Samuel Johnson. Pic: Stacey Shintani

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The Johnson Society Winter Lecture series returns for the second talk in this season’s programme, following author Kate Chisholm’s fascinating look at Johnson’s women last November. On Sunday 29th January Dr Sebastian Mitchell will be talking on Johnson and his famous biographer Boswell. Tickets cost £3.50 including refreshments and a slice of homemade cake, and can be purchased on the door. The title of the January lecture is ‘Biography and Autobiography: James Boswell’s Journal of the Tour to the Hebrides with Samuel Johnson’. Dr Mitchell is from the Department of English at the University of Birmingham and writes on Scottish Literature in the 18th century and its links with England. Dr Johnson made his famous tour of Scotland with his young friend James Boswell for three months in 1773, and both men wrote accounts of their travels around the Isles. The journey has also been illustrated by the 18the century cartoonist Thomas Rowlandson, and Dr Mitchell’s lecture will also include this entertaining series. The Winter Lecture series continues with the final part of the series on Sunday February 19th when Dr Graham Nicholls will be exploring theatre in the time of Samuel Johnson.


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