Eat, Drink, Run.
St George’s Chapel: Its Origins and Inspirations
3.00pm Monday, 17th September 2018
Bryony Gordon was not a runner. A loafer, a dawdler, a drinker, a smoker, yes. A runner, no.
Of Women: In the 21st Century
7.30pm Monday, 17th September 2018
St George's Chapel is very much in the spotlight this year for merely the latest in a parade of important Royal events it has hosted over the last five hundred years. But what was it intended for?
Christabel Pankhurst: A Biography
3.00pm Tuesday, 18th September 2018
Shami Chakrabarti’s latest book, Of Women, is a powerful, urgent and timely polemic on why women still need equality, and how we get there.
The King’s Witch: James I and the Gunpowder Plot
3.00pm Wednesday, 19th September 2018
With her mother Emmeline, Christabel Pankhurst co-led the single-sex Women’s Social and Political Union founded in 1903 and regarded as the most notorious of the groups campaigning for the parliamentary vote for Women. A First Class Honours Graduate in Law, she was determined and charismatic, a captivating speaker who revitalised the women’s suffrage campaign.
Our Uninvited Guests
7.00pm Wednesday, 19th September 2018
Frances Gorges, daughter of Elizabeth I’s favourite lady-in-waiting, finds herself accused of witchcraft and becomes embroiled in the plot to oust James I from the throne.
Gladiators and Empires: What can we learn from the Ancient Worlds?
3.00pm Thursday, 20th September 2018
In this beautifully illustrated talk, Julie looks at some of Britain’s country houses occupied between 1939 and 1945 by people who would never otherwise have set foot in such opulent surroundings.
A History of the World in 21 Women
7.00pm Friday, 21st September 2018
Two titans of Roman historical fiction go head-to-head in a gladiator match of epic proportions.
So They Call You Pisher
3.00pm Monday, 24th September 2018
In the sequel to her bestselling book A History of Britain in 21 Women, journalist and broadcaster Jenni Murray celebrates great women from around the world – rescuing some from obscurity and shining a new light on familiar names.
Take Nothing With You
3.00pm Tuesday, 25th September 2018
Join Michael Rosen, the well-known children's writer, poet, performer and broadcaster, as he reflects on a career both varied and long.
The First Iron Lady: A Life of Caroline of Ansbach
7.00pm Tuesday, 25th September 2018
One of the country’s best-loved novelists, Patrick Gale came to the attention of many in 2017 with his original BBC television drama Man In An Orange Shirt.
Seven Halts on the Somme
3.00pm Wednesday, 26th September 2018
In this talk journalist Matthew Dennison will reverse this neglect, uncovering the complexities of her multifaceted life: an 18th century woman of great political astuteness and ambition, a radical icon of female power.
6.30pm Wednesday, 26th September 2018
Celebrated artist Hughie O’Donoghue will talk about his series of magnificent paintings known collectively as Seven Halts on the Somme.
A Distant Prospect: Watercolours at Eton
3.00pm Thursday, 27th September 2018
Salley Vickers, the author of nine highly acclaimed novels, comes to Cumberland Lodge where she is a trustee to talk about her latest book, The Librarian.
The Magic Lamp: Dreams of Our Age
6.30pm Thursday, 27th September 2018
Views of Eton College have long been a popular subject for topographical artists and watercolourists, and the College is fortunate to hold an extensive collection of watercolours.
The Quest for Queen Mary
7.00pm Friday, 28th September 2018
The Booker Prize winning poet and novelist Ben Okri and the remarkable painter Rosemary Clunie have combined on a unique book. The Magic Lamp is a collaboration, a jointly created work rooted in storytelling and fairy tales, in which words and images have equal place, each giving inspiration to the other.
3.00pm Sunday, 30th September 2018
Commissioned to write an official biography of Queen Mary, the Queen’s grandmother, James Pope-Hennessy was reluctant to take on the task. But encouraged by his brother, who thought the endangered species of royalty would make for fascinating observation, his book was published to great critical acclaim in 1959.