What People Say
As I whispered in your ear on the last evening of
the Bowles celebration in Lisbon, after your marvelous performance of
Bowles songs: This experience was transformative for me. It was as though
the work I've done on Bowles the past two decades finally caught up with
me. I enjoyed seeing people I've known before, and making new friends
from all corners of the world. The celebration showcased Bowles's multifaceted
talent, with discussions of his literary and musical work, performances
of his music, and films on his life and work. And the backdrop--Lisbon--was
splendid. I fell a bit in love with the place and have become obsessed
with Fernando Pessoa!
Thank you for orchestrating this fantastic event, and giving me a small
part to play.
Middle Tennessee State University, USA
Author of “Paul Bowles Magic and Morocco”, Studies in Short
Fiction Series - Paul Bowles, etc
"Do You Bowles" was a fabulous and unique event, one that I
believe would even
have astounded Bowles, himself. The quality of scholarship was absolutely
first rate, the creative performances of a rare and fine caliber, and
constant sharing of ideas among the participants, both inside and outside
the university, was truly wonderful.
I hope this was what you were looking for. It's certainly true! Again,
so much for all your hard work in putting this all together.
Kadir Has University, TR
Author of the first biography of PB “Invisible Spectator”
To celebrate Paul Bowles' 100 birthday, Anabela Duarte put together a
stunning array of academics, filmmakers and musicians. The conference
"Do You Bowles?" elicited interesting topics of Bowlesiana -
conversations and discussions of Bowles and Modernism, Bowles viewed through
Moroccan eyes, Bowles as composer.
Special highlights included the reconstruction of a thought-to-be-lost
short film of an adaptation of the PB’ short story "You Are
Not I" and excerpts from Karim Debbagh's documentary.
Perhaps one of the most meaningful and well-presented aspects of the event
was the exhibition of Paul and Jane Bowles photographs, books, notebooks,
scores, various personal items beautifully curated and presented by University
of Delaware's Tim Murray and Francis Poole and coordinated by Anabela
The 3 day event, which culminated in a wonderful concert including solo
piano music, (António Rosado), a recreation of some of the Sheltering
Sky soundtrack ( Richard Horowitz) and a song recital with Anabela Duarte,
program organizer and myself, executor to the Bowles music estate, was
a highpoint and a befitting finale to the celebration.
Musical executor of Paul Bowles’ estate
University of California Santa Cruz, USA
Anabela: kudos and thanks for organizing such a brilliant festival/conference
in Lisbon on Paul Bowles. And then singing so beautifully in front of
us all to end the festival. I so enjoyed meeting you (and your colleagues
and friends) and all the others you had gathered in Lisbon. Hoping to
see you again soon. Many many thanks!
Brian T. Edwards
Northwestern University, USA
Author of “Morocco Bound”
Anabela Duarte and the University of Lisbon should be proud of hosting
a fantastic Centenary celebration in honor of the American writer and
composer, Paul Bowles. It was a thrill to be invited to work with the
University of Lisbon Library in collaborating on the Paul Bowles Centenary
Exhibition. The screening of Sara Driver's film, You Are Not I, at the
Portuguese Cinematheque was another wonderful experience. The final night's
musical performance was superb. Bravo!
Head, Film and Video Collection
University of Delaware Library
Anabela Duarte and her colleagues at the University of Lisbon did a remarkable
job with the “Do You Bowles Conference.” It had a diverse
range of participants and events and was one of the best conferences I’ve
attended. I’m particularly pleased that the University of Delaware
was able to collaborate with our colleagues at the University of Lisbon.
Kudos to all!
Head, Special Collections
University of Delaware Library
I've been meaning to write you and thank you for the incredible time at
the conference. What an amazing group of people you and your small team
put together! It was a wonderfully refreshing experience and so nice to
be in the world of academics instead of the film festival world! Also
enjoyed hearing their very unique and literary point of view on the film
and the story. I had never heard many of their comments and insights into
the film before.
It was great too to discuss their various experiences meeting and spending
time with Paul. One of the academics came up to me at the end and said,"Usually
these conferences are just a lot of dry boring papers. But at this conference
we had papers, exhibition, films and music! It was great!"
You set up a tremendously nourishing environment.
Everyone felt very good and inspired at the end of the conference.
A very powerful force - the writing and music of Paul Bowles, joining
a bunch of oddballs together in exotic Kafkaesque Lisbon.
Thank you for your vision and organization.
Also thank you for your voice!
Film Director and Producer, USA
Director of the rediscovered film You Are Not I, based on a Paul Bowles
Thank you for taking the initiative to create a centenniel celebration
of Paul Bowles' art. As you know, Paul kept a respectful distance from
academia. That said, he would have appreciated the care and critical expertise
exhibited at the conference. As you know, during his life he vacillated
between the worlds of the very well known and the willful outsider, a
cult figure never quite knowing whether or not his work was praised for
the right reasons. I believe he would have enjoyed the attention from
this fine group of artists, writers, and scholars.
For my part, I am pleased to have been invited alongside my colleagues.
The conference was a reunion with old friends as well as a meeting point
for many I have known only through reputation and gossip. I especially
appreciated the attention to Paul's craft in music, the glorious performances,
and Lisbon as a Bowles location.
School of Visual Arts in New York, USA
Director of the documentary “The Complete Outsider”
hi anabela sorry i missed you after the concert i had to meet with some
friends who i invited who came to the show as they were driving me to
tangier today. thanks for every thing it all ended up to be a deep and
very touching experience. all these brilliant people dedicated to paul's
and you sounded just like 1945!
Co-composer of the Sheltering Sky film music
DEAR Anabela Duarte and the University of Lisbon,
Thanks a lot for the very warm welcome and the very nice and interesting
event “Do You Bowles?” you have created and which you have
greatly organized and made it to a success. I must say that it was my
first visit to Portugal and to Lisbon; the chance you gave me participating
in this unforgettable event has left and will leave a great impact and
a sweet memory to you all and to Lisbon.
I am very grateful
Film producer, author of “Paul Bowles: Creating a Legend”
I hope you've had chance to recover! Thank-you so very much for organizing
such a great program of events, and for being so friendly, approachable,
patient and helpful when I know you were having to work so hard to hold
everything together. Please pass on my gratitude and best wishes to Herminia,
Isabel, Maria and all the panel chairs whose emails I completely failed
University of Kent, UK
I am happy I participated in such a successful event. My special thanks
go to you, Anabela, for the tremendous effort that went into the conference
to make it a real success. Many thanks are due to the whole organizing
committee whose hard work, amiability and friendliness are noteworthy.
The high quality of the conference derives from the excellent papers and
discussions. This is a conference that brought together interesting scholars
from the four continents, America, Europe, Africa, and Asia. All of them
interested in Paul Bowles' work which leaves no single genre or form as
a summation of his achievement. As a result, various aspects of Bowles'
work were discussed: novels, short stories, auto/biography, photography,
music and films. All this, along with the screening of Sara Driver's film,
You Are Not I, at the Portuguese Cinematheque, the Friday night dinner
and spectacular concert, make the conference in Lisbon a special event
and offer friendships I will treasure after this conference has faded
from memory. Thank you so much.
Ibnou Zohr University, Morocco
First and foremost I wish to thank you for a wonderful conference and
experience, the balance between music and text and person worked very
well. You and all the organizers and assistants made this a very special
experience. And to add to it all, Lisbon is such a wonderful city to be
Independent author and artist, ES
I should have been one of the first candidates. I sent the abstract to
Anabela early in April. I wanted to participated in this PB’ conference
desperately. And in fact,
I really enjoyed it very much. First I met an old friend of mine, Allen
Hibbard and made friends with other participants, Richard Horovitz, Regina
Weinreich from NY, Benjamine Heal from UK, Bouchra Benlemlih from Morocco,Greg
Bevan from Japan, and many others. Secondly, I learned a lot multiple
aspects of PB from Ashley Pribyl and other participants and guests of
the field of musicology.
Thanks a lot to all professors and personnel from ULICES/CEAUL for your
Meiji University, Japan
I very much enjoyed the conference, though I've never been to Portugal
before and had faced a harrowing flight problem. There were only two events
I went to aside from my panel: one, the movies on Friday evening, which
I thought were remarkable and ambitiously poetic; two, the Saturday panel
before mine, where Dr. Tharaud gave his presentation. I especially liked
the panel after the films with Karim, Sara, Francis and Anabela: there
is an enormous opportunity for writing about Morocco outside the interpretations
of Paul alone, for example.
Florida Memorial University, USA
Being part of the Paul Bowles Centennial Conference has been a great and
experience, both academically and personally. I would like to thank the
Conference Committee for preparing an event that will remain imprinted
in memory. The Conference has proved a unique opportunity to exchange
ideas and thoughts on Paul Bowles and his life and oeuvre; moreover, it
has brought close scholars, authors and artists whose lives have all been
shaped, one way or another, by the Event’s eminent Patron. The fusion
of personalities, interests and creative perspectives of the Participants
has moulded a patchwork of approaches to Paul Bowles which – when
blended and digested during the Conference’s intense days –
produce a polyphony of voices that Bowles himself I dare say would be
glad to hear.
University of Wroclaw, Poland
The conference was wonderful. I thought the quality was consistently high,
and in some instances -- Sawyer-Laucanno's presentation, and Horowitz's
performance at the Oriental Museum -- spectacular. The Friday night dinner
was also a high point, although it resulted in sparse attendance at my
presentation the next morning! Part of the reason for the quality of the
conference was that it was highly specialized, so that there were a lot
of people with a good deal of knowledge about Bowles. As a result, not
only were the papers good, but the discussions were excellent as well.
I really appreciate all your hard work that went into the conference --
the results were impressive -- and you were talented and charming as well!
University of Istanbul, TR
Editor of “Bowles, Beats, Tangier” (w/ Allen Hibbard &
This wonderful conference brought together scholars and artists, leading
figures in Paul Bowles scholarship and enthusiasts of Bowles’ work.
Attendees and speakers from near and far compared expertise and exchanged
views, discussing vigorously all aspects pertaining to the Centennial
and creating a general feeling of both continuity and renewal. The program
was rich, varied and rewarding; the whole Conference Committee deserves
the highest praise for all their efforts to make “Do You Bowles”
a most satisfying event. The Conference, quite simply, was a resounding
Prof. Dr. Zbigniew Bialas,
University of Silesia, Poland
First, let me say thank you for all of your hard work that made the conference
a worthwhile experience for those of us who attended. Second, I must tell
you that I enjoyed the concert very much and thought it was a terrific
end to the weekend of sessions. Congratulations on the conference and
The Paul Bowles Centennial was a completely full conference of inspiring
speakers and presentations. Highlights of the conference were talks by
Allen Hibbard, Irene Herrmann, Brian T. Edwards, and Christopher Sawyer-Laucanno.
The conference brought academics who had studied Bowles’s work together
with friends of the writer who had great personal insight into the life
and persona of the man. The film screenings were quite enlightening. The
concert of music composed by Bowles was a delightful part of the whole.
The participants at the conference were truly representative of the entire
world so that it was an international experience. The Centennial greatly
exceeded my expectations.
Thank you so much!
Carole C. Blankenship,
DMA,Assistant Professor of Music
My congratulations to the organizers of this Conference. I wish to highlight
of activities, the high level of the participants in Plenary Sessions
and Panels, and the
good organization. The music performances, the films at the Cinematheque,
exhibition were all wonderful. Finally, it was a pleasant surprise to
capacity as an organizer and her performance as a talented soprano. Thanks
Carmelo Medina Casado.
University of Jaen
Malaga - ES
"Do You Bowles?" exceeded my considerable expectations. It was
a very stimulating and demanding three days, but the high quality of the
presentations and the multidisciplinary scope of the conference kept me
from ducking out early (which is saying something, since this was my first
trip to beautiful Lisbon). I feel part of a Bowles scholarship community
like never before. I only wish I could be there for the Bicentennial.
Fukuoka University, Japan
I would like to thank you again for the extraordinary Do you Bowles? conference.
This really unique experience was the motivation for many new creative
thoughts. All the interesting announcements, the friendly atmosphere,
the beautiful city of Lisbon and the aura of Paul Bowles through the researches
and studies of his followers were an exceptional and truly spiritual adventure.
Congratulations for one more time and I hope that we will have the opportunity
to meet again in the future!
University of Peloponnese-Greece
Dear Anabela -
Thanks for such an interesting, intellectual experience. I have been curious
about Bowles's music and short fiction but never had the gumption to study
them on my own, but after the conference I feel much better equipped.
I also am glad to have had the opportunity to deliver my paper to such
a scholarly group and also to hear scholars both new and established present
their ideas on Bowles. With such a strong turnout, I wonder if the University
would sponsor a conference every year or every two years? There is plenty
of work to be done on this important author.
Polytechnic Institute of NYU
Que boas notícias, Anabela!
(…) fico muito contente pelo grande sucesso do colóquio,
que é realmente merecedor de todos os excelentes elogios que lhe
foram e continuam a ser dirigidos. MUITOS PARABÉNS!
A sua actuação no último dia no museu do oriente
foi de facto uma grande revelação para todos os participantes
tendo valorizado muitíssimo o evento. Além disso, adorei
particularmente aquela "música das esferas" que recriou
muito bem o cenário do filme tendo-nos transportado como por magia
para o deserto do Saara. MUITO BOM!
Beijinhos de parabéns renovados,
M. Antónia Lima
Universidade de Évora
Cara Anabela Duarte,
Desde já agradeço o e-mail e aproveito para dizer que gostei
muito do Colóquio porque me permitiu contactar com pessoas muito
interessantes e ficar a conhecer a obra de Bowles em profundidade. O ambiente
foi muito descontraído mas sério, do ponto de vista académico
e o programa muito completo.
Universidade de Lisboa – FLUL
Mais uma vez os meus parabéns pela organização do
congresso que muito contribuiu para afirmar algumas perspectivas e abrir
caminhos para outras leituras.
Universidade de Évora
Congratulations on running a wonderful conference and thanks for all the
work you and your colleagues put into the events! It was especially gratifying
to exchange insights with all the participants who were so knowledgeable
Bowles and his work. The musical events illuminated a dimension of Bowles
that many of us were unfamiliar with. And you even arranged to have wonderful
University of Pennsylvania, USA
I run out of words to express my satisfaction in having taken part of
the Paul Bowles International Centennial Conference, held at the University
of Lisbon/Portugal in October 2010. The opportunity of being together
with some highly remarkable experts in Paul Bowles’ works was really
what we could call a unique experience. The chance of sharing opinions
and multiple points of view concerning his works was such a kind of treasuring
event for someone who has been studying his literature. The fact of getting
in touch with biographers, documentary makers, movie producers, musicians,
researchers, and scholars from different parts of the world, from different
cultural perspectives and purposes, provided a set of valuable sources
that would be enough to fulfill at once all requirements for any kind
of researching work concerned to Paul Bowles’ life and artistic
production. I would like to congratulate especially Mrs. Anabela Duarte
for her effectiveness and talent in making this event come true.
João Augusto Lira
UFPE – Pernambuco, BR
I have very fond memories of the conference; it was much more than a regular
academic gathering, it was art at its best. The exhibition, the films,
and especially the concerts dedicated to Paul Bowles's life and work made
it a rare and unique experience, and Lisbon, this magical link between
Europe and the Americas, Europe and the Orient, served as a perfect background.
Thank you and your colleagues for organizing this event, Paul Bowles would
surely be proud of you all. I am glad that some parts of the concert appeared
on youtube and facebook (expecting more to come!), so we can enjoy your
performances again, and they can reach a wider audience as well.
Wishing you all the best and a very happy Christmas season,
Debrecen College, HU