1 February 2023 Susannah

English Trailblazers

4 English Trailblazers

Over the past two years, I’ve offered some ‘Trailblazer’ series of zoom talks – French trailblazers, Scandinavian Trailblazers and Scottish Trailblazers (all now available as Video Talks here). Now it’s the turn of the English! So many of you have requested more, and I’m very happy to oblige.

Mondays 6, 13, 20 & 27 March 2023, 5 – 6.15pm (AEST)


I was totally spoiled for choice as there are so many innovative English men and women from whom to choose – Shakespeare, Marlowe, Darwin, Turner, Mary Anning, Ada Lovelace, Constable, Beatrix Potter, H.G. Wells, Agatha Christie, Margot Fonteyn and more. I’ve chosen four – Dr Johnson and his Dictionary, Mary Wollstonecraft and feminism, Florence Nightingale and nursing, and William Morris and design – and hope you will join me for this exciting new series.

“O to be in England” sighed Robert Browning in a poem. Would you also love to be in England? This exciting new series of ‘English Trailblazers’ will take you to Shakespeare’s “sceptred Isle” to meet two English men and two English women who changed our world.

You will be introduced to the man who created the first proper dictionary of our language and set standards in lexicography which are firmly with us today. You will meet the founding feminist philosopher, a woman who dared to call for equal education for girls and argue that women were not inferior to men. Meet the founder of modern nursing, who was also a social reformer, a statistician and even an essayist. And you’ll learn about a man who packed more into his life than ten men, designing, reforming, writing, painting, conserving, translating and printing.

Travel virtually to a land of stately homes and quaint villages, castles and cathedrals, a land that is preeminent when it comes to literary genius. Encounter memorable personalities, see lovely homes and gardens, and enjoy anecdotes and scandals. You will be given comprehensive ‘further reading’ lists and links, so you can set off on exciting by-ways and explorations.

Each lecture will be recorded, so you can watch it at a time that suits you. Make yourself that most English of beverages, a cup of tea (or perhaps you might prefer a glass of wine?), settle back and enjoy the company of four English Trailblazers.

I’m itching to get started again for the new year and I hope you’ll enjoy being part of this series as much as I will. Tell me your thoughts by leaving a comment.

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