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The first event of the early summer is a Lunch from 12.30–2.30pm on Wednesday May 18th when Ann Thwaite (who wrote the Preface to The Godwits Fly) and the poet Fleur Adcock, a New Zealander by birth who lives in England, will be ‘in conversation’ about Robin Hyde.

On Friday June 10th from 3-5 Nicola Beauman will be giving a teatime talk about Dorothy Whipple at the second Derby Book Festival.

On Sunday June 12th from 12–6pm we shall be open as part of the Lamb’s Conduit Street's Celebration of the Queen’s Birthday: there will be a free cream tea and general merriment. Just for that day all Persephone books bought in the shop will be £8.

On Thursday June 16th at 4 o’clock we have been invited to Prendergast School, Adelaide Avenue, Brockley, SE4 1LE to see the murals painted in 1933–6 by Evelyn Dunbar (joint author of Gardeners’ Choice, PB No.114). Afterwards we shall have tea at the Hilly Fields Café.

On Wednesday July 6th at a Lunch from 12.30–2.30pm Samantha Ellis will talk about Amber Reeves and A Lady and Her Husband, PB No.116, for which she has written the Preface.

The 1953 film of Little Boy Lost (PB No. 28) starring Bing Crosby will be shown on Tuesday July 19th at 4.30 with a cream tea being served beforehand at 4 o’clock.

The biographer and historian Anne Sebba will give a talk at a Lunch from 12.30–2.30 on Tuesday September 13th about her new book Les Parisiennes: How the Women of Paris Lived, Loved and Died in the 1940s, with particular reference to Jacqueline Mesnil-Amar and Maman, What Are We Called Now? (PB No.115).

Jonathan Smith, who wrote Wilfred and Eileen, PB No. 107, has recently written a book about Churchill and this was filmed by ITV as Churchill’s Secret starring Michael Gambon, Lindsay Duncan and Romola Garai. On Tuesday October 4th, after a cream tea at 4 o’clock, Jonathan will introduce the film and answer questions afterwards.

A reminder: the Persephone Book Group is on the first Wednesday of the month at 6.30. Madeira and bread and cheese are served. On May 4th at 6.30 Nicola Beauman will lead a discussion of The Victorian Chaise-longue. On June 1st, the group will be led by Lydia Fellgett and will discuss The Home-Maker. On July 6th Miki Footman will lead a discussion about Good Evening, Mrs Craven.

 All events cost £20 except the free Queen’s Birthday event and the Book Group, which is £10.

Find out more about past Persephone Events.

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