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An Appreciation of Antonia Fraser at 90

21 September @ 19:00 - 20:30 BST

Join us, together with The British Library and English PEN, for a celebration of Antonia Fraser, author, historian and biographer, as she celebrates her 90th birthday.

Fraser will appear in conversation with Claire Armitstead to discuss her life and work, including her experiences in literary London, her multiple award-winning works, her marriage to playwright Harold Pinter and her huge support of authors and author organisations. The evening will close with a drinks reception.

Antonia Fraser is the author of many internationally bestselling historical works, including Love and Louis XIVMarie Antoinette, which was made into a film by Sofia Coppola; The Wives of Henry VIII; and Mary Queen of Scots. She is also the author of the memoirs Must You Go?, about her relationship with and marriage to the playwright Harold Pinter, and My History. She has received the Wolfson Prize for History, the Medlicott Medal awarded by Britain’s Historical Association, and the Franco-British Society’s Enid McLeod Literary Prize. She was made a Dame of the British Empire in 2011 and a Companion of Honour in 2018 for services to literature.

Claire Armitstead is Associate Editor for Culture in the Guardian.

This event will not be live-streamed.


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21 September
19:00 - 20:30 BST
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The British Library
96 Euston Road
London, NW1 2DB