Newsletter June 2017


Dear members,

Our second year as British Society Deventer is lying behind us. A new programme for the season 2017-2018 has been organised, you will find it in this Newsletter. Highlight of this year was undoubtedly the talk on Russia and South Eastern Europe John Pilkington gave in January.

Newsletter February/ March 2017

NEWSLETTER February March 2017
Dear members,
After John Pilkington’s fascinating talk on Russia on 22 January it is now time to give you details of what is next on our programme. On Saturday 11 February a private film viewing with Tea will be organized at Filmhuis De Keizer at 14.00 pm, doors open at 13.30 pm. The film A Street Cat named Bob will be shown.

Newsletter December 2016/January 2017


Dear members,

As the  Festive Season will be upon us soon, of which Jos Paardekooper’s talk on Dickens in America on 20 November is already a precursor, the committee would like to remind you of the annual Christmas event with film and Tea at filmhuis de Keizer.


Newsletter September 2016


Dear members,

Welcome to the second year of British Society Deventer’s existence. We look back upon a satisfactory year of our new English club. The change to a different venue, De Schalm and to mostly, Sunday afternoons for our talks has proved to be a good one.

Shakespeare’s Literary Lives: The Author as Character in Fiction & Film

Shakespeare’s Literary Lives: The author as Character in Fiction & Film

Sunday 12th March 2017, 3 pm


paul_franssen_smallPaul Franssen (1955) is a lecturer in older English literature at the English Department of Utrecht University. He has written many articles on the works of Shakespeare and his contemporaries, co-edited scholarly volumes of articles on Shakespeare and War (Palgrave, 2008) and Shakespeare and European Politics (Associated University Press, 2008), and has recently published a monograph on Shakespeare as a literary character, entitled Shakespeare’s Literary Lives (Cambridge University Press, 2016).

On 23 April 2016, we celebrated the four hundredth anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death (1564-1616). Dr. Paul Franssen will speak about the genius of Shakespeare. After a brief biographical introduction, he will first address Shakespeare’s rise to canonical status, both in the UK and on the Continent, particularly the Low Countries. Finally, he will investigate Shakespeare’s current fame, and ask what is its basis? Continue reading

Russia and Europe: What Next?

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Sunday 22nd January 2017, 3 pm


John Pilkington has been called “one of Britain’s greatest tellers of travellers’ tales”.
In 1983, after journeys in Africa and Latin America, he completed a 500-mile solo crossing of the western Nepal Himalaya, and told the story in his first book Into Thin Air. His interest in Asia grew further with the opening in 1986 of the border between Pakistan and China, making it possible – for the first time in forty years – to retrace virtually the whole of the Silk Road. John was one of the first modern travellers to do so, and he wrote about the journey in An Adventure on the Old Silk Road. This was followed in 1991 by An Englishman in Patagonia; recounting eight months spent exploring the southern most tip of South America.
In 2000 he became one of only four people in modern times to walk the 1,600-mile Royal Road of the Incas in the Andes of Ecuador and Peru. In 2003 he explored the Mekong River and, with two Tibetans, reached and mapped its source at over 17,000 feet. In 2006 he turned his attention to the Sahara Desert, and joined a camel caravan carrying salt for 450 miles from the mines of Taoudenni to Timbuktu.

Passions are running high in Ukraine and the breakaway states of the Caucasus. Vladimir Putin’s adventures in Ukraine took the West rather by surprise. But in some ways I think they followed a pattern that goes back more than a century to the legendary ‘Great Game’ between Russia and Britain in Victorian times. Continue reading

Travels with Charles

Travels with Charles by Jos Paardekooper

Sunday 20th November 2016, 3 pm


imagesJos Paardekooper (1949) has been employed in Higher Vocational Education in Deventer since 1975 after completing his studies of Dutch language and literature and Philosophy of Language at Leiden University, originally as a teacher of Dutch language and literature, but later as a teacher of Culture and Society. He frequently delivers talks and publishes in the field of cultural history and literature. From 2007-2009 he was Poet of the City of Deventer. He has been studying the Russian language for a few years.

Charles Dickens made two long journeys through the United States. Even during his first journey (1842/43), when he had only published a few famous novels, he was not only a legend in England but also on the other side of the Atlantic. His experiences with the “new world”, which were not only positive, were laid down in a delightful travelogue, American Notes, which was published shortly after his return to England. Continue reading

BBC – its Past, its Future and its Relationship with Holland

Photo Lis HowellBBC – its Past, its Future and its Relationship with Holland by Lis Howell

Sunday 30th October 2016, 3 pm


Lis Howell is a major award-winning journalist and broadcasting executive who has worked for BBC, ITV, Channel 4, and Sky News. She was Senior Vice-President at Flextech Television (later Virgin Media) where she founded Living TV, now a key channel on Sky.

Prior to that she was Managing Editor of Sky News where she produced their coverage of the first Gulf War from Saudi Arabia and Kuwait. She won a Royal Television Society Award for coverage of the Lockerbie disaster from ITV Border when she was the first female Head of News at ITV.

She was a television reporter and presenter at Granada and Tyne Tees and began her career in journalism as a producer and reporter at BBC Radio Leeds. In 1999 she chaired the Guardian International Edinburgh Television Festival. In 2001 she attended the prestigious Harvard Business School Advanced Management Programme. Continue reading