All meetings held at Veronica’s Restaurant, 3 Hereford Rd, W2


Wednesday 27 January, 12.45 for 1.00pm

Christine Nicholls: ‘Writing Short Biographies’.

The former editor of the Dictionary of National Biography and editor of a biography series for Sutton on the skills in writing and publishing shorter lives.

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Thursday 25 February, 12.45 for 1.00pm

Rupert Allason: ‘Secret Lives: Intelligence Biography’.

As Nigel West, the author of numerous intelligence books, Rupert Allason considers the special problems of researching and publishing biographies of spies and spymasters.


Thursday 30 March, 12.45 for 1.00pm

Michael Holroyd: ‘The Case against Biography’.

Regarded as one of Britain’s leading biographers, Michael Holroyd argued that biography is not a proper literary genre.
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Tuesday 27 April, 12.45 for 1.00pm

Marion Milne: ‘Adapting biography for television and radio’.

The founder of 3BM TV, which specialises in historical and biographical subjects, on how individual lives can be turned into film portraits.
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Tuesday 25 May, 7.45 for 8.00pm

Philip Ziegler: ‘How Royal Biography Differs’.

The author of many royal biographies, Philip Ziegler on the special problems and different approaches to writing in  the genre.

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Monday 28 June, 12.45 for 1.00pm

Andrew Crofts: ‘Ghosting a Life’.

Andrew Crofts, one of Britain’s best-known ghostwriters, on how he tries to capture the voice of each autobiographical subject.

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Tuesday 27 July, 12.45 for 1.0pm

Roy Jenkins: ‘Political Biography’.

Roy Jenkins on how he brought his own political experience to bear when writing lives of politicians.
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7 September, 7.45 for 8.00pm

Hilary Spurling: ‘The Unknown Matisse’.

Hilary Spurling discussed her biography of the artist Henri Matisse.
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Monday 4 October, 7.45 for 8.00pm

Andrew Motion: ‘Wainewright the Poisoner’.

The biographer of Keats and Larkin on his biography-cum-novel which used a first-person narrative with footnotes.
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Thursday 4 November, 7.45 for 8.00pm
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9 December, 6.00-8.00pm

Christmas party.