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Bert Jansch and his Peers 7.30pm

Thursday 23 March 2017 £7Book now

A talk by Max Reinhardt

Recognised as one of the great influences on modern fingerstyle playing, Bert Jansch, who is buried in Highgate Cemetery East together with his wife Loren Auerbach, was among the greatest folk guitarists of his generation. Alongside his bandmate John Renbourn, and Davy Graham, he forged a path along which others followed. Echoes of his playing can be found even in great guitarists such as Jimmy Page of Led Zeppelin, who realised Jansch’s style could accompany folk songs in a way which would make them flourish.

Max Reinhardt, who presents BBC3’s Late Junction, will put Jansch into the context of his peers and the music they were making, and will illustrate the talk with examples of their playing.

Doors open 7pm

Sidney Nolan at 100: Still Radical 7.30pm

Tuesday 25 April 2017 £7Book now

A talk by Simon Mundy

Sir Sidney Nolan was born in Melbourne on 22 April 1917, so this talk comes three days after what would have been his 100th birthday.

Nolan was one of Australia’s leading artists of the 20th century. His oeuvre is among the most diverse and prolific in all of modern art. He is best known for his series of paintings on legends from Australian history, most famously Ned Kelly, the bushranger and outlaw. Nolan’s stylised depiction of Kelly’s armour has become an icon of Australian art.

Simon Mundy, poet, novelist, biographer and friend of Nolan, has written a short biography especially for Nolan’s centenary. This talk will cover Nolan’s life and mark the anniversary of his wife Mary’s burial with him in Highgate Cemetery East.

Doors open 7pm

The Marx Memorial Lecture: Marx and The Russian Revolution

Thursday 4 May 2017 £10Book now

A Talk by Professor Stephen Smith

On the eve of Marx’s 199th birthday, Professor Stephen Smith will look into the effect Marx had on the Russian Revolution in 1917.

Professor Smith is Senior Research Fellow at All Souls College, Oxford. His research interests are in the histories of modern Russia and China and in comparative communism. He is currently writing a book on the politics of the supernatural which compares the efforts of communist regimes in the Soviet Union (1917-41) and the People’s Republic of China (1949-76) to eliminate superstition from daily life.

Doors open 7pm