Somerville London Group – Clare Hastings on Anne Scott-James

Tuesday 29th September, 6:30pm

Zoom meeting, 29th September at 6.30pm: Clare Hastings talking about Anne Scott-James

For several decades Anne Scott-James (1931, Classics; Lady Lancaster) was one of Somerville’s most influential and glamorous figures.  As pioneering journalists, she and fellow Somervillian Audrey Withers were the queens of Fleet Street in the mid 20th century.  She was successively editor of British Harper’s Bazaar, Woman’s Editor for the Sunday Express and a Daily Mail columnist. In 1960s she became renowned as a garden writer.

Her daughter Clare Hastings has written a warm hearted tribute to her mother: Hold the Front Page! The Wit and Wisdom of Anne Scott-James.   

We are delighted that Clare has agreed to talk to us about her mother; her talk will be illustrated by photographs from the book and will be followed by some conversation about Anne between Clare and Anne’s granddaughter Calypso, and then Q&A with members of the audience.

We are delighted that special arrangements have been made for Somervillians who wish to purchase Clare’s book, here.

For the Diary: Of course what we can do in the near future will to a large extent be determined by Covid and government guidelines, but we have plans in the pipeline. We hope to host an online talk in November by Julie Summers about Audrey Withers (see Somerville Magazine 2020, page 30) and will let you know of other online plans later this term. Once ‘live’ events return we look forward to hearing from art historian Dr Susan Owens (1990), whom you can in the meantime catch at the Shute Festival.

Booking arrangements: The evening will be hosted by Ruth Crawford of the London Group Committee. Numbers for this first SLG Zoom event will be limited so please register early by emailing The event will start at 6.30pm and the College will email participants the link to attend the Zoom meeting shortly before the start time.

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