I’d love to let you know about some forthcoming events …
For a long time, I have been absolutely intrigued by the extraordinary Sitwell family, especially Dame Edith Sitwell, poet and critic. On 25 May, 5.00 for 5.30pm, I’ll be joining my friend, jewellery historian Adrian Dickens, for another joint talk. I’ll discuss Edith’s difficult childhood and her complex about her looks, thanks to her unkind parents. I’ll discuss how Edith found her own unique style as a way of coping with those looks. Then Adrian will show fabulous pictures of her jewels, discuss the pieces that are today held in the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, and will tell us more about the jewels that Edith struggled to live up to!
This special event will be held at Woollahra Library and delicious refreshments will be served. Bookings are here.
Many of us love to travel, and with ASA (Australians Studying Abroad) I am presenting a fabulous series of free zoom talks which will take you to exotic places around the world. The series is ‘Travel Tuesdays‘ and each month at 5pm, I will introduce an illustrated talk by one of ASA’s experienced tour leaders. The series began with artist David Henderson giving us ‘An Introduction to the Art of Venice’. It was a stunning talk and you can watch it here.
The 28 March talk on Belgian garden design was presented by Sandra McMahon, and in April the subject will be ‘The Wealthy World of Bronze Age Cyprus’, presented by Chris Gribbin on the 25th. On 23 May, I’ll be discussing ‘Literary Highlights of Northern France’. There will be further treats throughout the year, and we’d love you to join in as we visit amazing sights and places around the world. You can see these videos at https://www.youtube.com/@asaculturaltours
If you would like to be kept informed, please just reply to let me know and I’ll make sure to send you the zoom link for the talk a day or two before. I adore travel and am very excited about presenting this new series, which will give us ideas for future travels, take us virtually to places we never dreamed of visiting, and inform and delight us.
Announcing the 4th Sydney Conference celebrating all things Georgette Heyer on Saturday 2 September 2023. A lovely day is being planned. You will hear from: Heyer’s biographer, Jennifer Kloester, award-winning authors Kate Forsyth & Bronwyn Parry, and yours truly. A variety of other speakers will share on a diverse range of subjects, including the 100th anniversary of ‘Powder and Patch’. You can find all the information here and bookings are open now.
Which larger-than-life person from history owned fabulous jewellery that you’d like to learn more about? Do you have a favourite ASA tour that you remember? Tell me your thoughts by leaving a comment.