— Limelight (@LimelightArtsAu) June 10, 2021
PGH’s Sheiling Song (1932), a gorgeous portrait of a shepherd and his sheep, is a setting of an extract from Fiona MacLeod’s From the Hills of Dream. While it was likely a choice influenced by her teacher Fritz Hart, MacLeod’s interest in a mystic goddess can be seen in the poetry she wrote at school and later in her fascination with Robert Graves’s The White Goddess (1948), which she no doubt discussed with him when they met in 1956.
Fiona Macleod (William Sharp), Golden Dawn member, writer and mystic, wrote about a mysterious underworld goddess called ORCHIL (see ‘From the Hills of Dream’ 1896). Certain magical groups in the UK have been working with this goddess for many decades. pic.twitter.com/RNyQI44qhN
— Visio Smaragdina (@SmaragdinaVisio) June 15, 2020
Durrell visited PGH in her island home on Mykonos in the summer of 1963, when they were collaborating on her adaptation of his verse drama Sappho. Like him she was obsessed with islands. She visited many of the Greek ones—36 of them before she bought the house on Mykonos—but strangely there is little record of her visiting any more as a tourist after that. She did visit Lesbos during her researches on Sappho, and Chios to see Jani Christou, but there is no record to suggest she visited Santorini, the subject of a poem by Seferis that she admired. The one exception though was Delos, which was for her a sacred place. She sailed there in a caïque many times, one of them with Durrell and his wife Claude in 1963.
There are people who find islands somehow irresistible.— Durrell Society (@DurrellSociety) June 4, 2020
The mere knowledge that they are on an island, a little world surrounded by the sea, fills them with an indescribable intoxication.
— Lawrence Durrell on #islomanes#islomania
Ortelius (1584) pic.twitter.com/avcbXBeFr6
He’s a mad Irishman who’s never set foot in Ireland. He’s a short, stocky little man who — every time he goes swimming — prays softly into the waves, “Oh god please make me thin again.”— Durrell Society (@DurrellSociety) May 8, 2019
He’s better than his books.
— Peggy Glanville-Hicks, describing her friend Lawrence Durrell pic.twitter.com/c30Y8y70Xb