Event Detail

6
Oct
2005

Travel Writings

Jan Morris
Thursday, 6 Oct 2005
Hong Kong Fooll Club

A Dinner Lecture
The World of a Writer
by
Jan Morris CBE
on
Thursday, 6 October 2005
Hong Kong Fooll Club, Causeway Bay
Drinks 6.30 pm
Dinner and Lecture 7.30 pm
With the greatest honour we welcome to Hong Kong again the acclaimed author Jan Morris CBE to speak to the Society. Ms Morris, a hero of the successful 1953 Everest Expedition, the biographer of Hong Kong and numerous other parts of the world, known for her superb books on the British and other empires is considered the greatest writer in her genre of her generation. In this lecture, Ms Morris is going to speak on some of the highlights of her amazing career. In 1953, she made instant fame when she crossed, by night, the treacherous ice field at the base of Mount Everest to bring the news of the successful British ascent of Everest to London for the day of the coronation of HM Queen Elizabeth II. Since then, she has travelled the globe, researching, writing and lecturing. This fabulous lecture includes excerpts of her many journeys and writings, from every corner of the Venetian and British Empires to Oxford, Manhattan and Sydney and all else between. Jan Morris was born in 1926 of Welsh and English parents. She divides her time between her library house in North Wales, her dacha in the Black Mountains of South Wales and travels abroad. She has written over 40 books. These include many on imperial themes: the Pax Britannica trilogy, Spectacle of Empire, about the aesthetics of British imperialism, The Venetian Empire, Stones of Empire, and Fisher's Face, a capricious biography of a Victorian Admiral. She has written a study of Hong Kong, the bestselling Hong Kong Epilogue to an Empire, as well as books on Wales, Oxford, Venice, Manhattan, Spain, Canada and Sydney, two autobiographical books, six volumes of collected travel essays and a novel, Last Letters from Hav, which was shortlisted for the Booker Prize. She has edited the Oxford Book of Oxford and the travel writings of Virginia Woolf and is an Honorary D.Litt of the University of Wales. She is an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Institute of British Architects and was awarded the CBE for her extraordinary achievements as a writer and traveller.

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