3rd Annual Milton Lecture

Date : Thursday 1 May 2014
Time: 6 pm
Venue: Mercers Hall, Ironmonger Lane, London EC2V 8HE , nearest tubes St Paul’s or Bank.

We are very pleased to announce the third annual Milton Lecture. This year we have been very fortunate and persuaded Dr Anna Beer to speak to us. Many readers will already know her invaluable biography Milton: Poet, Pamphleteer and Patriot (Bloomsbury, 2008). Not only is she a great writer but also a terrific speaker. She will talk to us on Milton in Italy, fresh from a sabbatical term in Italy. We know that the young Milton spent a formative period of his life in Italy and only hurried back from his delightful sojourn in southern Europe when he heard of the deteriorating political situation in England.

We are also delighted to say that for a second year the Mercers’ Company will host the event at Mercers’ Hall. Milton is the most famous alumnus of St Paul’s School and the Mercers have for centuries supported it. Their generosity will again extend to holding a reception afterwards in their grand hall upstairs: your chance to buttonhole the speaker, the master of the Mercers and anyone of consequence in Miltonian matters over a glass of wine and splendid canapés!

Please help to make this event a success by getting together a little party to attend the lecture: it promises to be a most informative and entertaining evening. As before, tickets will be available on the door at a mere five pounds each on a first-come-first-served basis. However, it may be wise to get your name onto the special reserved list which will guarantee entry by contacting the your chairman in advance by emailing Keith Sugden.