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Author Archives: Annie Hedington

Anniversaries, ashes, endings

What we call the beginning is often the end And to make an end is to make a beginning. The end is where we start from. T.S. Eliot (1888-1965) from Four Quarters IV 1942 September has been my favourite month for as long as I can remember. It still comes with the frisson of excitement, … Continue reading »

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The lives we Forgot to Remember

In relation to the centenary of the Great War we were, as the Chairman reminded us, half way through the period of thirty seven days between the gunshot that killed Archduke Franz Josef and the outbreak of full scale hostilities. We were at the British Library for an evening panel discussion on The Forgotten Soldiers. … Continue reading »

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Zeppelin Nights

Jerry White is a social historian and Visiting Professor of London History at Birkbeck College, University of London. He is perhaps best known for his trilogy of histories of London in the eighteenth to twentieth centuries. His latest book, Zeppelin Nights: London in the First World War was published by Bodley Head on 1st May … Continue reading »

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A family not at War (much)

The Great War centenary commemorations are something of an embarrassment for me.  The obvious family war stories are lacking among my ancestors. In particular, no-one was an acknowledged hero, and nobody died.  I suppose one could regard Nana’s sister, Ethel, as a war death, at a stretch. She died in 1918, in the Spanish Flu … Continue reading »

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Present Past

Note: reposted from November as some text was lost then. The campus has acquired even more buildings since I last visited. Accretions cover the original 1970s Brutalist concrete. In my mind, I can see through them to the campus landscape in which I worked for over 25 years.  I realise, with a sudden jolt, that … Continue reading »

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Wolfson Centre for Life Writing – Conference 20-22 September 2013

Notes from the conference organised by the Wolfson Centre for Life Writing, held at Wolfson College, Oxford, 20-22 September. I was disappointed that the organisers and presenters did not provide synopses of the papers presented, and there are are no plans to publish collectively. However, two of the three plenary lectures, one of the two … Continue reading »

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Sussex Land Girls – from 1917

Conference organised by the Wolfson Centre for Life Writing, held at Wolfson College, Oxford, 20-22 September 2013. The Land Army – Girls with backbone and breeches by Annie Hedrington. Amy de la Haye curated an exhibition on the Sussex Land Girls in Brighton, in 2009, telling their story through their uniform. I wish I had seen it. … Continue reading »

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New Life in Life Writing: Part 3 – Questions from the Audience

Notes from a discussion, held at Senate House, 15 May 2013 Chair: Max Saunders: Professor of English at Kings College; Co-Director of the Centre for Life Writing Research. Michael Holroyd: CV on literature.britishcouncil.org. Sarah Bakewell: her first biography:- How to live: a Life of Montaigne in one question and twenty answers. Wendy Moffat: American, Professor … Continue reading »

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New Life in Life Writing: Part 2 – Specific issues

Notes from a discussion, held at Senate House, 15 May 2013 Chair: Max Saunders: Professor of English at Kings College; Co-Director of the Centre for Life Writing Research. Michael Holroyd: CV on literature.britishcouncil.org. Sarah Bakewell: her first biography:- How to live: a Life of Montaigne in one question and twenty answers. Wendy Moffat: American, Professor … Continue reading »

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New Life in Life Writing: a discussion held at Senate House on 15 May 2013

Chair: Max Saunders: Professor of English at Kings College; Co-Director of the Centre for Life Writing Research; Convenor of the MA in Life Writing. Edits the annual series of Ford Maddox Ford Studies. Michael Holroyd: doyen of British literary biographers. See his CV on literature.britishcouncil.org. His latest biography (said to be his last) had mixed … Continue reading »

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