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Richard Lancelyn Green Lecture – The Rivals of Professor Moriarty

October 12, 2017 @ 6:45 pm - 10:00 pm

The 2017 Richard Lancelyn Green Lecture will be held on Thursday 12th October 2017 at the National Liberal Club at 1, Whitehall Place, London, SW1, at 6.00 for 6.45pm.    The National Liberal Club is located on the corner of Whitehall Place and the Victoria Embankment, not far from Embankment Underground Station, and also conveniently placed for Charing Cross main line station.  It is usually possible to find a parking space in the vicinity at this time in the evening – although you may have to pay the congestion charge.  http://www.savageclub.com/   

Members and their guests may opt to attend the meeting only at £12.00, or to dine beforehand at a cost of £42.00 per head.  This includes VAT and service but not drinks, which must be paid for on the day.   For those who choose to dine, the meal will comprise Steak, Kidney and Mushroom Pudding, Key Lime Pie followed by Coffee and Mints.  A vegetarian or fish alternative main course may be ordered in advance – please specify if you want this on the application form.  A cash bar will be open in the Smoking Room on the first floor of the building from 6.00pm.  After the meeting, members may use the National Liberal Club bar.  Dinner will be served promptly at 6.45pm in the David Lloyd George Room, also on the first floor and will be followed by the meeting itself from around 8pm.

We are particularly honoured this year to have as our speaker Michael Dirda, a Pulitzer Prize-winning literary journalist and a weekly book columnist for The Washington Post.  His publications include five collections of essays, the memoir An Open Book, and On Conan Doyle, which received a 2012 Edgar Award from the Mystery Writers of America.  In 2002 he was invested in The Baker Street Irregulars as “Langdale Pike.”

While Professor James Moriarty will always retain the special glamour of being the arch-nemesis of Sherlock Holmes, he was not the only Napoleon of crime.  Our speaker for this year’s Richard Lancelyn Green lecture will look at some of his villainous contemporaries,  including Madame Koluchy, Dr. Nikola, Dominick Medina, Fantomas, The Four Just Men, Olga Romanoff, Dr. Fu Manchu and Monsieur Zenith.  The emphasis will be on criminal masterminds but some attention will also be paid to gentleman-burglars and lady-swindlers, such as Colonel Clay, Simon Carne, Raffles, Arsene Lupin, Four-Square Jane, the notorious Sophie Lang and the adventuress Anna Brandt.

Applications should be sent to arrive not later than Wednesday 4th October.   

Dress is smart casual and gentlemen are asked to wear a jacket and tie.  Anyone attending a Society function for the first time should bring along and display their yellow cards of introduction, so that we can identify them and introduce them to our members.  They should also note that applications are not normally acknowledged nor are tickets sent.  We look forward to seeing everyone on the night.  If an acknowledgement is required, please provide an e-mail address or a stamped, addressed envelope with your application.

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October 12, 2017
6:45 pm - 10:00 pm
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National Liberal Club at 1
Whitehall Place
London, SW1A 2HE United Kingdom
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