Val with Lindsey Kemp after his masterclass at RADA - May 2016

Val with Lindsay Kemp, RADA May 2016
Val and Lindsay Kemp ran a Summer workshop together in Todi, Italy. This happened because a dear friend of both of them brought them together for this work. His name is John Spradbery and he worked as Lindsay's Production Manager for many years, touring the world with Lindsay. Prior to this Val, John and Lindsay met in Edinburgh at the beginning of the 1970s and worked in the same building there together. Val was delighted to meet Lindsay and be invited to this RADA masterclass. We both miss John Spradbery, Val gave an address at his funeral 2 years ago.

Satish Kumar, Resurgence and Ecologist magazine event - March 2016

Picture Val took of Satish and his assistant Sharon at St James's Piccadilly.


Val was delighted to continue Live Lit Co's commitment to environmental issues when she joined Satish Kumar, Founder of Resurgence and Ecologist Magazine, for their special event at St James's Piccadilly in March.

Symposium: Tagore in modern times - March 31st 2016

The Nehru Centre, 8 South Audley St. London W1K 1HF.
The Cultural Wing of The High Commission of India.
March 31st 6.00 pm for 6.40 pm
Symposium: The relevance of Tagore in modern times
The Chair is the distinguished politician Clare Short
This symposium is the first of two to commemorate the Golden Jubilee anniversary of The Tagoreans, organisation that believes in Rabindranath Tagore’s philosophy of life and draws its inspiration from his creativity in various fields such as literature, music and art. The second symposium will be in September 2016.
We are living in a world beset with various threats to humanity with growing religious conflicts, political repression, poverty and environmental destruction. This event will focus on the importance of Tagore’s ideas and vision to meet these challenges and help to save humanity. Speakers:
  •  Dr John Stevens - Leverhulme Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Languages and        Cultures of South Asia, SOAS. The main focus of his research is historical, utilizing sources    in English and Bengali to promote the understanding of the histories of India and Britain.
  • Ragini Mohite - Postgraduate Research Student at the University of Leeds. Her thesis deals      with the early 20th century writings of Tagore and Yeats.
  • Valerie Doulton - Writer, Producer, Artistic Director of the Live literature Company. She          directed and produced William Radice’s translation of The Post Office.

Presented by the Tagoreans






Live Lit Co returns to Venice with Blake - February 8th 2016

Above image: The Divine Comedy, Beatrice & Dante, image by William Blake.

Venice, Italy – February 8th 2016 at 6pm. Talk on Blake followed by dinner.
At: Marina Militare Circulo Ufficiale ‘Adriano Foscari’, Fondamenta dell’Arsenale, Castello 2168, Venezia.

We began 2016 with one of our international events and a return to Italy where Val gave a talk to the Circolo Italo Britannico Venezia, on her staging of William Blake’s work, in particular Songs of Innocence and Experience. This included live readings of translations of Blake’s poems into Italian by great 20th Century Italian poet, Ungaretti. And music by John Tavener inspired by Blake. 

This is the first event we have staged in Italy since our tour of Bryon in Love to Verona, and it was delightful to be invited to return.