Invitation to 'In Conversation With...' at Haberdashers' Hall

The Monmouth Schools’ Charitable Trust is delighted to invite former pupils, Haberdashers and friends to the fourth ‘In Conversation with….Patrick Worsnip and Richard Carwardine’ on Monday 24th February at Haberdashers' Hall. Wine will be served from 1800, with the event running from 1830 to 2000.

Patrick and Richard will talk about their lives following Monmouth School, the influences that have shaped their illustrious careers and their views on world tensions.  With their knowledge of both Russia and the US, what do these men think of the current political situation?  What was life like working under constant surveillance by the KGB?  And, are there parallels with history that might be learned as Putin and Trump face each other? 

Patrick is a former pupil of Monmouth School (1959-1966) who read Classics and Modern Languages at Merton College Oxford. Headmaster Glover described him in his Oxford reference as ‘the most intelligent boy I have taught in my career’.  For forty years he worked as a correspondent and editor for Reuters News Agency; postings that included the Soviet Union where he developed a friendship with the human rights activist Andrei Sakharov. In retirement Patrick has undertaken a translation of Latin poems by Sextus Propertius. 

'Propertius is perhaps the most enigmatic of the great poets from the golden age of Latin literature [...] Patrick Worsnip's vibrant contemporary translation will bring him to a new generation of discerning readers.' --Peter Heslin

Richard Carwardine is a leading expert on President Lincoln and the American Civil war.  A former pupil of Monmouth School (1958-1965) he has spent his life as an academic finishing his career as Rhodes Professor of American History from 2002 to 2009 and President of Corpus Christi College from 2009 to 2016.  His many publications include ‘Lincoln’s Sense of Humor.’

"Reading this book is a reminder of how gifted historians stitch together the remnants of a lost past to deepen our understanding of the human condition. It is a little gem carved by the hand of a master."--Professor Graham Peck

The session will be chaired by former Monmouth School for Girls pupil Charlotte Hume (1979-1986) who studied at St Hugh’s Oxford before becoming a journalist and ITN broadcaster.  Charlotte currently works as a Crisis Communications Consultant and is also a published author.

To book a place and for more information please contact Clare Anning at .