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York’s Big City Read is kindly celebrating our books at a literary supper’ on Thursday November 10th at 6.30: Nicola Beauman will talk at the Rowntree Park Reading Café about Persephone’s WW1 novels. The £25 cost includes supper and wine. THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT

There will be a lunch on Wednesday November 16th from 12.30–2.30 at which Harriet Evans, who wrote the wonderful preface to Because of the Lockwoods, will be ‘in conversation’ with Lydia about our most beloved author Dorothy Whipple.

We shall show the 2012 film, (in French with subtitles) of Madame Solario on Wednesday November 23rd. There will be a cream tea at 4, the film is at 4.30 and afterwards there will be a glass of madeira and a discussion.THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT

Anne Ullmann will be ‘in conversation’ with Nicola about her mother Tirzah Garwood and her father Eric Ravilious at a Lunch in the shop from 12.30–2.30 on Tuesday November 29th. THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT.

Our Christmas Open Day, when mulled wine and mince pies are served and all books are gift-wrapped free of charge, is from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursday December 1st; the shops in the street will also be open late for the Lamb’s Conduit Street Christmas Party.

On Tuesday January 24th we shall show the 1946 film of They Knew Mr Knight. A cream tea will be served at 4, the film is at 4.30, and at 6 there will be madeira and a discussion.

On Thursday February 9th at a Lunch from 12.30–2.30 Dr Nikki Frater will give an illustrated talk about Rex Whistler, the subject both of her PhD and an excellent website curated by her.

On Friday March 3rd we shall have a trip to Great Bardfield where Eric Ravilious and Tirzah Garwood lived. We shall meet at 1 for lunch at The Vine, then walk round Great Bardfield and then re-assemble for a cup of tea at the excellent local bookshop Between the Lines which stocks Persephone books. The best way to get to Great Bardfield is by train to Braintree and then there is a bus which takes half an hour or we shall organise a taxi. (We have chosen a Friday because some of you might want to stay at the very nice Bucks House.) Nb. in early June we shall have a Persephone visit to the Towner in Eastbourne and in September a visit to the Fry Gallery in Saffron Walden.

On Friday April 28th at 6pm Rugby School is hosting a street party as part of its 450th anniversary events celebrating the bequest of Lawrence Sheriff (1510–67), ‘purveyor of spices to Queen Elizabeth 1st’ who owned extensive property in Bloomsbury and made provision in his will for the income from Lambs Conduit to endow Rugby School.

All the events, apart from those that are free and the Book Group which costs £10, are £25: please ring the office to book.

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 Noveember 2nd Lydia Fellgett will lead a discussion about Farewell Leicester Square by Betty Miller.

Find out more about past Persephone Events.

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