We can’t recommend more highly the following talks for some much needed merriment.
On the 12th June, The Beaumont Hotel is presenting an evening with Annabel Rivkin and Emilie McMeekan, authors of I’m Absolutely Fine!, the first in a literary series bringing together writers to read from their latest books. There is a drinks reception with canapés in the Lotos Room (named after one of the oldest literary clubs in the US) and each guest will receive a copy of the book included in the price of the ticket.
Journalists Annabel Rivkin and Emilie McMeekan founded the frank and very funny website, The Midult in 2016. Annabel has written for The Times and Vogue, whilst Emilie has been Features Editor of the Evening Standard and Deputy Editor of Tatler. Together they write a Midult column in the Saturday Telegraph Magazine and Annabel has a column in the Evening Standard’s ES Magazine. Their first book offers a laugh-out-loud and heartfelt look at what it is to be a grown-up. Expect the same forthright and wry honesty at the talk. Book your tickets here.
Our second don’t-miss talk is by the fascinating and witty Polly Devlin. The writer, broadcaster and filmmaker is talking about her latest book Writing Home and will be interviewed by Carmen Callil, founder of Virago Press, on 4th June. In the book she writes about her childhood deep in the Irish countryside (she was born in a remote “almost medieval area” on the shores of Lough Neagh in Co Tyrone in Ireland; there were no telephones or electricity in the region when she was growing up – as she says: ‘No one born since the sixties in Ireland can know how dark everything was for a great many months of the year’.) At 21 she won a Vogue talent competition and was catapulted into the heart of swinging London working as a Vogue writer and then features editor. She then went on to work in New York for Diana Vreeland on American Vogue and has since been a columnist for The Sunday Times and The Observer. A great raconteur, expect some brilliant stories not least about the people she has known, among them John Lennon, Yoko Ono, Mick Jagger, Peggy Guggenheim, Diana Vreeland (‘as fantastical as a unicorn’), Jean Shrimpton, Bob Dylan and Princess Margaret (who came to dinner and did the washing up). Book your tickets here.