March 19 Saturday.

David Graves came in morning and there was talk all day – he is going to the Continent1 & is also thinking about what to read at the University etc.
Then tea Harry & Alix (Alan & Beryl & a person called 'Pina?' a German refugee.) then David again & Len & Jane & Harry & Alix again. I got hysterically over-tired. Len was talking about a subject for his 3-minute G.P.O. Film, and we making suggestions.
Adler picture back with its frame painted ivory.
Alan & Beryl's black kitten died of flu.

Editorial Notes

1i.e. Europe eds.

Hands Referenced

    • Annotation: ink correction of enclosure letter
    • Character: regular
    • Ink: black

People Mentioned

  • Len

    Lye, Len
    New Zealand painter, sculptor, and filmmaker whom LR & RG had met in London. He helped with the Seizin Press publications. WG; married to Jane Lye, son Bix. eds.
  • Alan

    Hodge, Alan
    Oxford history graduate. Became close friends with LR & RG. First husband of Beryl Graves. CP & WG
  • Beryl

    Pritchard, Beryl
    daughter of Harry and Amy Pritchard, R.G.'s second wife. Formerly married to Alan Hodge. Robert and Beryl had four children: William, Lucia, Juan and Tomas. eds
  • Harry Kemp

    Kemp, Harry
    Poet. Met Graves and Riding through James Reeves in August 1936, just after their arrival in England. In their previous correspondence, Riding had been intrigued by his falling-out with Communism. He became associated with their circle, collaborating on various projects. (RPG 248-49)
  • Alix Kemp

    Kemp, Alix
    Married to poet Harry Kemp. The couple shared a house with Graves and Riding in Ewhurst, Surrey (1937). eds (RPG 277); also referred to as Frau Eierman by RG eds. see Diary August 30, 1936
  • David

    Graves, David
    R.G.'s second child [by Nancy Nicholson]. W.G. In RAF; killed in the war. The only one of Graves' children who might have become a poet had he lived. K.G., eds.
  • Jane

    Lye, Jane
    Married to New Zealand artist/ film-maker Len Lye; son Bix Lye. Friends with R.G. and L.R. Visited Graves and Riding in Majorca (1930), where Jane provided secretarial assistance. eds (RPG 138).
  • Yankel Adler

    Adler, Yankel
    (1895-1949) a Polish refugee painter KG; supported and promoted socially by RG and LR eds.

Organizations Mentioned

  • G.P.O. Film Unit

    G.P.O. Film Unit
    located in the General Post Office buildings, this organization pioneered the short film and documentary genres in London in the 1930s eds.