A Sort of Newsletter
About the Newsletter
The Trust’s quarterly magazine, A Sort of Newsletter (ASON) is published each February, May, August and November. ASON is not intended to be an academic journal; there is something for everyone with an interest in Greene.
The quarterly usually features at least one substantial article. The February 2019 issue includes the second part of a two-part piece by Roger Watkins, the first Festival Director, looking back at the reception in the press to the inaugural festival in 1998. The November 2018 ASON has an article with the intriguing title ‘Mrs Figg’s Toy-Shop: A Digression’. In an intriguing piece of sleuthing, local historian Brian Shepherd has tracked down the location in Berkhamsted of the shop mentioned by Greene in his autobiography A Sort of Life. The same issue has a review of a new book by BBC journalist Sarah Rainsford titled Our Woman in Havana about her years as a correspondent in Cuba and the traces she found of the Havana Greene once knew. The section ‘Miscellany’ includes news about a Blu-ray version of the film of Greene’s wartime novel The Ministry of Fear and some readers’ memories of their favourite festival moments. [The first part of Roger Watkins’ memories of the inaugural Graham Greene Festival and the review of Sarah Rainsford’s book can be read on the new Our Quarterly Magazine page of the website].
Rarely does a month go by without Graham Greene featuring in the news in some form or other. The February 2019 issue includes news that Nottingham’s Civic Society is eager to recognise the author’s relatively short time in the city working as a journalist. Although there is a plaque at the Express Building in the city centre the society is keen to provide further evidence of the author’s link with Nottingham. The August 2017 ASON saw items about Greene’s Clapham House where he lived with his wife and children before the war, Greene and Evelyn Waugh and Greene’s Saigon.
The annual Graham Greene International Festival, held in September each year in Berkhamsted is the principal event in the Birthplace Trust’s calendar. Naturally, it features prominently in the pages of the newsletter with news about the forthcoming speakers and events appearing in May and August and then reviews of each talk which are published in November issue, as mentioned above. Therefore there is always variety to be found in the pages of A Sort Of Newsletter.
So, if you are interested in Graham Greene, his life and his books and you are not currently a Friend of the Graham Greene Birthplace Trust, then you are urged to turn to the Members’ page on this website which gives all the details about joining and receiving A Sort of Newsletter.