June 29th, 2012

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Gresham College Free Lecture: Arthur Conan Doyle and London, Richard Burnip

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Free Public Lectures. Gresham College has provided free public talks within the City of London for over 400 years. Founded in 1597, Gresham College is London’s oldest Higher Education Institution. Our Gresham Professors and other visiting speakers offer over 100 free public events every year.

"A Stout Heart in the Great Cesspool": Arthur Conan Doyle and London
Monday, 2 July 2012 - 1pm
Museum of London

From the impressions of his first youthful visit, to his mature years when all doors opened for him, London was an important backdrop to much of Conan Doyle's life and work. From the Sherlock Holmes stories to The Lost World (in this, the 100th anniversary year of Professor Challenger's first great adventure) this lecture examines some of the locations which influenced him. It will also touch on some of his lesser known works and include the place which perhaps meant more to him than any other in London, and to which he returned in his writing throughout his life.

The talk will be given by Richard Burnip, an actor and historian whose work encompasses theatre, documentaries, lectures, articles, guided walks and audiobooks. Richard leads the "In the Footsteps of Sherlock Holmes" guided walks for London Walks and is a Member of the Sherlock Holmes Society of London.

This is part of the "Literary London Crime" Mondays at One series.

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Alastair Campbell's Class Debate: Review Of Posh, courtesy of the Huffington Post

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This is a great feature article on Posh with some AMAZING photos.

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Alastair Campbell's Class Debate: Review Of Posh

With perfect timing, the play Posh at the Duke of York's Theatre has been tackling class division in modern times. Written by Laura Wade, Posh follows the exploits of ten members of an elite Oxford dining society, secretly known as the Riot Club – spoilt boys trying to make their way in a world that they feel has forgotten their rightful place in society.

As well as rave reviews and talks for a forthcoming film, Posh has been dipping its toe into topical debate, as the Duke of York’s Theatre became a venue for a discussion chaired by Alastair Campbell (I went to this discussion and loved it!).

With fellow speakers Luciana Berger, Labour MP; Dr James Tilley, Lecturer at Oxford; and Rachel Johnson, Editor-in-Chief of The Lady, Campbell sat down with an audience in the fitting regal theatre to talk class and power in a country where 65% of the Cabinet are Oxbridge graduates.

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Bullingdon Club: The politics of Posh By Alastair Campbell, courtesy of the Independent

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Again, an excellent piece by Alastair Campbell, in the Independent - PLEASE READ!

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Bullingdon Club: The politics of Posh by Alastair Campbell

In the first of a series of blogs this week looking at the politics of class, Alastair Campbell discusses Laura Wade’s Posh. The play, which, if any comparisons with the notoriously elite Bullingdon Club are drawn (of which Conservative trio David Cameron, George Osborne and Boris Johnson were all members) opens a more disturbing concern than our political leaders not knowing the price of milk. Last year the Prime Minister denied that there were similarities between the club he was famously a member of, and the destructive behaviour witnessed in the summer riots.

There are many ways to judge a play. Did you enjoy it on the night? Would you recommend it to others? Do you want to see it again? And does it make you think, and keep thinking?

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