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Samuel Johnson and the Rhythm of the Lives

Monday 17th June 7pm (Doors open at 6.30pm)

In this talk, Philip offers a critical reflection on Johnson’s Lives of the Poets (1779-81). The aim is to elucidate some of the terms of Johnson’s artistic achievement in this critical and biographical late-life masterpiece on the English poets, their history and value, whilst highlighting the distinctively Johnsonian meaning of life (inside and outside poetry) in this the major form of the Lives.
Philip Smallwood is Emeritus Professor of English at Birmingham City University and is the author of prize-winning books, and numerous essays and articles on Samuel Johnson and the history, practice and theory of eighteenth-century literary criticism.

Tickets £10 - includes a complimentary glass of wine


Philip Smallwood

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Lady in a Veil

Thursday 1st August 7pm (Doors open at 6.30pm)

Lady in a Veil
is a solo show performed by Georgina Lock, in the character of Lady Mary Wortley Montagu (1689-1762). Born in Nottinghamshire, the daring, witty Lady Mary wrote essays, poetry and a fascinating collection of letters - including accounts of her travels in the Ottoman Empire as the wife of the British Ambassador. Her introduction of smallpox inoculation, from Turkish harems to Britain, in 1720, and her first trial of inoculation on her son, reduced Europe’s many fatalities from smallpox and paved the way for Jenner's discovery of vaccination. We meet her in 1742, in Turin. She has left England again, without her husband, in pursuit of health and happiness with a much younger man, the brilliant Venetian, Count Francesco Algarotti.

Georgina Lock
Georgina Lock’s background is in teaching scriptwriting at universities, acting and film-making, including the prizewinning short film Short White Pleated.  In May 2018, she played Countess in Horace Walpole’s The Mysterious Mother at the Yale University Center for British Art, New Haven, CT, as part of the Lewis Walpole Library (of Yale) tercentenary celebrations.

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Georgina Lock in costume

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Meditation on the Meeting of Flora Macdonald and Dr Johnson during his Journey to the Western Isles

Thursday 17th October 7pm (Doors open at 6.30pm)

Flora Fraser will reflect on the pivotal meeting, in 1773, of the Scottish heroine with Dr Johnson and James Boswell at her home in Skye. The travellers hungered for an account of her youthful adventures in 1746 with Bonnie Prince Charlie.

Flora Fraser pays tribute to Dr Johnson as a guest in the Macdonald house in Skye who recognised the sterling worth of his hostess. Shortly after this visit, the Scottish heroine, in pursuit of economic stability, emigrated with her family to the new world. Only months after their arrival in North Carolina, all stability vanished with the outbreak of the American Revolution. In the very year that Johnson’s Journey was published -stimulating interest in the history of the ’45 Rising - the acknowledged heroine of the Jacobite rebellion was once more caught up in civil war.
            Flora Fraser, historical biographer, is at work on a new life of Flora Macdonald, to be published next year. Her previous books include Princesses: The Daughters of George III and George & Martha Washington: A Revolutionary Marriage.

Tickets £10 - includes a complimentary glass of wine


Dr Johnson and Flora MacDonald

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DR JOHNSON WALKS

Follow in Johnson's footsteps and explore the courts and alleys off Fleet Street with an experienced City Guide.

1st Wednesday of each month (except Jan.), 3pm

Next walk:

5 June

Groups may also book walks at alternative times. For any enquiries please contact us.

Dr Johnson's Fleet Street - Discover Johnson's life and work in and around Fleet Street and his acquaintances in the area.
Dr Johnson's City - Explore the Fleet Valley, Ludgate Hill and St Paul's Churchyard areas as Johnson knew them.

£5/£4 concessions. No booking required. Meet outside Dr Johnson's House.

This is a joint venture between Dr Johnson's House and the City Guides.

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Johnson and Boswell 'Walking down the High Street' by Rowlandon

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