Court seems to have been a tremendous success-particularly from the Catholic publishers' point of view.
They played a considerable part in the fair's success. In fact the discussion on the Vatican Council. which they organised in the theatre, was among the best attended events of the fortnight, though there were many other good ones.
On the panel were Neil Middleton, of Shced and Ward; John M. Todd, of Darton, Longman and Todd; Tom Burns, of Burns Oates; and Patricia De Trafford, of Geoffrey Chapman.
Representing the author's side were the Abbot of Downside, Dom Christopher Butler; Fr. Torn Corbishley, S.J.; Hugo Meynell, and Fr. Bernard Critchley.
Plans to hold a book fair every two years are now being considered, but there is a problem: Earls Court is fully booked up for the next couple of years, so it looks as if another venue will have to be found.
Light on Hampton Court I AM reminded this week of the fascinating history of the Palace of Hampton Court. To quote Christopher Ede, who is responsible for the production of the latest Son et Luntiere there, its early beginnings are woven around "family affairs" —those of Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn.
Christopher Ede has brought splendid music and fanfares by John Hotchkiss into his production, and John Mortimer has provided an excellent script. With the voices of Dorothy Tutin, John Neville and Michael Harden, audiences are assured of a delightful evening.
The production, over the next three months, is in aid of the Lady Hoare Thalidomide Appeal and is sponsored by the London Tourist Board.
A dominant figure in the story is, of course, Cardinal Wolsey, who obtained the lease of the palace from the Order of St. John and built the splendid edifice to which we today are the heirs.
Sunday Break THERE will be some religious songs with a difference on the "Sunday Break" television programme of July 5. Singing them will be a young AngloFrench ex-cabaret artiste, Annette Battams.
Her songs have titles like "Christians Awake" (in tango
time), "So Confused, My God, So Confused" and "Song to the Creator". She describes them as "songs of commitment".
At her mews house near Marble Arch, London, she told me: "I was talking to music publishers about the need for this kind of song five years ago. But they told me I would have to wait for 30 years. Now it has come".
Among Miss flatirons' many compositions is an English "Mass for Young People", with pop-song style and an original approach to the problems of translation. An excerpt from the Creed. set to boogie tempo, reads: "So He did live for us, so lie was sent among us. born of Mother Mary. a Man to lead mankind, and so for us He suffered pain and crucifixion, and so did we let Him suffer",
I think we shall be hearing a lot more or Annette Battams after her July 5 television appearance.
Polyphonic venture I F any readers of this column
have a tenor horn or a trombone to sell, or loan, Fr. D. Britt-Compton. headmaster of St. Edmund's College, Old Hall Green, Ware, Herts., would be glad to hear from them.
The college's Corps of Drums. I am told, urgently needs these instruments for a polyphonic venture.
The Corps of Drums, incidentally, was founded as long as 30 years ago—by Mr. J. H. W. King, who commanded the college O.T.C. (later the Combined Cadet Force) and trained the drum and bugle band.
This Sunday, when some 2,000 Girl Guides from Westminster and Southwark march from the Mall to Westminster Cathedral for their annual service. the Corps of Drums will provide the music in partnership with she London Oratory School.
Challenge to Yorkshire THERE'S an old dilapidated hut in the village of Many, Sierra Leone, which I think presents a direct challenge to the Catholics of Boston Spa and Tadcaster in Yorkshire—in fact to all Yorkshire people anywhere.
The old hut, with a ricketty iron roof and broken wooden steps, used to be a store.
Now it is the parish church of Mano where Tadcaster-horn Fr. Edward Carrick, a Holy Ghost Father, says Mass for his growing congregation. On a tree outside hangs an old iron girder — the church "bell".
Fr. Carrick, whose family moved from Tadcaster to Boston Spa, was ordained just 25 years ago, and will be celebrating his silver jubilee in October. His ambition is to build a church for the people of Man. But this will cost £3,000, and he hasn't a hope of raising the money on the spot.
Fr. Henry Parkinson. Provincial of the English Pro vince, visited Mano recently. and asked me on
his return if
CATHOLIC HERALD readers could help. What about it, Yorkshire? Offerings can be sent
direct to Fr.
Parkinson at 6 Woodlands Road, Bickley. Bromley, Kent.
All tastes RCHBISHOP Cardinale. the Apostolic Delegate to Great Britain, was mingling with all kinds at the Fishmongers Hall, London Bridge. last week. Among the 200 guests were the Anglican Bishop of London. the Countess of Ross and Bishop Virvos (Greek Orthodox).
The occasion was a wine-tasting party organised by the Church of England Children's Society, and everyone, had an opportunity to taste some 36 wines—six from each of six wine firms.
It was discovered, however, that Italian born-and-bred Archbishop Cardinale does not drink wine.
But there was no flapping around with an orange or tomato juice. The archbiship eventually settled for a Noillcy Prat, with soda.
Morris West project ACLOSE friend of the Australian Catholic writer Morris West tells me that talks have started with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer for the filming of
The Shoes of the Fisherman, West's latest novel.
The book, which is built on the question of what happens to a 20th century man when he is crowned Pope, has sold 350,000 copies since June last year. The publishers expect it to enjoy the success ultimately that West's earlier book, The Devil's Advocate, is enjoying (over two million world sale).
The nature of the narrative presents difficulties that the film men will find hard to overcome, but West, I am told, has lots of ideas for solving this.
He has been scouring Rome for fatherly advice from certain prelates, prior to flying off to New York to work out final plans for the film.
Making headlines „ a reception given in Lam beth Palace by the Archbishop of Canterbury and Mrs. Ramsey for leaders of the Orthodox churches, a puzzled reporter was heard asking who exactly Metropolitan Athenagores of Thiatiron was.
It was explained to him that the archbishop was the leader of the Greek Orthodox Church in Britain —"from the Metropolitan in Bayswater". (The speaker was referring to the Greek Metropolitan Cathedral.)
Back came the hesitant query, "Is that the Central or District Line station?".
Box office winner AMERICANS, it seems, are taking to Thomas a. Becket in a big way.
A coast-to-coast survey in America puts the film Becket among this current top ten cinema box office hits.
11 be heartening news for many. Peter Glenville, who directed the film and earned great praise from our film critic for making such a wonderful job of this chapter from our Catholic past, was for ten years a pupil at Stonyhurst, the Jesuit college in Lancashire.
After a spell at Oxford, he went on to direct such brilliant stage and film successes as The Browning
of the homeless scugnizzi of Naples, is certainly getting around. A news letter just received from his organising secretary in Scotland tells me he has had a meeting with her Royal highness Princess Grace of Monaco.
The Princess and Fr. Borrelli had a long conversation about the Naples' House of Urchins. It turned out that Princess Grace has connections with several charities working for neglected and hungry
Version, The Innocents, Separate Tables, The
Cinema audiences in most parts of Britain will have to wait, how. ever, for the Becket success. It is still drawing the crowds in the West End, and will remain there exclusively, I am told, for some time.
Those who have seen the film will recognise, in the picture above, Richard Burton and Peter O'Toole in a scene from Becket. Both have been highly praised for their acting. in Britain as well as America.
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