Monday Literary Society

Programme 2014/15

October 27th 2014           Philip Hensher

The Emperor Waltz. Changing the world with teapots, bookshops and moral example. Philip Hensher is author of nine novels, including The Emperor Waltz, published in July 2014. Professor of Creative Writing at Bath Spa University. Custom writing help is available on-line from essay.ws writing service.

November 24th 2014       David Blount

Radio – Where the Pictures Are Better. David Blount is an award-winning director of plays and readings with over 20 years’ programme-making experience. David’s other non-broadcast work includes audio products for Historic Royal Palaces, and the Open University. He teaches the Radio Acting course at LAMDA.

January 26th 2015            Blake Morrison

Life Writing and The Writing Life. Blake Morrison is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, and former Chair of the Poetry Book Society and Vice-Chair of PEN, Blake has written fiction, poetry, journalism, literary criticism and libretti, as well as adapting plays for the stage. His best-known works are probably his two memoirs, "And When Did You Last See Your Father?" and "Things My Mother Never Told Me."

February 23rd 2015          Clare Pollard

Poetry Reading. Clare Pollard's first play The Weather (Faber, 2004) premiered at the Royal Court Theatre, and has since been performed at the Munchner Kammerspiele in Munich.  In 2012 she co-wrote the radio play Surface to Air with WN Herbert for BBC Radio 4.  She has toured widely with the British Council, including a residency in Beijing, and been involved in numerous translation projects, including co-translating Poems by Caasha Lul Mohamud Yusuf (Poetry Translation Centre 2012). Clare’s latest translation is Ovid’s Heroines (Bloodaxe, 2013)

March 30th 2015          Rosamund Bartlett

How Chekhov took on Tolstoy. Rosamund Bartlett has written extensively on Russian cultural history, with a particular focus on music and literature. Her biographies of both Chekhov and Tolstoy have been highly acclaimed, and she has recently completed a new translation of Anna Karenina for Oxford World's Classics.

April 27th 2015            Iain Sinclair

Under the Overground: Walking as a Way of Writing. Iain Sinclair is a writer and psychogeographer, and the author of many books including London Orbital, Lights out for the Territory, Downriver and Ghost Milk. He divides his time between Hackney and Hastings.

May 19th 2015             Penelope Leach

Babycare and Advances in Neurobiology. Penelope Leach, is a British psychologist and one of the world's most respected child development experts. Penelope writes extensively on parenting issues from a child development perspective.



Please note each date carefully. Due to December dates at Pelham House being booked up years in advance, there will be no meeting that month. There will instead be a meeting on the 19th May.