All meetings at The Savile Club, 69 Brook Street, W1, unless otherwise specified.

 

Friday 18 February, drinks 6.30 for 7.00pm talk. Dinner at 8.15pm

Jonathan Bate, author of The Genius of Shakespeare and Professor of Shakepeare and Renaissance Literature at the University of Warwick on ‘The Impossibility of Shakespearean Biography’. The talk was chaired by David Ellis, Professor of English Literature at the University of Kent.

The Biographers’ Club has entered a team for University Challenge and the BBC will be filming the drinks reception beforehand.

 

 

Thursday 31 March, 12.45 for 1.00pm

Barbara Schwepcke, founder of Haus Publishing (UK) on ‘The Sorry Tale of an Independent Publisher of Short Biographies’.

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Monday 9 May 12.45 for 1.00pm

Thomas Staley ‘Lives, Letters and the Ransom Centre.’

The Director of the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Centre at the University of Texas at Austin on his collection and how biographers can best use it.

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Monday 23 May, 7.45 for 8.00pm

Ann Wroe: ‘Unknowable Lives’.

The biographer of Pilate and Perkin Warbeck on how biographies can be written about people of whom very little is known.

Arts Club, Dover Street, W1. Tickets £27.50.

THIS SPEECH IS NOW ONLINE – CLICK HERE TO READ.

 

Monday 6 June, 7.45 for 8.00pm

David Twiston Davies.

Former Daily Telegraph obituaries editor and the author of the Daily Telegraph books on Naval and Military Obituaries, David Twiston Davies on writing obituaries.

Tickets £27.50.

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Thursday 16 June, 12.45 for 1.00pm

Jeremy Lewis.

The publisher and writer Jeremy Lewis on his new biography of the publisher Allen Lane. Tickets £25.

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Monday 20 June, 6.30-8.30pm

Summer party.

The Athenaeum Club, Pall Mall, SW1. Guests welcome. Tickets £20.

 

Monday 4 July, 12.45 for 1.00pm

Yvonne Ward: ‘Packaging the Monarchy: Queen Victoria and her Editors’.

Yvonne Ward on how our view of Queen Victoria has been based on highly selective editions of her letters. Tickets £25.
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Wednesday 14 September, 12.45 for 1.00pm

Prize lunch.

Speaker: Alison Weir on ‘The Appeal of Medieval Biography’. Tickets £25.

 

Friday 23 September, 7.45 for 8.00pm

Margaret Crick on the problems she encountered writing her biography of Mary Archer. Tickets £27.50
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Monday 3 October, 12.45 for 1.00pm

David Sutton: ‘Keeping WATCH: tracking down copyright holders’.

David Sutton is Director of Research Projects at Reading University Library, with responsibility, since 1982, for the Location Register literary manuscripts project (www.locationregister.com) and, since 1994, for the WATCH copyright project (Writers Artists & Their Copyright Holders, http://tyler.hrc.utexas.edu).

Tickets £25.
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Wednesday 26 October, 7.45 for 8.00pm

Dr Rebecca Stott, whose books include Darwin and the Barnacle, on writing the biography of an animal species. Tickets £27.50.

 

Tuesday 8 November, 12.45 for 1.00pm

Hazel Bell: ‘Biographers in Fiction’.

Hazel Bell discussed some 24 novels which feature biographers, including Henry James, Julian Barnes, William Golding, A.S. Byatt and Carol Shields.

Tickets £25.
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Monday 28 November, evening

English PEN Media Biz Quiz, Raphael Gallery at V&A Museum.

 

Friday 9 December, 6.30-8.30pm

Christmas Party.

The Savile Club, 69 Brook Street, W1. Tickets £20.