50th Anniversary of John Wyndham's Death

 

THERE IS TO BE A 50TH ANNIVERSARY COMMEMORATION OF THE DEATH OF JOHN WYNDHAM ON MONDAY, 11 MARCH 2019.  He died on Tuesday, 11 March 1969.

It will consist of a talk by David Ketterer and Ken Smith on Wyndham and the Penn Club where he lived from 1924 to 1943 and from 1946 to 1963 followed by drinks and food at a pub on the nearby Store Street, a street which figures on page 98 of the Penguin edition of The Day of the Triffids.

David Ketterer has more or less completed a full scale critical biography entitled TROUBLE WITH TRIFFIDS: THE LIFE AND FICTION OF JOHN WYNDHAM.  Ken Smith previously did extensive research but abandoned his projected biography because he could not establish the actual place where Wyndham was born.  He did interview a number of people who knew John Wyndham Parkes Lucas Beynon Harris and are now deceased including Wyndham's fellow long-time Penn Club resident and eventual 1963 wife, the school teacher Grace Isabel [Wilson] Harris.

Anyone who is interested is invited to gather outside the Penn Club at 21-23 Bedford Place, London W.C.1 (near the British Museum) at 6.00 pm on Monday, 11 March 2019.  We shall move to seating in the Penn Club lounge around 6.15 pm for the talk and questions.  Around 7.00 pm we shall walk to The College Arms at 18 Store Street (near Senate House).

 

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The Penn Club

The Penn Club and The College Arms locations