Events of interest to our members form an important part of the Anglo-Swedish Society's agenda. Some 12-15 are organized every year and highlighted in our newsletters, produced three times yearly. Although there is often an obvious Swedish connection, we take the view that members meeting up and getting to know each other is the key factor in these popular get-togethers. The events are often combined with a lunch, dinner or evening drinks. To apply for ticket, go to the Payment section.


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Anglo-Danish Dinner – POSTPONED

22 October 2020 (18:30 - 18:20)
Tower of London,


Anglo-Swedish Society members are invited to join the Anglo-Danish Society at their next black tie dinner at the Headquarters of The Princess of Wales’s Royal Regiment in the historic setting inside the Tower of London where we have unique and exclusive access.

Pre-dinner drinks will be served in the Fusilier Museum from 6.30pm, followed by dinner in the Officers’ Mess Dining Room with hosts from the Regiment. The aim is to also attend the very popular, ancient and most atmospheric Ceremony of the Keys at 9.53pm precisely.

Dress code: Black Tie with medals

Price to be confirmed.

Enquiries: Bette Broyd, Honorary Secretary

It was hoped that this event could go ahead as planned but due to the Covid-19 threat and current restrictions the Anglo-Danish Society has had to postpone this event until October 2021

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CoScan AGM

28 October 2020 (15:00 - 4:00)
Zoom, 5 Upper Montagu Street

The Anglo-Swedish Society is a proud member organisation of the Confederation of Scandinavian Societies. CoScan’s AGM was due to be held in Gothenburg in the spring but was postponed and will now be held via Zoom.

Although voting rights at the meeting are accorded only to organisations, individual members of the Anglo-Swedish Society and affiliated organisations are warmly welcome to attend and to speak.

An agenda will be posted when it has been finalised. The minutes from the last meeting will be published at the same time.

If you would like to attend, please contact Michael Davis:

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Animals that no one but us has seen

28 October 2020 (17:30 - 18:30)
Zoom, 5 Upper Montagu Street

Linda Bondestam will talk to us about her work as an illustrator of children’s books and as an artist and author. She will also read some of the delightful poetry in the books that she has illustrated.

Linda Bondestam is one of the Nordic’s Countries’ best-known artists, illustrators and authors. Swedish-Finnish, she lives and was born in Helsinki and studied Illustration at Kingston University. Her illustrations are full of fun and playfulness, but, at the same time, she has the ability to treat difficult subjects with sensitivity.

Her illustrations of the text by Ulf Stark of Djur som igen set utom vi (Animals that No-one Has Seen Except Us) was awarded the Snöbollen Priset in 2016 for Swedish Picture Book of the Year. The book was also awarded The Nordic Council Children and Young People’s Literature Prize in 2017 and was nominated for the August Prize in 2019. In 2016 Linda was the first recipient of the Vanessapriset for children’s and young people’s literature. The jury referred to the colourful joy of her work, her storytelling talent and her artistic versatility and courage.

Linda has illustrated numerous books including those by Stella Parlands and Ulf Stark and in 2019 made her debut as a writer, with the publication of God natt på jorden (Good Night on Earth) which she both wrote and illustrated. The book will be available in English next Spring. It comprises a collection of goodnight stories for children and in it, Linda creates in word and image a very special universe for children.

The much-praised Silkesapans skratt (Silk Monkey’s Laughter) published in 2019, is a departure from her previous books. Annika Sandelin’s text and Linda’s illustrations depict the love and friendship between the tapir and the silk monkey, until the silk monkey becomes sick and dies. The grief of the tapir is dealt with in a sensitive but unsentimental way. The illustrations are bright and colourful, and the purpose of the book is to help young children come to terms with the pain and grief of sickness and death.

In 2018 Linda was elected as a member of the Board of the Swedish Children’s Book Academy as its first Swedish-Finnish member. Coming at the same time as the appointment of Tua Forsström as the first Swedish-Finnish member of the Board of the Swedish Academy, it is a welcome recognition of the standing of Swedish-Finnish literature.

Please register by email and login details will be sent nearer the time:


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Annual General Meeting

6 November 2020 (18:30 - 18:55)
Zoom, 5 Upper Montagu Street

The 2020 Annual General Meeting will be held via Zoom, immediately before the Gustavus Adolphus Day event. An agenda will be published shortly.

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Gustavus Adolphus Day

6 November 2020 (19:00 - 20:00)
Zoom, 5 Upper Montagu Street

Meet past and present Anglo-Swedish Society scholars and distinguished designers at a virtual Gustavus Adolphus Day celebration. Details to follow!

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The Phantom Carriage

1 December 2020 (19:00 - 20:15)
Zoom, 5 Upper Montagu Street

Dr Claire Thomson (UCL) will give a talk on the classic Swedish film The Phantom Carriage (Körkarlen in Swedish, literally ‘the coachman’). This talk marks the centenary of the première of the film on 1 January 1921. Adapted from the 1912 novella by Selma Lagerlöf, The Phantom Carriage is considered to be one of the most important works of the silent cinema and of its director Victor Sjöström. Sjöström is often referred to as the father of Swedish cinema and was a great influence on Ingmar Bergman who cast him in what is now his best known role, as Professor Isak Borg in Wild Strawberries (Smultronstället, 1957).

In The Phantom Carriage, Sjöström, in addition to directing the film, plays the leading part, David Holm. Technically, the film was well ahead of its time, with innovative special effects, deep focus and flashbacks within flashbacks, that remain effective and evocative today. The film is based on a legend that the last person to die on New Year’s Eve is doomed to take the reins of Death’s carriage and spend the whole year collecting the souls of the dead. David Holm is an alcoholic scoundrel who has abandoned his family and rejected the help offered to him by the Salvation Army. Just before midnight on New Year’s Eve he is killed in a brawl with another drunk. He becomes an apparition and is forced to revisit his past in a series of flashbacks.

Claire Thomson is Associate Professor of Scandinavian Film and Director of Film Studies at UCL. Claire often features The Phantom Carriage in her teaching, and the film never fails to enthral students from all over the world. Claire is the author of the books Thomas Vinterberg’s Festen (Seattle, 2013), Short Films from a Small Nation (Edinburgh, 2018), and co-editor of A History of Danish Cinema (Edinburgh, 2021).

Selma Lagerlöf’s novella The Phantom Carriage is available in English from Norvik Press, translated by Peter Graves.


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Valborg 2021

30 April 2021 (19:00 - 23:30)
Travellers Club, 106 Pall Mall, London SW1Y 5E

Having skipped a year due to the Covid-19 outbreak, members and guests are invited to return to the Society’s favourite location for the annual Valborg dinner: Charles Barry’s historic and exquisite library at the Travellers Club.

We will welcome spring with singing and laughter and one of our music scholars will perform.

Dresscode: Suit and tie

£40 (25 & under)/ £90 (member)/ £100 (non-member)