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On Thursday 18th May from 6–8 there will be a Possibly Persephone? event when we ask people to suggest books for publication; focusing this time on WOC and LGBT novels. Wine and cheese straws will be served. There is no charge for this event.

On Thursday 8th June we shall have a trip to the Towner in Eastbourne where the new exhibition: Ravilious & Co: The Pattern of Friendship, contains work by Tirzah Garwood. We shall assemble at 12.30 for a light lunch, go to the exhibition and then have a cup of tea at the Towner café.

On Wednesday 14th June at 11 a.m. Dr Clara Jones, who used to work in the shop and now teaches at King’s College, London, will lead a walk retracing the route, from Dean’s Yard in Westminster to Bond Street, taken on a Wednesday in mid June 1923 by Mrs Dalloway in Virginia Woolf’s novel. Lunch will be served afterwards at Lamb’s Conduit Street.

 On  Wednesday 21st June at 6 pm Philippe Sands QC, author of the prize-winning East-West Street, will talk about anti-semitism in fiction with reference to Earth and High Heaven. Wine and cheese straws will be served.

On Thursday 29th June at a Lunch from 12·30–2·30, Dr Charlie Lee-Potter, author of the Afterword to Effi Briest, will be ‘in conversation’ with Nicola Beauman about the C19th ‘adultery’ novel.

On Thursday 6th July from 6–8 there will be a reading with actors of the new play The Long Bones by the actress and writer Juliet Aykroyd. It is about the last days of the poet Alun Lewis on leave in India and with the army in Burma in 1944. Wine and cheese straws will be served.

On Wednesday 12th July in the shop we shall show the rare and unforgettable 1924 silent film of Dorothy Canfield Fisher’s The Home-Maker, PB. No. 7. At 4 there will be a cream tea, and the film will be shown at 4·30.

And we shall show the famous 1974 Fassbinder film of Effi Briest on Thursday 14th September; again tea will be at 4 and the film will be shown at 4·30.

On Tuesday 19th September there will be a trip to the Fry Gallery in Saffron Walden where there is an exhibition called Exploring: Inspirational Places for Great Bardfield Artists. We shall meet at 12·30 for lunch, go to the exhibition and then have a cup of tea. (The closest station is Audley End; there is a frequent bus to nearby Saffron Walden.)

On Wednesday 27th Septemberby kind permission of the Leifer family, there will be a Tea from 4–5·30 and a short talk in the Downshire Hill house in Hampstead lived in for sixty years by Amber Reeves, author of A Lady and Her Husband.

On Wednesday 4th October there will be a Lunch from 12.30-2.30 to celebrate the publication in paperback of Angela Thirlwell’s Rosalind: A Biography of Shakespeare’s Immortal Heroine: ‘a model of popular Shakespearean scholarship: engagingly accessible and contagiously enthusiastic.’ Angela will talk about the book and the actress Michelle Terry will read some of Rosalind's speeches: they are curiously 21srt century.

All the events cost £25, apart from the first two (and the Book Group, which is £10): 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 Wednesday 3rd May Nicola Beauman will lead a discussion of Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day. Winifred Watson's son Keith Pickering will join us.

Find out more about past Persephone Events.

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