Davina Porter to speak at Westport Y's Women meeting
Published 4:36 pm, Thursday, November 11, 2010
The next meeting of the Y's Women features Davina Porter, a member of Actor's Equity who has 20 years worth of experience in narrating books as well as appearing in many stage productions.
Her special talent for dialects and accents has won praise from critics and listeners alike. Her audio work covers the classics, histories, biographies. romances, "how to" books and children's literature. She has won awards for "Excellence in Recording," and has been included in Audiofile Magazine's Best Voices of the Last Century and has won two Audies, the Oscars of the audio book industry. Chances are you have heard her read in one of the audio books you checked out of the library.
The meeting is on Monday, Nov. 22, at the Unitarian Church. Coffee and conversation start at 11 a.m. with the meeting starting promptly at 11:30 a.m. After the formal presentation, there will be a question-and-answer period.
When Porter was quite young, she discovered the best way to learn something -- a poem to memorize or history facts -- was to say or read it aloud. She did this often to her dolls lined up along the wall. She liked the way the words sounded and found that she easily remembered them.
For nearly 25 years, Porter has had the chance to "learn" many things through the recordings of more than 100 audiobooks. One of the founding narrators with Recorded Books, she has an impressive list of classics in her audiography, including "Anna Karenina", "Madame Bovary", "Tess of the D'Urbervilles."
With more than 450 members from over 20 communities, members only may attend Y's Women meetings. The membership chairman, Ann Lloyd, is available at meetings to sign up new members.