The annual Graham Greene International Festival is the centre-piece of the Birthplace Trust’s yearly activities. It normally takes place from a Thursday afternoon to a Sunday lunchtime on the dates which fall closest to Graham Greene’s birthday, 2 October. A typical festival programme includes talks, films of adaptations of Greene’s novels, discussion groups, guided walks in and around Berkhamsted and social events. There are opportunities to buy both new and secondhand books and there is often a relevant exhibition. The atmosphere is welcoming and informal. Tickets can be purchased in advance for individual sessions (i.e. morning, afternoon, evening) or on a season-ticket basis. This enables you to organise your time according to your needs. Precise details about the Festival and how to obtain tickets for some or all of the sessions will feature on the Festival page several months prior to the event.
The Trust publishes A Sort of Newsletter (ASON) quarterly. ASON is a mixture of informed articles about Greene, news and book, dvd and film reviews of the latest publications about the writer plus other items of interest. It is automatically sent to all Friends of the Trust. If you are not already a Friend find more by visiting the Membership page. To learn more about our newsletter go to the A Sort of Newsletter (ASON) page.
Although Greene died as long ago as 1991, there seems to be little evidence that interest in his life and his work has diminished. Year on year the Graham Greene International Festival has been able to showcase examples of research of various kinds. What has been noticeable to regular Festival goers has been the fact that many contributions have been made by researchers from countries other than the UK which demonstrates the well-known international appeal of Graham Greene.
The stated aim of the Graham Greene Birthplace Trust is to encourage research into the life and work of this author. To this end, the new Current Research page is intended to advertise on-going or recently completed research projects or forthcoming publications. If you are a post-graduate student, or are engaged in doctorate or post-doctorate work or are writing a book or article on the subject please get in touch with us via the website at firstname.lastname@example.org. We would also be interested to hear from you if your research simply includes Greene amongst other contemporary writers. We would hope to be able to feature your particular area of study on this website.