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Unlocking Archives talk 8 June

Unlocking Archives, a series of lunchtime talks about current research in Balliol College’s special collections

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Graham Greene in Antibes, ca. 1984. Photo by Amanda Saunders. © Estate of Amanda Saunders. Used with permission.

Speaker: Nicholas Dennys

‘Given to me by Mr Greene: Graham Greene, a personal view’

Monday 8 June, 1-2pm

In autumn last year Balliol College was pleased to acquire for its research collection the books and papers of a remarkable woman called Josephine Reid, relating to her employer, the writer Graham Greene (Balliol 1922).  Josephine Reid was Greene’s secretary and literary typist from 1958 to 1992. Nicholas Dennys, bookseller and nephew of Graham Greene,  will be in conversation with Naomi Tiley, Balliol’s Librarian,  giving a personal insight into Graham Greene’s writing and Josephine Reid’s collection.

Nicholas Dennys, a partner in the rare booksellers Dennys, Sanders, & Greene, patiently negotiated the sale of Josephine Reid’s books and papers to the College and prepared the collection’s sale catalogue, which proved an invaluable starting point for Balliol’s recent listings of the books and papers.  As the son of Graham Greene’s sister, Elisabeth, he is also Greene’s nephew.

All welcome! Feel free to bring your lunch.

The talk will last about half an hour, to allow time for questions and discussion afterwards and a closer look at an exhibition of the Cherry Record Collection of Josephine Reid’s papers and books relating to Graham Greene.

All Unlocking Archives talks take place at Balliol’s Historic Collections Centre, St Cross Church, Manor Road OX1 3UH (next door to Holywell Manor).

Map & directions: http://archives.balliol.ox.ac.uk/Services/visit.asp#f

Enquiries: library@balliol.ox.ac.uk

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