Lawrence of Arabia : His life as author, collector, patron and publisher

Lawrence of Arabia : His life as author, collector, patron and publisher.
presented by the Dorset Branch of the T.E. Lawrence Society 

The program will break down the life of T.E. Lawrence as follows:

John Johnson-Allen asks: Who was T.E. Lawrence and why is he still important today?
Tony Gill describes how his home at Clouds Hill was central to his literary life;
Lorraine Tinsley speaks on the books he carried in the war and their importance to him;
Susan Vincent will talk about Lawrence’s achievements as both an author and translator;
George Thompson speaks on Lawrence’s roles as patron of the visual arts and publisher;
Martin Gething will describe Lawrence’s passion for collecting books and music;
Neill Child will tell us about Lawrence’s literary circle that centered on Clouds Hill; and
Susan Vincent will conclude today’s presentation.

Neill Child—Neill is a local historian and a volunteer guide at Clouds Hill, Dorset, the
cottage once owned by Lawrence and now a writer’s home museum operated by the
U.K. National Trust
Martin Gething—Martin was a research scientist in the UK’s Ministry of Defence for
35 years, with his last ten years spent in organisational management. Since retiring
four years ago Martin has been a volunteer guide with the National Trust at Clouds
Hill, Dorset.
Tony Gill—Tony works on behalf of the National Trust at Clouds Hill, Dorset, where
he oversees the day to day running of the property, ably assisted by a small army of
dedicated volunteers.
John Johnson-Allen— John spent nearly nine years at sea as a navigating officer in the Merchant Navy. He holds an MA in Maritime History, is a Fellow of the Royal
Historical Society and the Royal Institute of Navigation, Chairman of the Institute of
Seamanship, and Chairman of the Judging Panel for the Mountbatten Maritime Book
Award. John has been a member of the T.E. Lawrence Society for over 30 years.
George Thompson—George is an American historian, author and lecturer. He holds
an MFA in Visual Art and an MA in Modern European History and was for over 25
years a professor and dean in higher education.
Lorraine Tinsley—Lorraine is a Canadian writer and local historian who has lived,
worked and travelled throughout the Middle East. She holds an MA in Public
Administration and she is an MA candidate in Public History at the University of
Western Ontario.
Susan Vincent— Susan is a freelance Executive Search Consultant specializing in the Engineering and Marketing worlds globally. Susan has a BSc Hons degree from the University of Exeter, Devon in Politics and Economics and is now completing an MA in Classical Studies from the Open University.

Weds October 7th

3:00 PM — 4:30 PM

via zoom

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League of Women Voters of the Hamptons: 100th anniversary of 19th Amendment

On Wednesday, August 12, at 3 p.m. in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment on August 26, the League of Women Voters of the Hamptons, Shelter Island and North Fork is presenting a Zoom program through the East Hampton (the host) and Westhampton libraries, featuring historian Antonia Petrash, creator of a PowerPoint titled “To Win the Vote: A Lifetime of Struggle” about the long and dramatic path to woman’s suffrage in 1920. Ms Petrash, who has spoken at libraries and historical societies throughout Long Island, is the author of the book “Long Island and the Woman Suffrage Movement” and is the retired director of the Glen Cove Public Library. At program’s end, to show how far women have come in the past century, the League will acknowledge the current women elected officials in the Towns/villages of East Hampton and the villages of Southampton.

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Live Poetry Reading: Poets, Daniel Hays, Carolyn Bistrian, Dee Slavutin

See and hear local poets from East Hampton NY, read their latest poems. The poets are listed below:
August 9
6 pm

Dan Hays
Carolyn Bistrian
Dee Slavutin

Dan Hays‘ is an East Hampton Village resident who has been a member of the Poets Workshop for several years. Before moving out to East Hampton full-time he worked in New Jersey and New York City as a reporter and editor for a variety of news outlets including The Daily News, Reuters and The Star Ledger. He is the son of the writer and poet H.R. Hays.

Carolyn Bistrian, a local potter and artist in various media, has been living and teaching in East Hampton since 1979. Writing poetry has been a lifelong endeavor, and writing with the Poetry Group has been a much needed challenge and a great pleasure.

Dee Slavutin lives in New York city and East Hampton. For the last few years Dee has organized the East Hampton Poetry Marathon which is now in its 25th year. Her first collection Wingspan: Search for Food is available on Amazon. She is a financial advisor and insurance professional with a boutique firm in New York City called Stern Slavutin-2 Inc.

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Live Poetry Reading: Poets, Pauline Yeats, Carole Stone, Rosalind Brenner

See and hear local poets from East Hampton NY, read their latest poems. The poets are listed below:
August 2
6 pm

Pauline Yeats
Carole Stone
Rosalind Brenner


Pauline Yeats is a designer, artist and poet based in East Hampton, N.Y. Her clothing design won Coty Awards, and her Flatiron showroom | gallery was a New York design world destination for many years. Pauline’s furniture and art grace homes around the world. The creative focus and inspiration in all her work is how we create our lives and world “from the inside out.” Her poetry reflects that lifelong inquiry. Pauline now spends her time creating, writing, speaking, and running SanePlanet, a foundation she began to lend a helping hand to Mother Earth.

Carole Stone is Distinguished Professor of English and creative writing, emerita, Montclair State University, Carole Stone’s poetry collections include HURT: THE SHADOW, ALL WE HAVE IS OUR VOICE, Dos Madres Press, AMERICAN RHAPSODY Cavankerry Press, and TRAVELING WITH THE DEAD, Backwaters Press. Recent journal publications include Crosswinds, Sequestrum, Pen and Brush. Her work has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize. She received three Fellowships from The New Jersey State Council on the Arts. She divides her time between Springs, East Hampton and Verona, New Jersey.

Rosalind Brenner, Sarah Lawrence MFA 2009, is a poet, glass artist and painter. Her words and images combine imagination and memory and she has been called by reviewers an “energy painter.” Her poetry books are: All That’s Left, Art House Press 2010, which combines her art and poetry, a chapbook, Omega’s Garden, Finishing Line Press 2011, and her latest book, Every Glittering Chimera, Blue Light Press, 2020. Her poetry is in many magazines and journals. Rosalind owns East Hampton Art House Bed & Breakfast in East Hampton, NY. She moved to eastern Long Island from New York City because she loves to swim and the scent of fresh air.

August 9
6 pm

Dan Hays
Carolyn Bistrian
Dee Slavutin

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Live Event: Bill Boggs “The Adventures of Spike the Wonder Dog: as told to Bill Boggs”

July 28th at 7 PM
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“Spike is a very funny English Bull Terrier with a keen comedic eye for human foibles. He rockets to TV and internet fame after appearing on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, along with his master Bud, who hosts a local morning show in High Point, North Carolina. Spike and Bud soon hit the fast track to bigger stardom when Bud signs on for a talk show in New York City and they embark on an endless stream of mind-boggling adventures.” (provided by publisher)

Here are just a few of the rave reviews “Spike” is getting

“A quick escape from life’s stresses with this funny and witty read. Bill Boggs has written a satire populated with a cast of characters worthy of a hit comedy.”
—Talia Carter, author of The Third Daughter, Hotel Moscow, Jerusalem Maiden, and others.

“OMG! Who could write such an outrageous novel? Spike the Wonder Dog! With a little help from his pal, the raconteur Bill Boggs, Spike has gotten his memoirs down (on a better grade of paper than most pets get). His dog-eared hearing picks up the bizarre sounds of people being their fallible human selves, and his soft canine eyes see more than is probably good for him. Spike the Wonder Dog is an irreverent hoot.”
—Susan Isaacs, New York Times Bestselling Author

“The Adventures of Spike the Wonder Dog is so smart, witty, and inventive that I had to keep reminding myself that I didn’t write it.”
—Alan Zweibel, Original SNL writer and Thurber Prize winning author of The Other Shulman

“Bill Boggs and his friend Spike the Wonder Dog unleash comedic wizardry in this madcap, highly entertaining, satirical novel. Spike is the newest canine literary hero to take on the world with hilarious results.”
—Winston Groom, author of Forrest Gump

Bill Boggs is an Emmy Award-winning TV talk show host and producer, an author and professional speaker. His Off-Broadway play, Talk Show Confidential, and novel, At First Sight, were optioned for a screenplay inspired by his life. He began his career as a comedy writer, and his comic novel, The Adventures of Spike the Wonder Dog: As Told to Bill Boggs, reflects strong observational comedy chops. He has written essays for The New York Times Sunday Magazine and travel articles also for The Times.

Live Event: Book Discussion “The Mountains Sing” by Nguyễn Phan Quế Mai

“With the epic sweep of Min Jin Lee’s Pachinko or Yaa Gyasi’s Homegoing and the lyrical beauty of Vaddey Ratner’s In the Shadow of the Banyan, The Mountains Sing tells an enveloping, multigenerational tale of the Trần family, set against the backdrop of the Việt Nam War. Trần Diệu Lan, who was born in 1920, was forced to flee her family farm with her six children during the Land Reform as the Communist government rose in the North. Years later in Hà Nội, her young granddaughter, Hương, comes of age as her parents and uncles head off down the Hồ Chí Minh Trail to fight in a conflict that tore not just her beloved country, but her family apart.” – Amazon.

MAY 7th

3-4 PM

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LIVE EVENT: MYSTERY BOOK TALK “Please Pass the Guilt” – Rex Stout

Join us for a virtual book discussion via zoom of Rex Stouts novel “Please Pass the Guilt”

“A bomb explodes in the desk drawer of a top TV executive. Was it intended for him or the man who opened the drawer? They each had enemies enough to die a dozen times over. Was it the jealous wife or the ambitious partner? The secretary who got passed around like an inter-office memo? Or the man who couldn’t wash the blood off his hands? Nero Wolfe didn’t want any part of it—but he was up to his neck in the toughest case of his career!” (Amazon)

3 PM Thurs April 30th

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Sci Fic Book Talk VIA Zoom – Friday by Robert Heinlein

“Friday is a secret courier. She is employed by a man known to her only as ‘Boss’. Operating from and over a near-future Earth, in which North America has become Balkanized into dozens of independent states, where culture has become bizarrely vulgarized and chaos is the happy norm, she finds herself on shuttlecock assignment at Boss’ seemingly whimsical behest. From New Zealand to Canada, from one to another of the new states of America’s disunion, she keeps her balance nimbly with quick, expeditious solutions to one calamity and scrape after another.” (provided by publisher)

WEDS 4/29

Live on Zoom

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