Reading on Eventbrite, where you can reserve your free place(s). Do please share news of these with anyone you think would be interested; the more the merrier.
Friday 10 December 2021 5.30pm (UK time)
APPROACHING ST MARK’S
Readers Clive Wilmer & Peter Burman
Introduced by Peter Burman
Friday 7 January 2022 5.30pm (UK time)
THE TWO BOYHOODS
Readers Arjun Jain & Anastasia Dowluru
Introduced by Mark Cleaver
Friday 11 February 2022 5.30pm (UK time)
ST GEORGE AND THE DRAGON
Readers Michelle Lovric & Joseph Mydell
Introduced by Mark Frost
Friday 11 March 2022 5.30pm (UK time)
WHY HAVEN’T WE A DUCAL PALACE OF OUR OWN IN SHEFFIELD?
Readers Emma Sdegno & Geraldine Ludbrook
Introduced by Rachel Dickinson
Venice is wealthy in so many ways – the diversity of its inhabitants, its architectural and artistic treasures, its gardens and its food culture, its location in the precious ecosystem of the lagoon, its strong craft traditions – yet many pressures combine to make the lives of the resident community difficult to sustain and moreover put the cultural and social heritage of Venice at risk. A new kind of thoughtful tourism (such as Ruskin himself practised) is needed – gentle, slow and sustainable. A new kind of economic system is also needed, one that respects the fact that Venice is a living community rather than a stage set for visitors; and one that resets the damaging over-exploitation of the earth’s resources and provides for a more sustainable future for the city and the Venetian Lagoon. Before the end of the year we will share more details about the one day online conference, which will feature a wide diversity of voices, to be held on 2 April 2022.
Some of the speakers at the conference will be familiar voices, as they wrote for my 2020 anthology Venice Rising: Aqua Granda, Pandemic, Rebirth. I’ll keep you posted as the list becomes available.