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In conversation with Professor Dame Mary Beard

Story added 27th Feb 2020

Professor Dame Mary Beard


City Lit have made the decision to postpone ‘In conversation with Professor Dame Mary Beard’ on 22 April 2020. We have taken this decision with the health and wellbeing of our community and in light of the current Covid-19 status. We realise that this will be disappointing, however, we hope that you understand why we have taken this decision. We hope to re-schedule for a later date this year.

We are delighted to welcome Professor Dame Mary Beard, to discuss her life and career with City Lit Principal, Mark Malcomson CBE.

Wednesday 22 April 2020, 18:30-20:30
John Lyon's Theatre, City Lit, 1-10 Keeley Street, London WC2B 4BA

This lively discussion will conclude with an audience Q&A, followed by the presentation of Mary's Fellowship Award, to celebrate her newest achievement of becoming a City Lit Lifetime Fellow. Please join us afterwards for a glass of wine and the book signing. Books can be purchased at the event.

£30.00 - Ticket price includes a drink after the event.
General Admission 18:30-20:30 (doors open 18:00)

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Please let us know if you have any specific support needs at least two weeks in advance of the event, we appreciate your help in planning.  Access: Visitors who require assistance may bring a companion free of charge. There are limited companion tickets available.

All proceeds raised will go to towards the Student Bursary. Each year, over 1000 students apply for help with course fees, materials, and assistance with travel and family care. Your gift makes sure that financial need isn’t a barrier to education.

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Mary Beard - Biog

Mary Beard is one of Britain's best-known Classicists - a distinguished Professor of Classics at the University of Cambridge and Fellow of Newnham College. She has written numerous books on the Ancient World, including the 2008 Wolfson Prize-winner, Pompeii: The Life of a Roman Town. In addition, Mary has presented highly-acclaimed TV series, Meet the Romans and Rome – Empire without Limit, as well as documentaries on Pompeii, Caligula and Julius Caesar, and is a regular broadcaster and media commentator.

Mary is also Classics editor of the Times Literary Supplement and writes a thought-provoking blog, A Don's Life. In 2015 Mary published the critically-acclaimed SPQR – A History of Ancient Rome and more recently Women & Power examining the silencing of women across the millennia. Her books are translated into many languages and she has a significant following all over the world. She was a presenter for the landmark BBC TV Civilisations series and has published a book based on her episodes.

In addition Mary hosts the BBC’s TV arts show, Front Row Late and has recently been awarded the J Paul Getty medal for her contribution to the Arts. Mary is a Fellow of the British Academy and was made an OBE in the New Year’s Honours List 2013 for services to Classical scholarship and was awarded the further honour of Dame in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List 2018.

Mary’s recent two-part documentary, Shock of the Nude was broadcast on BBC Two in February 2020.

Mary Beard Twitter


The John Lyon's Theatre