Happy Valentine's Day
Tom Payne, left, with Headmaster Chris Davis
Sherborne's Writer in Residence and English teacher, Tom Payne, was interviewed this morning on the Today Programme on the day of publishing his latest book - a translation of Ovid's 'Ars Amatoria' (The Art of Love).
"The ancient Romans didn't have Valentine's Day, but if they had, the Latin poet Ovid would have been the perfect guide to it. He wrote his comprehensive guides for lovers, The Art of Love and The Cures for Love, between 2BC and AD2. His elegant verse tells men and, eventually, more briefly, women, everything they need to know about finding a lover, staying in a relationship, and, if it should go sour, how to pull yourself together."
Tom is also a literary critic for the Telegraph.
Posted: Monday, February 14, 2011