Old Edwardians Biennial Dinner
The 43rd Biennial Dinner will be on Saturday, 29 September 2018 and will be an opportunity for Old Edwardians to catch up over a drinks reception, a concert from the KES Senior Swing Band in the auditorium of the Sir Paul and Lady Ruddock Performing Arts Centre, and a four course dinner in Big School. The evening will conclude with drinks back in the Performing Arts Centre Foyer.
This year's guest speaker is Tom Shippey (1960). The title of Tom's speech is Tolkien's (Almost) Universal Appeal. "Tolkien was in several ways a regional writer, deeply attached to the landscape, people and literary traditions of the West Midlands. Nevertheless, and quite unexpectedly, it turned out that he appealed to everybody - hippies, traditionalists, ecologists, and fan-groups world-wide. The one exception to this was literary critics! I will try to explain both the universal appeal and the solitary exception, as well as the long attachment to Birmingham and the counties around it."
Date: 29 September 2018
Time: 5.30 - 11pm
Place: King Edwards School
Cost: £49.00 until 1 July 2018 and thereafter £59.00