Due to unforeseen circumstances Caroline Moorehead, one of our panel of speakers on Wednesday 25th October, has had to withdraw. We are sorry about this and so is she.

Artemis Cooper will be the third member of the panel discussing Writing About Elsewhere. Artemis’s acclaimed biography of Patrick Leigh Fermor involved a great deal of research in Greece, and she has also written Cairo in the War and Paris after the Liberation.

Wednesday 25 October, 6.30pm at the October Gallery

Three acclaimed biographers talk about what it is like to research and write about those whose lives are lived in other countries.

Rebecca Fraser’s new book The Mayflower Generation: The Winslow family and the Fight for a new World follows the fortunes of a family who leave the shores of Britain for an uncertain future in an unknown country.

Patrick Marnham’s subjects have included the hero of the French Resistance Jean Moulin, the writer Georges Simenon, and artist Diego Rivera.

Caroline Moorehead’s most recent book, A Bold and Dangerous Family is about Italian anti-fascists, and completes her trilogy about resistance to dictatorship in France and Italy before and during the Second World War.

How are you greeted as an outsider to the place you are writing about? How do you track the material and navigate the archives? Does language present a problem?

Are the books received well in the countries in which they are set? Can you tackle areas which might be taboo at home?

Come along and hear a wealth of experience and anecdotes about these and related matters, and bring your own questions.

Chaired by Anne de Courcy

Tickets: £12.50 (members and guests)

Time and venue: 6.30-8.00pm at the October Gallery, 24 Old Gloucester Street, Bloomsbury, London WC1N 3AL.

Books will be available for purchase.

Booking: Please book with nicholas_clee@hotmail.com, and/or send cheques (made out to the Biographers’ Club) to Nicholas Clee, 8 Plimsoll Road, London N4 2EW. Or pay online – details available on request.