Talks

Talks

Iris Murdoch

Frances opened her September 2019 presentation with a biographical summary of key events in the Irish novelist’s life. Iris was born in Dublin in 1919 but left Ireland as a…

Talks

Virginia McKenna

We welcomed a very special speaker to our August 2019 meeting. Virginia McKenna inspired us all with her talk on the founding of the Born Free Foundation ( ) which works to…

Talks

Austen Sisters

Despite the heat there was a good attendance at our July meeting, for Rowan Suart’s presentation on the Austen Sisters. Rowan started by saying that Jane Austen was very proud…

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Thomas Coryat: Jeremy Tomlinson

Jeremy’s talk on Wednesday 5thJune was both learned and entertaining.  His subject was that astonishing early seventeenth century traveller, Thomas Coryate, the self-styled “Oddcombe Legge-Stretcher,”author of the famous Coryat’s Crudities(1611).   Odcombe…

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Page to Screen – Literary Bio-Pics

On May 1st Ellen Cheshire took us on a fascinating journey through the many films that have been made on the lives of writers from Shakespeare to Dickens and the…