DID YOU KNOW in Brazil the word Poet is a compliment?
Brazilians greet old and much loved friends with the endearment, hello my poet.
That says a lot about the country and its people, don’t you think? You can find out more if you have the chance to travel to Suffolk this weekend. Brazil’s most important literary festival, FLIP (Festa Literária Internaçional de Paraty) will be making its debut in the UK with FLIPSIDE – a vibrant mini-Flip of Brazilian literature, art, music and dance from October 4th to 6th 2013.
It will take place at Snape Maltings in Suffolk – home of Aldeburgh Festival founded by Benjamin Britten in the 1970s.
As with the inaugural FLIP festival 10 years ago, FlipSide 2013 will open with a tribute to the poet and lyricist Vinicius de Moraes and composer Antonio Carlos Jobim, who together created Bossa Nova.
Wish I could be there…I can’t and that’s all there is to it, but I could perhaps start copying the Brazilians. I’m notorious for calling everyone – no matter how inappropriate – darling. (Not a show business Darh-ling! but an ordinary, everyday darling. When I was a trade union official many years ago I once ended a tough telephone negotiation with a senior manager with the words:”Ok, bye darling…”)
I could replace darling with poet. Perhaps start with my little granddaughter and work my way down. What do you think? Would it catch on?