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.
Selma Lagerlöf – A Wonderful Adventure
4 August 2020 (19:00 - 20:00)
Zoom, 5 Upper Montagu Street
Paul Bindiing is a literary critic, novelist, and a renowned expert in Scandinavian literature. A lifelong passion for Scandinavian literature and a determination to go to Sweden began when he was given a copy of Selma Lagerlöf’s most universally famous book, Nils Holgersson’s Wonderful Journey, for his tenth birthday. Paul describes Selma Lagerlöf (1858-1940) as a truly great writer, profound, original and virtuous. She was the first woman to be awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature and to become a member of the Swedish Academy. Nils Holgersson’s Wonderful Journey has been recently translated into English by Peter Graves. Reviewing the translation in the Times Literary Supplement, Paul Binding wrote, ‘The Personal is the geographical, the geographical becomes the personal, and Peter Graves’ superb, attentively faithful new rendering of Selma Lagerlöf’s masterpiece makes us understand this truth afresh’.
After spending his early childhood in Germany, Paul returned to England and studied English literature at Oxford. A former managing editor for Oxford University Press and an editor for the New Statesman, he frequently contributes reviews to the Times Literary Supplement and The Literary Review. He is the author of a prize-winning full-length study Hans Christian Andersen, European Witness and is the translator of Andersen’s The Ice Virgin and A Story from the Dunes. His novel The Stranger from the Sea (2019) draws on Ibsen’s Lady from the Sea. Paul will be accompanied by Sophie Nilsson who will read passages from Selma Lagerlöf’s writings. The talk will covers all years of Lagerlöf’s productivity, from the phenomenal successful early work, Gösta Berlings Saga, to the masterpieces of her later years, above all the superb trilogy, The Löwensköld Ring and her recreation of her childhood home, Mårbacka. The Norvik Press has, in recent years, issued a series of fine new translations of Lagerlöf’s major fiction.
This FREE talk is open to members AND non-members. Please register by email and login details will be sent nearer the time.
Sweden and the Nordic Nations – a Baltic Perspective
9 September 2020 (19:00 - 20:00)
Zoom, 5 Upper Montagu Street
We very pleased to announce that Caroline Boggis-Rolfe, noted lecturer and historian, has accepted an invitation to give a Zoom talk on “Sweden and the Nordic nations – a Baltic perspective”.
Caroline recently published a major book “The Baltic Story: A Thousand-Year History of Its Lands, Seas and Peoples“ (Amberley Publishing 2019) which received great reviews. We will also be talking with her more broadly in a Q+A session after her lecture. David Goldsmith and Eric Orlowski will be on hand to try to ensure that the whole evening is both memorable and informative.
Attendance is open to members of the Anglo-Swedish Society and sister societies abroad. Please register by email and login details will be sent nearer the time:
10 October 2020 (19:00 - 23:59)
Frimurarhuset in Gothenburg, Södra Hamngatan 32
Members the Anglo-Swedish Society are now able to attend events held by our sister society in Gothenburg as reciprocal members. The 100th anniversary of the Anglo-Swedish Society of Gothenburg was due to be held at Frimurarhuset on Södra Hamngatan on 10th Oct 2020 but has been postponed due to Covid-19.
The new date will be announced as soon as it is set.
22 October 2020 (18:30 - 18:53)
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: firstname.lastname@example.org Bette Broyd, Honorary Secretary
Please pay the Anglo-Danish Society, National Westminster Bank, Sort Code 55-70-13 Account No 78325285.
Payment reference: Your name and event (essential for identification),.
Alternatively, you can pay by cheque made out to ‘Anglo-Danish Society’ and send it to Mr Alan Davey, Hon. Treasurer, 40 Princes Way, Hutton, Brentwood CM13 2JW
It is hoped that this event can go ahead as planned.
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
16 June 2021 (10:30 - 18:00)
Ascot Racecourse, High Street
In 2019, the City University Club invited members of the Anglo-Swedish Society and their guests to join them at Royal Ascot, and it is hoped that this will be repeated in 2021.
If so, tickets will include access to the club’s marquee, the Queen Anne Enclosure and a picnic for two.
10.30am – Gates Open (able to access the Silks Lawn)
2.00pm – Royal Procession
2.30pm – First Race
5.35pm – Last Race
6.00pm – Bar Closes
Ascot Racecourse, High Street
Approximate price per person: £250 per person (£100 Deposit)
If you are interested in attending this event, please contact the City University Club Secretary via 020 7862 6681 or