Mark Forsyth

The magic of words: with MARK FORSYTH (‘Etymologicon’), plus composer, pianist and storyteller Lola Perrin and more

The magic of words:  with MARK FORSYTH ('Etymologicon'), plus composer, pianist and storyteller Lola Perrin and more

24 Jun 2013

7:30 pm11:00 pm

The Magic of Words: Exploring the wizardy of words with MARK FORSYTH (‘Etymologicon’ & ‘Horologicon’), with fun and games and erudition. Artists including brilliant composer and pianist Lola Perrin explore the power of words in music, while Anne Chmelewsky shows just how a man in search of a good wife must find the right words. And magical tales of the Sundarbans are told without words in the Bengali story of Bonbibi from Culturepot Global.



“Mark Forsyth is a passionate, self-described pedant when it comes to the English language — but his detailed knowledge of history has given him a common-sense approach to its “proper” use. He is an author, blogger, journalist, proofreader and ghostwriter. He can be found dispelling the grammar myths we were all taught in his popular blog, the Inky Fool. His (best-selling) book The Etymologicon takes “a circular stroll through the hidden connections of the English language” by history of one word or phrase with each chapter.” (TED) His follow-up Horologicon was if anything even more intriguing. Now he is attempting to scale the heights of the perfect sentence in The Pinnacle of Parnassus.





Lola Perrin is a composer, pianist, publisher and contributor to International Piano magazine. She has appeared on Radio 3 Jazz Line Up, Radio 4 Science Matters and local BBC radio stations, at the First International Conference of Minimalist Music, Bangor and in 2011 played her USA debut at Women in the Arts, St Louis Missouri. 

Lola has performed extensively in the UK in recent years at venues including the Design Museum, London’s Jazz Café, Latitude Festival, Henham Park, 2010 and the London Jazz Festival. In 2011 she played a seven date concert series hosted by Markson Pianos dedicated to her eight piano suites.
 She has worked on spoken word and music collaborations with author Hanif Kureishi, writer broadcaster Mihir Bose, poet Sue Hubbard, natural history filmmaker Paul Williams, geologist Dr Adam Maloof, neuroscientist Dr Martin Coath, and collaborated with filmmakers Phil Maxwell/Hazuan Hashim, The Gray Circle, Roberto Battista, Eirik Evjen, John Bryson and Vincent Buller.


Piano with the generous help of Markson Pianos:





Bonbibi is the female spirit of the Sundarbans, Bangladesh’s great mangrove forest, in this excerpt from a delightful show from Culturepot Global, that mixes puppetry, silhouettes, dance and traditional Bengali singing. It tells the story of how Bonbibi restores harmony in the forest after the demon tiger goes on the rampage after man’s greed threatens the Sundarbans well-being.

Singer Sohini Alam is a British Bangladeshi vocalist whose musical repertoire includes folk, patriotic, modern and traditional Bengali songs who sings with band Khiyo and Lokkhi Terra.

Writer Leesa Gazi was the script-interpreter in the 2012 Globe to Globe festival at the Globe Theatre on ‘The Tempest’ and hosts a weekly live-phone-in show on Bangla TV UK.

Guitarist Oliver Weeks is a composer whose music has been played by the London Philharmonic, His interest in South Asian music has led him to form the Asian fusion band Khiyo as well as many other projects.




Anne Chmelewsky is a London-based composer and writer, who trained at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and the Royal College of Music. She specialises in Film / TV Music… and operettas. Her opera ‘The Looking Screen’, is a one-woman comedy about social networking.  After selling out its previews across London, the show was premiered at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in August 2012, and has since been performed at the Bush Theatre as part of Radar Festival. The Looking Screen was performed on the 31st of January 2013 at Kings Place, London.

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