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Beowulf and FitzGerald meet in Woodbridge on 31st March 2019

January 23, 2019

Charles Mugleston has sent us details of a Rubaiyat related event in which he will be participating.  This will be in Woodbridge, Suffolk, on Sunday 31st March 2019.  As well as celebrating Mothering Sunday this year, the event will mark the 210th anniversary of Edward FitzGerald’s birth.

Some details (including about how to obtain tickets) and an explanation of how the event links Beowulf and FitzGerald are given below.  It should be an interesting and enjoyable afternoon.  


A Beowulf Event for Mothering Sunday

– Journey into the Light of Love


This will be an afternoon Tea to celebrate Mothering Sunday and the birth of Edward FitzGerald, Woodbridge’s own poet who was born March 31st 1809 and who became famous by translating The Rubaiyat.  There will be a Persian love cake, a special Tea blend, a rose for every lady and wonderful theatrical readings of The Rubaiyat by our special guest Charles Mugleston .

The origins of this event lie in the Omar Khayyam ( Persian) rose that is in Woodbridge’s own town crest (see right).  This year the Spirit of Beowulf Festival is concentrating on Journeys, and the organisers of the festival are tracing the ‘journey’ this rose took from Persia to Woodbridge.

It is with great pleasure that we invite Charles Mugleston, an expert on the life of Edward FitzGerald and the Rubaiyat to come and speak at this event.  From him we shall hear how the rose came to be in our town crest as well as learning about our famous Woodbridge poet, Edward Fitzgerald.

More information and tickets for the event can be obtained via the following link .

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  1. Charles Mugleston permalink
    January 23, 2019 2:19 pm

    THANK you – as Giovanni used to say on Strictly Come Dancing


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