Anthony Powell Annual Lecture 2009
Saturday 28 November 2009
Anthony Powell's Dance:
One Historian's Inspiration, Exasperation, Consolation
to be given by David Kynaston
Venue: The Wallace Collection
Hertford House, Manchester Square, London, W1
Time: 1830 hrs
Booking essential: Tickets £10 (which includes a glass of wine after the lecture) from The Wallace Collection on 020 7563 9551 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
David Kynaston is author of the widely acclaimed Austerity Britain, first part of Tales of a New Jerusalem, his multi-volume social history of post-war Britain. Volume 2, Family Britain, covering the period 1951-57, will be published in early November.
David has said he "envisaged the project as owing something to two types of artistic inspiration: the thickly textured panorama of a 19th century "loose, baggy monster" realist novel, with perhaps a dash of Frith's Derby Day painting; and the roman-fleuve of Anthony Powell's A Dance to the Music of Time novels".
In his lecture David offers a personal response to Powell's sequence and reflects on the value of historical fiction.
Austerity Britain won the Yorkshire Post award for best non-fiction book in 2008.