Previous Notable Events

In past years we have invited many speakers of note and often these meetings have been open to the general public. Details of some of these events are given below.

2002 The Keats/Shelley Association sponsored Gabriel Woolf to speak at the Pump Rooms on the poetry of Keats. Following another Lecture, our members visited the D H Lawrence Museum and Birthplace in Nottingham and the many surrounding places which featured in his novels.

2004 This was the year when the Poet Laureate, Andrew Motion, paid his first visit to Warwickshire to speak about his writing. The meeting was a great success.

2004 and 2011 Andrew Davies brilliantly revealed how he transformed the written word into pictures for the Television, illustrating both talks with computer images. The first concentrated on the work of Sarah Walters, the second on Jane Austen and the forthcoming ‘South Riding’.

2006 The then little known Sophie Hannah introduced the book she was just writing; little did we know how famous she would become. We also visited Lichfield, which was celebrating the 250th anniversary of the publication of Samuel Johnson’s dictionary.

2007 Pauline Prior-Pitt, a local poet who had moved to the Western Isles, returned to read from her new Compilation.

2008 A local group of Madrigal Singers delighted us with ‘Life in Elizabethan Times’ in poetry and music.

2009 We visited Prince Charles’s garden at Highgrove.

2011 The Very Revd John Irvine MA Dean of Coventry spoke on 400 years of the King James Bible.

2012 The Society Centenary was celebrated with tea at the Royal Pump Room Gardens.

2014 Joint meeting with the Leamington Society where Andrew Davies spoke on Dylan Thomas and adapting classics for television.

2015 (January) Joan Cummings, currently of the BBC Midlands Today Regional news team, spoke on the topic of interviewing, bring to the subject many years of experience of radio and TV journalism.
Click here to read Claire Spivey's report on  this interesting and amusing event.

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