Event 25

Thursday 9th November 2023 | 12 noon

Event 25 | Jane Wellesley | Blue Eyes and a Wild Spirit


Jane Wellesley – Blue Eyes and a Wild Spirit – A Life of Dorothy Wellesley

The poet Dorothy Wellesley (1889-1956) was a woman ahead of her time. She flouted the conventions of her class and gender, unwilling to accept the patriarchal rules of her upbringing and marriage. Sometimes reckless, often vulnerable, she was both crusader and casualty and censored for her independence and bisexuality. Jane Wellesley will focus on the important relationships of her grandmother’s life – her affair with Vita SackvilleWest which fractured her marriage to the future Duke of Wellington and her friendship with WB Yeats who championed her poetry.

An illustrated talk

Introduced by Stuart Rock

When: Thursday 9th November 2023 @ 12 noon
Where: The Bull Ballroom


Stuart Rock has had a 35-year career as a business editor and event moderator. He has edited, created and launched numerous financial, management and professional magazines including Real Business, for which he was named Magazine Editor of the Year, and the private equity publication Real Deals. As a freelance writer, he specialises in high-growth companies and on the green economy.  Stuart is a founding member of the Fundraising Board of the Parkinson’s UK Virtual Biotech – the charity’s pioneering international patient-led drug discovery and development programme. He is also an ambassador for Heropreneurs – a charity that provides mentoring and support for ex-servicemen starting and growing their own businesses. He is soon to start studying for an MA in History at the University of Reading.


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