Members and guests will be celebrating the birth of Dorothy L. Sayers at Balliol College, Oxford. Balliol is the college of Lord Peter Wimsey, Sayers’ detective character. As part of the celebrations, we will be having readings about Sayers’ life in Oxford and her own writing about Oxford, both fictional and real.
Balliol College, courtesy of www.ox.ac.uk
Members and guests will be visiting Lord’s Cricket Ground, home to the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) for a private tour of the ground and facilities. During the tour, we’ll also be hearing about the cricketing career of ‘Wimsey of Balliol’, the subject of some discussion in the novel Murder Must Advertise .
9th February, 2019
We will be having a Winter Lunch in London at the Market Tavern in Shepherd Market, for members and guests on Saturday, 9th February, 2019. This will be followed by an optional visit to a nearby exhibition and talk. The exhibition - closing on 10th February - will feature the work of Beresford Egan, artist, actor, writer and bon viveur, who was well-known in London in the late 1920s, 30s and beyond. He designed the dust jacket for Murder in the Square, by Johnston Smith, a novel reviewed by DLS.
The exhibition is being held by Sim Fine Art, who are also responsible for an annual show ‘Holding the Line’ featuring art of the war (WWII) years. The exhibition will be at 54 The Gallery, Mayfair. Andrew Sim has kindly offered to speak to us about the Beresford Egan exhibition and “Holding the Line” which will celebrate its 10th Anniversary this year.
Further details to follow in the members’ Bulletin.
See Members’ Bulletin in January for further details.
This event is open to everyone. It is not organised by the Society although members will have seen information on the event in the Members’ Bulletin.
The Nine Tailors, original adaptation by David Gallop
Hampshire Theatre Group
All Saints Church, Odiham
25th January, 2019 at 7.30 p.m.
26th January, 2019, two performances: 2.30 p.m. and 7.30 p.m.
To celebrate the birthday of DLS this year, we are planning a Bloomsbury Walk for members, looking at sites in Bloomsbury related to the life and fiction of DLS. This will take place on the afternoon of Sunday, 17 June. Further details will be available in the May Bulletin.
Photo of Dorothy L. Sayers' residence, Great James Street. Photo courtesy of BJ Rahn.
Dorothy L. Sayers worked as an advertising copywriter, her most notable campaign being the Toucan advertisements for Guinness, featuring illustrations by John Gilroy. A members' visit to the Museum of Brands, Packaging and Advertising in London has been arranged for 27 April. The tour will commence at 12.00 and the cost is £13. See the March Bulletin for further details.
The lecture takes place on the Monday after the Golden Age of Crime Weekend. The speaker this year is James Runcie, author of the Grantchester series of novels. The lecture takes place at Witham Library at 7.30p.m with supper beforehand at Gimsons. Supper £9, Lecture £7. For further details see: http://essexbookfestival.org.uk/event/james-runcie/