The Annual Katherine Mansfield Birthday Lecture 2012 held at 43 Gordon Square Birkbeck, University of London, 14th October 2012
The third annual Katherine Mansfield birthday lecture, this year held on the very day of her birth on 14th October 1888, was introduced by co-organiser of the event, Janet Wilson – and presented to a packed audience by internationally acclaimed authors Sally Vickers, Ali Smith and Susan Sellers.
The title of the lecture was The Legacy of Katherine Mansfield. It was a perfect afternoon from start to finish, held in Gordon Square in the heart of Bloomsbury, in the former library of John Maynard Keynes, a setting which would have been familiar to Mansfield who lived nearby with John Middleton Murry in Gower Street for some months.
Three huge paintings by Vanessa Bell still hang on the walls. The sun shone through the trees in the garden square outside as the audience were captivated by the three speakers! There was even the spontaneous popping of champagne corks as the talks reached their conclusion and all were agreed that Katherine Mansfield˙s sense of humour is still going strong!
The event was co-sponsored by Birkbeck, the University of Northampton and the Open University and the Katherine Mansfield Society would like to record its gratitude for making it possible. Photos of the occasion can be seen on the Katherine Mansfield Society’s website. Copies of the lecture booklet are available to purchase for a modest sum from the Society˙s shop.