January-April ESU EVENTS 2012 Autumn
The English-Speaking Union
All events can be booked via Susan Conway Events Manager Dartmouth House 37 Charles Street, London W1J 5ED T: 020 7529 1582 email@example.com The dress code for all ESU events is smart/casual, unless otherwise specified. ESU ONLINE The ESU has a new website, which is more interactive and informative than ever before. To discover more about what we do, and how you can help support the charitable activites of the ESU, as well as discover more about membership, simply visit ESU.org, or scan the QR code below.
- Welcome to the ESUâ€™s events programme for January - April. Welcome to the first part of the 2012 programme of ESU Dartmouth House events. Your attendance at these events is an essential part of our fundraising initiative and I am very grateful to all of you who supported us last year. Not only did we raise a significant amount for our charitable activities, we attracted new members and even a new sponsor for the London Debate Challenge! The profit made from each event goes directly to the charitable activities of the ESU, enabling young people in the UK and internationally to benefit from public speaking and debate training, exchange scholarships and career development opportunities. ESU alumni and non-members are very welcome at our events; however, we would be very grateful if they could make an additional voluntary donation to the member ticket price. Thank you for your support. I look forward to seeing you at Dartmouth House. Best wishes,
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dia ry dates JANUARY
Wednesday 11 January, 6.30 - 8 pm Meet the Author Herta Von Stiegel: The Mountain Within In July 2008, international business executive Herta Von Stiegel led a group of disabled people to the top of Mount Kilimanjaro to raise money for charity. The story was captured in the awardwinning documentary The Mountain Within and now the expedition has inspired this remarkable work, which blends the gripping tale with powerful leadership lessons and conversations with many of the world’s most influential business leaders including, amongst others, Kay Unger, Sung-Joo Kim, Baroness Scotland of Asthal, Hon Al Gore and David Blood. Tickets: £15 to include one glass of wine and a selection of nibbles. Herta’s talk will begin at 6.45 pm. Copies of The Mountain Within will be on sale at the event.
Tuesday 24 January, 6.30 - 8 pm Meet the Author Roger Rosewell: Medieval Wall Paintings in English and Welsh Churches Wall paintings are a unique art form, complementing and yet distinctly separate from other religious imagery in churches. Unlike carvings or stained glass windows, their support was the structure itself, with the artist’s ‘canvas’ the very stone and plaster of the church. Notwithstanding their dissimilarity from other religious art, wall paintings were also an integral part of church interiors, enhancing devotional imagery and inspiring faith and commitment in their own right, and providing an artistic setting for the church’s sacred rituals and public ceremonies. Join the ESU for a fascinating talk by Roger Rosewell, former journalist, director of a private European art foundation and the news editor of the online stained glass magazine, VIDIMUS, as he journeys through many of the best surviving examples of medieval church wall paintings, bringing the imagery and iconography of the medieval church vividly to life. Tickets: £15 to include a glass of wine and a selection of nibbles. Roger’s talk will begin at 6.45 pm. Copies of Medieval Wall Paintings in English and Welsh Churches will be on sale at the event.
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Wednesday 25 January, 6.30 - 9 pm Burns’ Night supper
Wednesday 8 February, 10.30 am - 1 pm International At Home and Lunchtime Concert
Join the ESU as we celebrate the birthday of Scotland’s bard with a reception and traditional bill o’fare buffet in the Revelstoke Restaurant. Don your tartan and enjoy Burns’ poetry recitals, the ‘Immortal Memory’ and, of course, the famous toast to the haggis!
Enjoy a mid-morning coffee at February’s International At Home, an event that brings together members of the ESU and the international community, to be hosted by a special guest of honour (details to be confirmed). The event will also provide the opportunity to tour Dartmouth House, a Grade II* listed building.
Tickets: £25 Dress code: lounge suit (tartan optional) The buffet will be served at 7 pm.
At 12 pm, a lunchtime concert by pianist and ESU alumna Yulia Chaplina will be held in the Long Drawing Room. Yulia, a recipient of an ESU scholarship to Prussia Cove in April 2011, has held concerts in St. Martin in the Fields as part of the Royal College of Music Series and has won first prize in competitions in Paris, Andorra, Kiev, Kharkov and St. Petersburg since her debut performance, aged 7. Recently, she has performed tours in Italy, France, Poland and Japan. Her lunchtime concert will feature recitals from composers including Bach, Chopin and Haydn. Tickets to both events are complimentary, but please ensure to register your attendance with Susan Conway by no later than Friday 3 February. A donation of £5 is kindly suggested for those guests attending the lunchtime concert.
Thursday 9 February, 6.30 - 8 pm Meet the Author William Curley: Couture Chocolate William Curley is “Britain’s Best Chocolatier”, a title awarded by the Academy of Chocolate, and one which he has held for five consecutive years. Brought up in Fife, William’s career began with an apprenticeship at Gleneagles, followed by 6 years at numerous Michelin-starred establishments, working with respected chefs including Pierre Koffman at La Tante Claire, Raymond Blanc at Le Manoir aux Quat’ Saisons and Marco Pierre White at The Restaurant. Following the release of his first UK book in October 2011 entitled Couture Chocolate, William will join the ESU on 9 February for a fascinating talk on the evolution of chocolate from bean to bar, the recent revolution in the high-end chocolate industry and his thoughts on the future of this highly lucrative market. There will be a chance to taste some of William’s couverture chocolates as well as the opportunity to purchase copies of Couture Chocolate. Tickets: £15 to include a glass of wine and selection of nibbles. William’s talk will begin at 6.45 pm.
Thursday 16 February, 6.30 - 8 pm Book Launch Lord Strathcarron: Innocence and War - Mark Twain’s Holy Land Revisited In 1867, the Daily Alta California commissioned Mark Twain to cover the story of the world’s first luxury cruise, a six-month tour around the Holy Land, departing from New York on board the Quaker City, an ex-Civil War Mississippi side-wheel paddle steamer. The captain, crew and passengers were highly-respectable Presbyterian Christians on a mission: the Islamic Holy Land was under loosening Ottoman control. The interchangeable infidels saw Mark Twain as a distracting influence, and he saw them as wonderful source material, ‘manna from heaven’, for comments on the folly of the human condition. The resultant The Innocents Abroad was Twain’s best selling book during his lifetime, and is still regarded as a classic of travel writing and a masterpiece of satire on political and religious excess. Join us at Dartmouth House for this exciting book launch as ESU member Ian Strathcarron gives a talk on his journey to retrace Twain’s famous steps axcross the Holy Land. Tickets: £15 to include a glass of wine and selection of nibbles. Ian’s talk will begin at 6.45 pm. Copies of Innocence and War will be on sale at the event.
Wednesday 22 February, 12.30 - 2.30 pm Dartmouth House Lunch David Marquand: Where next for the Euro? 2012 sees the 10 year anniversary of the introduction of the Euro as the official currency of Austria, Belgium, Finland, France, Greece, Ireland, Luxemburg, the Netherlands, Portugal and Spain. To mark this occasion, the ESU invites you to a Dartmouth House Lunch with academic, author, former politician and member of the European Commission, David Marquand, as he asks ‘What next for the Euro?’ Tickets: £40 members, £45 alumni*, £50 guests* to include a two-course lunch with wine. *to include a voluntary donation of £5 and £10 respectively to support the charitable work of the ESU. Copies of The End of the West - The once and future Europe by David Marquand, will be on sale at the event.
MARCH Thursday 23 February ESU Great Dickens Debate - Public Lectures To celebrate 200 years since Dickens’ birth, the ESU wishes to invite you to two public lectures at Dartmouth House, being organised as part of the ‘ESU Great Dickens Debate’ in association with the Canterbury and East Kent Branch of the ESU. A morning lecture from 10 - 11 am will be given by Professor Malcolm Andrews, Professor of Victorian and Visual Studies in the School of English at the University of Kent until 2009, editor of The Dickensian and author of numerous books about Dickens, among them Dickens and the Grown-Up Child and Dickens and His Performing Selves. Professor Andrews will discuss ‘Dickens and the Education of the Imagination’. An afternoon lecture, from 1.30 - 2.30 pm will follow, by novelist Lynn Shepherd, author of Tom All Alone’s, a compelling new Victorian murder mystery that interweaves with the people, places and foreboding secrets of Dickens’ Bleak House. Lynn will give an interactive talk, entitled ‘Building a New Bleak House’ Tickets: £8 per lecture, £15 for both. The Revelstoke Restaurant will be open for lunch bookings from 12 pm. For reservations, please contact 020 7529 1550.
Wednesday 7 March, 6.30 - 8 pm Meet the Author Alex Preston: The Revelations Alex Preston is a former City banker-turned-author of the critically acclaimed This Bleeding City, the first ‘credit crunch novel’ that told the familiar tale of a generation of young people caught up in a cycle of unchecked excess in the pursuit of money. Chosen as one of Watersone’s ‘New Voices’ of 2010 as well as the winner of the Edinburgh Festival Readers’ First Book Award and the Spear’s Best First Book Prize, Alex Preston presents his second release, The Revelations, a gripping novel of ideas which explores the City from a new angle and the idea of searching for meaning and fulfilment beyond the realm of financial gain, at March’s Meet the Author. Tickets: £15 to include one glass of wine and a selection of nibbles. Alex’s talk will begin at 6.45 pm. Copies of The Revelations and This Bleeding City will be on sale at the event.
Monday 12 March, 2.15 pm onwards Commonwealth Day Observance Westminster Abbey
Thursday 22 March, 12.30 - 2.30 pm Dartmouth House Lunch Martin Bell OBE: For Whom the Bell Tolls
Commonwealth Day Observance is celebrated annually on the second Monday in March across the 54 member countries of the Commonwealth and in other parts of the world where Commonwealth citizens gather together. In the UK, this special day is celebrated by a unique event in Westminster Abbey attended by Her Majesty The Queen, the Prime Minister, High Commissioners, up to 200 VIPs and more than 1,000 schoolchildren. The theme for the 2012 celebration is ‘Connecting Cultures’, threads that tie people together from every continent, faith and ethnicity.
Martin Bell OBE has been many things - an icon of BBC war reporting, Britain’s first independent MP, a UNICEF ambassador, a staunch supporter of rights for the armed forces, and ‘the man in the white suit’ - a tireless campaigner for honesty and accountability in politics. But as his new book reveals, he is also a talented poet of light verse, and here Bell’s poems continue his war by other means on duplicitous politicians, our all-consuming media, the venality of celebrity culture and much more. Oscillating between trenchant satire and touching honesty, often poignant autobiography spiced with gentle humour, Bell presents poems on Tony Blair and Iraq; on Radovan Karadzic, the Serbian war criminal who he met on trial in The Hague; and on his hero, Reuter’s reporter Kurt Schork, killed on assignement in Sierra Leone.
A selected number of complimentary tickets to this event are available to ESU members only, on a firstcome first-served basis. Dress code: lounge suit.
Join the ESU for this literary Dartmouth House Lunch where Martin will discuss how his work and life helped shape the content of his new collection. Tickets: £40 members, £45 alumni*, £50 guests* to include a two-course lunch with wine. *to include a voluntary donation of £5 and £10 respectively to support the charitable work of the ESU. Copies of For Whom the Bell Tolls will be on sale at the event.
APRIL Wednesday 11 April, 6.30 - 8 pm Meet the Author Sally Nilsson: The Man Who Sank Titanic? The Troubled Life of Quartermaster Robert Hitchens To commemorate the 100 year anniversary of the sinking of the British liner ‘RMS Titanic’, the ESU has a very special Meet the Author event with Sally Nilsson, great-granddaughter of Quartermaster Robert Hitchens, the man given the order to steer Titanic away from the fatal iceberg - but failed. Following an appearance on Channel 4 News and with previously unpublished research and photographs from the Hitchens family archives, join us at Dartmouth House as Sally presents the truth behind a much-maligned figure; a man branded a ‘coward’ by the ‘Unsinkable’ Molly Brown, considered a curse by fellow crewmen and whose life was personified by survival, betrayal and determination. Tickets: £15 to include a glass of wine and a selection of nibbles. Sally’s talk will begin at 6.45 pm. Copies of The Man Who Sank Titanic? will be on sale at the event.
Wednesday 25 April, 12.30 - 2.30 pm ESU and Mid-Atlantic Club Lunch Dame Mary Richardson DBE - Chairman of the English-Speaking Union At a special joint luncheon event for members of the English-Speaking Union and Mid-Atlantic Club, Dame Mary Richardson DBE will discuss the causes and effects of youth alienation. Following the riots of summer 2011, where the vast majority of defendants sat before the magistrates’ courts were found to be young men and women under the age of 25, Dame Mary will explore how society can help combat social exclusion amongst an apparent ‘lost generation’ of young people who continue to be angry with the police and government. Tickets: £40 members*, £45 alumni*, £50 guests, to include a two-course lunch with wine. *to include a voluntary donation of £5 and £10 respectively to support the charitable work of the ESU.
Coffee Mornings at the ESU
The Bar at Dartmouth House
Our coffee mornings are held on the second Wednesday of each month and are a fantastic way to socialise with fellow ESU members and guests in the relaxed and comfortable surroundings of the Wedgewood Room at Dartmouth House with its exquisite 19th Century decor and carved Louis XVI style fireplace.
With stunning Louis XIV wood panelling, the bar at Dartmouth House is the perfect space to enjoy pre-dinner drinks, or to while away an afternoon with your guests.
Three times a year, in February, June and October, the coffee mornings become “International At Home” events; bringing together members of the ESU and the international community and hosted by a special guest of honour. The events also provide a rare opportunity to take a guided tour Dartmouth House, a Grade II* listed building. Forthcoming Coffee Mornings: Wednesday 11 January, 10.30 am Wednesday 8 February, 10.30 am - International At Home Wednesday 14 March, 10.30 am Wednesday 11 April, 10.30 am A suggested donation of £2.50 is kindly requested to support the cost of each coffee morning.
The beautiful Tasmanian-oak bar fronts a 19th-Century bar cabinet, fully stocked with a selection of beers, fine wines and spirits. Open Monday-Friday from 12.30 - 7 pm, it is a wonderful place to stop for drinks in the heart of Mayfair. Situated opposite, the Revelstoke Restaurant at Dartmouth House is open Monday - Friday from 12.30 - 2 pm. Leith’s at Dartmouth House create the exquisite food you will experience at the Revelstoke Restaurant. Based on Prue Leith’s original philosophy of simplicity and quality they combine only the best ingredients to create imaginative, flexible menus for all types of events. To book lunch at the Revelstoke Restaurant, please contact Dartmouth House reception on 020 7529 1550.
Thursday 16 February, 6.30 - 8 pm Lord Strathcarron: Innocence and War Mark Twain’s Holy Land Revisited
Wednesday 11 April, 6.30 – 8 pm Sally Nilsson: The Man Who Sank Titanic? The Troubled Life of Quartermaster Robert Hitchens
Tuesday 24 January, 6.30 – 8 pm Roger Rosewell: Medieval Wall Paintings in English and Welsh Churches
Wednesday 7 March, 6.30 – 8 pm Alex Preston: The Revelations
Wednesday 11 January, 6.30 – 8 pm Herta Von Stiegel: The Mountain Within
Thursday 9 February, 6.30 - 8 pm William Curley: Couture Chocolate
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Wednesday 22 February, 12.30 – 2.30 pm David Marquand: Where next for the Euro?
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Thursday 22 March, 12.30 – 2.30 pm Martin Bell OBE: For Whom the Bell Tolls
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Wednesday 25 April, ESU and Mid-Atlantic Club Lunch 12.30 pm – 2.30 pm Dame Mary Richardson DBE
This year, - The ESU uses English as a common language to nurture dialogue, debate ideas and boost confidence. The ESU brings together and empowers people of different languages and cultures. By building skills and confidence in communication we give people the opportunity to realise their potential. Worldwide, the members and alumni of the ESU support these objectives. Our vision is that the ESU continues to be recognised for its expertise in providing people, both in the UK and internationally, with the communication skills, confidence and networking opportunities to realise their potential. We endeavour to see that the value of good communication as an essential attribute for individual, community and global development and understanding is publicly recognised and widely integrated into education and social policy. For over 90 years, the ESU has provided scholarships, bursaries and exchange opportunities for English-speakers around the globe, as well as promoting the skills of public oratory and debating to school and university students worldwide. With a large programme of activities including competitions, scholarships and seminars, the ESU aims to provide people from all countries, all walks of life and all abilities with the chance to express themselves.
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listings JANUARY Wednesday 11 January, 10.30 am Coffee Morning Wedesday 11 January, 6.30 - 8 pm Meet the Author Herta Von Stiegel : The Mountain Within
A selection of key dates and events over the forthcoming quarter. All events take place at Dartmouth House unless otherwise indicated.
Wednesday 22 February, 12.30 - 2.30 pm Dartmouth House Lunch David Marquand : Where next for the Euro? Thursday 23 February ESU Great Dickens Debate - Public Lectures MARCH
Tuesday 24 January, 6.30 - 8 pm Meet the Author Roger Rosewell : Medieval Wall Paintings in English Churches Wednesday 25 January, 6.30 - 9 pm Burns’ Night supper
FEBRUARY Wednesday 8 February, 10.30 am - 1 pm International At Home and Lunchtime Concert Thursday 9 February, 6.30 - 8 pm Meet the Author William Curley : Couture Chocolate Friday 10 February, 7 pm Secondary Schools’ Exchange Reunion please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for further information Thursday 16 February, 6.30 - 8 pm Book Launch Lord Strathcarron : Innocence and War - Mark Twain’s Holy Land Revisited
Wednesday 7 March, 6.30 - 8 pm Meet the Author Alex Preston : The Revelations Monday 12 March, 2.15 pm onwards Commonwealth Day Observance Westminster Abbey Wednesday 14 March, 10.30 am Coffee Morning Thursday 22 March, 12.30 - 2.30 pm Dartmouth House Lunch Martin Bell OBE : For Whom the Bell Tolls Wednesday 28 March The ESU Public Speaking Competition for Schools London Regional Final please contact email@example.com for details Friday 30 March The ESU Mace Debating Competition for Schools England National Final please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for details
APRIL Wednesday 11 April, 10.30 am Coffee Morning Wednesday 11 April, 6.30 - 8 pm Meet the Author Sally Nilsson : The Man Who Sank Titanic? The Troubled Life of Quartermaster Robert Hitchens Wednesday 25 April, 12.30 - 2.30 pm ESU and Mid-Atlantic Club Lunch Dame Mary Richardson DBE - Chairman of the English-Speaking Union
Support our Work The ESU brings together and empowers people of different languages and cultures. We work principally with young people in the UK and internationally, helping them to gain confidence, find their voice and engage in dialogue through the use of English as a shared language. These are school children, students, young adults, teachers and other professionals for whom the ability to communicate effectively in English is a vital skill. We focus increasingly on providing true public benefit by giving ever wider access in schools and elsewhere to the language and communication skills critical to redressing imbalances and disadvantages, whether rooted in ethnic, socio-economic or other causes. We are dependent on the generosity of our members, alumni, donors and sponsors to fund our charitable activities. We are extremely grateful to our corporate supporters who have enabled us to extend our programme of charitable activities across the globe. In addition, we are extremely grateful to those individuals who support our work through their generous donations and involvement with the ESU. If you would like to discuss how you or your organisation can help the ESU, please visit www.esu.org/support-our-work, or call Jo Wedderspoon, Director of Fundraising and Development, on 020 7529 1576.
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The ESU would like to say â€˜Thank youâ€™ to the following individuals, organisations and trusts, without whom we would be unable to run our programme of charitable activities, in the UK and abroad in 2011. Individuals Martin Alderson-Smith Ronald Anderson Anna Antoniouk Donald Attlee Sandra Aughney Roseanna Beeby Donald Best Elenor Bingham Miss P Carlson David Cheeseman Ian Cole Joyce Davidson John Deyes Nancy Dibley Sara Dodd Ken Edwards Sheila Evans Robert Faulkner A M Forbes Dr Forbes Donald Fowler-Watt Mary-Louise Grogan Cristina Gruber Penny Hamilton Rosemary Hayward
Lesley Kay Legacies Bridget Kennedy Christopher Martin-Jenkins MBE The McDougall Estate Naomi McClean Cynthia Potter Legacy Frederick Neitzel Robert Noble ...and all of our ESU Branches Emil Petersen for their continued support. Joanne Conway-Petersen James Pitts Keith Ridway Stanley Rosenthal Juliet Scholes Noel Sloan Karl Snowden Nigel Southon Jean Spiteri D Stephens Eileen Stannard Anthony Strattton Graham Syrett Carole-Anne Trangmar-Palmer Harr James Vale Michael Wallis Simeon Williams George Yip
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