Thursday, September 22, 2016


...gathered for a meeting of The Keys, the Catholic Writers' Guild, last night, at the new venue: Farm Street, London's famous Jesuit church.  Superb evening.  Speaker was Jessie Childs, on her new book God's Traitors: Terror and Faith in Elizabethan England.

The Keys was for many decades based in or around Fleet Street, meeting at various Fleet Street pubs, and then with great success for a long while at our Guild Church, St Etheldreda's, Ely Place.  The demise of Fleet Street as the HQ of Britain's newspaper industry sent us to St Mary Moorfields, again a popular home where we flourished.  I wasn't sure that we would feel so conmfortable in Mayfair...but we cerainly are, and it was a wonderful. Mass in the magnificent church, a talkative and convivial dinner in a local restaurant, and then we gathered in Farm Street's comfortable panelled hall with coffee and chocs.

Jessie Childs' lecture was a tour de force - packed with facts, superb delivery, and a great sense of vigour and enthusiasm. A young and talented writer and researcher, with a careful attention to truth and to detail, with a most engaginbg and refreshing style. An evening to remember. The story of Lord Vaux ( "a sort of  Lord Emsworth in a ruff") and his daughters and grandddaughter, was particularly fascinating.

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