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February 2021

LINCOLNSHIRE BRANCH ZOOM EVENT: World Beneath the Sands – An Egyptologist’s Tale

Tuesday, 16th February, 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
The English-Speaking Union, 37 Charles Street
London, England W1J 5ED United Kingdom
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Join us at 6.30pm on Tuesday, 16 February on Zoom for an evening with distinguished Egyptologist Professor Toby Wilkinson who will be talking to John Raine about his most recent book A World Beneath the Sands and his career as an Egyptologist.     Professor Toby Wilkinson is an internationally acclaimed Egyptologist and prize-winning author of twelve books translated into as many languages and lectures around the world on Egyptian history, ancient and modern.  With a first class degree and PhD in Egyptology…

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ZOOM EVENT: Communication secrets from the World Championship of Public Speaking

Tuesday, 16th February, 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
The English-Speaking Union, 37 Charles Street
London, England W1J 5ED United Kingdom
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The English-Speaking Union invites you to a talk followed by a Q&A session with public speaking expert Simon Bucknall. We are delighted to invite you to an evening with Simon Bucknall who will share his communication secrets, teaching you how to persuade, inspire and entertain your audience. A Q&A session facilitated by Dr Alastair Niven will follow. About Simon: In 2001, Simon made a mess of a leaving drinks speech in his first job. Vowing to improve, he joined a…

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SOUTH WALES BRACH ZOOM EVENT: Declining Globalisation: Is it real and do we care?

Tuesday, 16th February, 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm
The English-Speaking Union, 37 Charles Street
London, England W1J 5ED United Kingdom
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The ESU South Wales branch in partnership with the Colwinston Philosophical Society to bring you an evening lecture at 8.00pm from Geneva by Dr Patrick Low who has had a varied and distinguished career including spells in academia, the World Bank and for 16 years as Chief Economist  at the World Trade Organisation. Dr Low will be speaking on “Declining Globalisation: is it real and do we care.” Reserve your space here  

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London Branch: Book Club

Wednesday, 17th February, 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
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An event every month that begins at 11:00 am on day Third of the month, repeating until Tuesday, 31st January 2023

The English-Speaking Union, 37 Charles Street
London, England W1J 5ED United Kingdom
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ESU London Branch Members' monthly book club at Dartmouth House, please contact Kathleen Earley for details this month's book and to reserve a space: earley.kathleen@gmail.com  

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March 2021

South Wales Branch Zoom: Harmony, Heavenly Harmony

Friday, 12th March, 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
The English-Speaking Union, 37 Charles Street
London, England W1J 5ED United Kingdom
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Join the ESU South Wales branch for what promises to be a real treat for music lovers when composer, conductor and choirmaster Patrick Larley will be taking members on an exploration of harmony via his extraordinary collection of musical instruments which includes a grand piano, a harp, a pipe organ, a lute and a harpsichord – to name but a few! The event is organised by South Wales branch and can be accessed via the Zoom link here. Meeting ID:…

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Hertfordshire Branch Zoom talk: The Mary Rose

Monday, 15th March, 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
The English-Speaking Union, 37 Charles Street
London, England W1J 5ED United Kingdom
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The ESU Hertfordshire Branch is delighted to invite all ESU members to join them on Zoom talk about the Mary Rose given by Edward Towne. Edward Towne graduated in European Studies from the University of East Anglia and later achieved a PGCE from Cambridge, an MA in Early Modern English History from the University of London and a MSt in Twentieth Century British History from the University of Oxford. His professional career was spent teaching History in state and independent…

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London Branch: Book Club

Wednesday, 17th March, 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
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An event every month that begins at 11:00 am on day Third of the month, repeating until Tuesday, 31st January 2023

The English-Speaking Union, 37 Charles Street
London, England W1J 5ED United Kingdom
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ESU London Branch Members' monthly book club at Dartmouth House, please contact Kathleen Earley for details this month's book and to reserve a space: earley.kathleen@gmail.com  

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ZOOM EVENT: The Artful Dickens: The Tricks and Ploys of the Great Novelist

Thursday, 25th March, 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
The English-Speaking Union, 37 Charles Street
London, England W1J 5ED United Kingdom
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The English-Speaking Union invites you to an evening with author John Mullan to explore the works of Charles Dickens. Author and professor of English literature John Mullan will be in conversation with Alastair Niven, Co-Chair of the Events Committee, talking about his highly acclaimed new book The Artful Dickens (Bloomsbury, £16.99). Attendees can expect to discover some of the legendary author's greatest literary tricks, from how he perfected his characters' names to how he used the description of smells to…

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SAVE THE DATE: ESU Mace final with Lady Hale

Monday, 29th March, 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
The English-Speaking Union, 37 Charles Street
London, England W1J 5ED United Kingdom
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Following Baroness Hale's highly engaging Evelyn Wrench Lecture in November, we are honoured that she has agreed to chair the panel of judges at the final of the Schools' Mace debating competition at 3pm on Friday, 29 March. Twelve schools have made it through to the semi-finals (which will be held that morning) and we look forward to seeing which two teams will progress to the final debate whose motion, 'This House regrets the romanticisation of motherhood', is sure to make…

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April 2021

South Wales branch Zoom: The Rise of National Socialism in 20th century Germany

Tuesday, 13th April, 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
The English-Speaking Union, 37 Charles Street
London, England W1J 5ED United Kingdom
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Historian Philip Wood will be speaking about the rise of National Socialism in 1930s Germany and making some connections with issues that we face today.  ‘Philip’s enthusiasm for his subject is legendary - I’ve enjoyed several of his memorable tours of British cities and war sites in France,’ says Stephen Purcell, Chair of the South Wales branch which is hosting this event. Join via Zoom here. Meeting ID: 849 4037 1622 Passcode: 746601

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