Events and Meetings
The following meetings are planned for the 2018 to 2019 season. All meetings start at 7.30 pm in Macclesfield Library.
Meetings are usually open to both members and non-members; however non-members pay a £5 entrance fee. 18s and under are normally admitted without charge, but if a large number are planning to come please could you contact us first (see Contacts).
For some of the talks that have already taken place you can click on the title for a summary.
Thursday, 13th September 2018
Where the Wild Winds Are
Writer and traveller Nick Hunt spoke to the society about his first book in 2016. He returns to start our season with a talk based on his second book. Where the Wild Winds Are is the story of following Europe’s winds.
Tuesday, 16th October 2018
The elephant in the room is big, orange and noisy. Jon Herbert is a senior lecturer at Keele University's Research Institute for the Social Sciences. He has a particular interest in the American Presidency and the US government as a whole.
The AGM will follow the talk and discussion.
Thursday, 15th November 2018
Why Edit Literary Texts?
Marcus Walsh was a Professor of English literature at Birmingham and Liverpool Universities. A literary editor by profession and inclination, he has edited works by Christopher Smart and Jonathan Swift. Currently he is a General Editor and volume editor for the OUP Writings of Alexander Pope.
Thursday, 17th January 2019
Mary Shelley shared the Romantic era's fascination with what makes a human self. In this talk Fiona Sampson, author of the acclaimed biography In Search of Mary Shelley, explores the Romantic ideas through the prism of Shelley's life and work, including her novel Frankenstein.
Thursday, 14th February 2019
Sarah Clarke Wood.
Computers and Computing: a History (NOTE CHANGE OF SPEAKER AND TITLE)
Computers are vital to the modern world, but how did we get here? Dr Roger Noble, formerly a software engineer at Jodrell Bank, presents a (mostly) British perspective on the history of Computers.
Wednesday, 10th April 2019
James Watt and Industrial Britain
2019 is the 200th anniversary of steam engine pioneer James Watt's death. Dr Malcolm Dick is director of the Centre for West Midlands History at Birmingham University, and he has published books on Joseph Priestley, Matthew Boulton and John Baskerville.
Tuesday, 7th May 2019
The Scottish Clearances: Journeying to the Land of Freedom
Fleur Houston has ancestral roots in the Scottish Highlands. She is a graduate of Aberdeen, Oxford and Cambridge universities and a minister of the United Reformed Church. Her book, You Shall Love the Stranger as Yourself: the Bible, Refugees and Asylum, draws on her extensive experience of refugee issues.