Louis de Bernières in Ely

Thursday 17th October 2013

  • Venue St Peter's Church, Broad Street, Ely, CB7 4AH
  • Doors open 7.10pm
  • Start time 7.30pm
Image of Louis de Bernières

Though best known for his novels, Louis de Bernières thinks of poetry as his original vocation. In Imagining Alexandria, his début poetry collection, he returns to his first literary love – the Greek poet C. P. Cavafy. Transporting us back to the vivid Mediterranean landscape of his novels, the poems survey matters historic, erotic and philosophical with a quintessentially British gaze. The collection is a delicate blend of melancholy, irony and desire, beautifully illustrated throughout with exquisite line drawings – the perfect homage to Cavafy, whose Collected Poems has stayed in de Bernières’ pocket ever since he was introduced to the work on a visit to Corfu in 1983. This will be a wonderful evening of readings and discussion about Greece, and will appeal just as much to admirers of Captain Corelli’s Mandolin as it will to poetry aficionados. Imagining Alexandria is a small jewel of a book, exposing a little-known string to de Bernières’ bow and shining a light on the great Alexandrian poet.