Tuesday 26 February, 7.45 for 8.00

Café Rouge, 2 Lancer Square, Kensington Church Street, W8.

John Campbell, biographer of Margaret Thatcher and Edward Heath, on whether or not biography is simply a branch of history.

 

Wednesday 20 March, 12.45 for 1.00

The Contented Vine, 17 Sussex Street, SW1.

Lucasta Miller, author of The Bronte Myth, on ‘The Biographer as Myth Maker’.

 

Friday 12 April, 7.45 for 8.00

Magdalene College, Cambridge.

Annual Dinner.

Piers Brendon, Keeper of the Churchill College Archives and author of books on Eisenhower and Churchill, was our speaker in the candlelit medieval college hall.

Guests welcome. Tickets £40.

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Monday 29 April, 12.45 for 1.00

The Contented Vine, 17 Sussex St, SW1

John Blake of Blake Publishing on ‘Heroes and Villains: Biography publishing for the mass market’

 

Friday 24 May, 7.30 for 8.00

Longleat House, Wiltshire.

The Marquess of Bath on publishing his autobiography on his website and the Wessex oral history project.

Guests welcome. Tickets £30.

 

Friday 14 June, 12.45 for 1.00

The Contented Vine, 17 Sussex Street, SW1.

The journalist and biographer Gyles Brandreth on ‘The Queen and I: the pitfalls of writing about monarchy’.

 

Monday 24 June, 6.30-8.30

Athenaeum Club, 107 Pall Mall, SW1.

Fifth Anniversary party to which all previous speakers and prize judges were invited.

Tickets £25. Guests welcome.

 

 

Wednesday 10 July, 12.45 for 1.00

The Contented Vine, 17 Sussex Street, SW1.

Phil Craig, writer and television journalist, on ‘Biographers at war: the story behind the Princess Diana biographies’.

 

Tuesday 13 August, 12.45 for 1.00

The Contented Vine, 17 Sussex Street, SW1.

‘Reading the Father-Daughter Relationship: Cross Fertilisations between psychoanalysis and biography’. Jane Polden gained a First in English at Cambridge before becoming a psychotherapist and author.

THIS SPEECH IS NOW ONLINE – CLICK HERE TO READ.

 

Thursday 12 September, 7.45 for 8.00

The Contented Vine, 17 Sussex Street, SW1.

Peter Conradi, the authorised biographer of Iris Murdoch, on how his friend has been represented in film, the three memoirs by her husband and in biography.

 

Friday 27 September, 12.45 for 1.00

The Contented Vine, 17 Sussex Street, SW1.

‘Letters, biography and the strange case of William Shakespeare’. David Ellis is Professor of English Literature at the University of Kent. His books include Literary Lives: Biography and the Search for Understanding and D.H. Lawrence: Dying Game 1922-1930, which was shortlisted for the James Tait Black Memorial Prize. 

THIS SPEECH IS NOW ONLINE – CLICK HERE TO READ.

 

Friday 25 October, 12.45 for 1.00

Bertrolli’s, Frith Street, W1.

Prize lunch.

Richard Holmes (Professor of Biography at UEA and author of biographies of, among others, Chatterton, Shelley and Coleridge) on his approach to biography.

 

Thursday 7 November, 7.45 for 8.00

The Contented Vine, 17 Sussex Street, SW1.

Sally Cline, author of a Llife of the Fitzgeralds, on ‘Zelda (and Scott) Fitzgerald: Two Lives Beneath One Legend’.

THIS SPEECH IS NOW ONLINE – CLICK HERE TO READ.

 

Thursday 14 November, 7.45 for 8.00

Café Rouge, Lancer’s Square, W8.

J.D.F. Jones, authorised biographer of Laurens van der Post, on ‘The Problems of authorised biography’.

 

Monday 2 December, 6.30-8.30

Georgian Group, 6 Fitzroy Square, W1.

Christmas party. Guests welcome. Tickets £20.