“The White Goddess from Cambridge”

Jacquetta Hawkes and Robert Graves, Mallorca, September 1950

Jacquetta Hawkes and Robert Graves, Mallorca, September 1950

“The White Goddess from Cambridge: Jacquetta Hawkes and Robert Graves” will be the title of a lecture by Dr Christine Finn, biographer of Jacquetta Hawkes and Writer-Fellow at the University of Bradford.  The lecture will be part of the 10th International Robert Graves Conference, which is held 6-10 July 2010 in Mallorca, Spain, where Graves lived from 1929 until his death.

Jacquetta and Robert Graves were in contact from the 1940s.  Both poets, both fascinated by myth and the classical world, they would have had much to discuss.  In 1950, after lecturing to the International Archaeology Congress, she visited him and his family in Deya, Mallorca.  She took her son Nicolas with her.  The Jacquetta Hawkes Archive includes a letter from Graves to Jacquetta about the practicalities of the visit, taxis and so on.  Dr Finn will be retracing their journey as much as possible on her way to the conference.


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