Member Events

Anne de Courcy

The Art of Writing a Biography

Tuesday 2nd June 2015 6pm - 8pm
Members’ Room (6th Floor)
Free event

Historical biographies are as much about telling the story of its subject's life, as they are about depicting the social history of the period and how these underlying, often unspoken, contemporary attitudes, standards and moral codes shape the subject's life. Anne de Courcy, Chairman of the Biographers' Club, Costa Book Award judge, and Library member, highlights the challenges of writing biographies and discusses her latest book, shortlisted for the 2015 Paddy Power Political Book of the Year, Margot at War: Love and Betrayal in Downing Street, 1912-1916.

Tickets are free but please reserve your ticket in advance.

This event is only open to members of The London Library.





 With Professor Robert Crawford and readings by Miranda Richardson


Sunday 31 May 2015

This year’s London Library Annual Lecture will once again be hosted by the Hay Festival, on Sunday, 31 May 2015 and this year we will be celebrating the life and works of T.S. Eliot, a former President of The London Library.

Click here for further details and tickets.


Summer Drinks Party

Thursday 2nd July 2015
6.30pm - 8.30pm
Free, but tickets must be obtained in advance as numbers are limited

Hosted in the Reading Room, this is an opportunity to socialise with members over a glass of wine at the annual Summer Members’ Drinks party. Obtain your free ticket on Eventbrite

This event is only open to members of The London Library.


How to…Get Published

Free drop-in advice session with Emma Herdman from Curtis Brown Literary Agency

Monday 13th July 5.30pm – 7pm

Free, no need to book in advance

Are you a young writer, perhaps working on your first book and wishing to find out more about how to get published? Member and literary agent, Emma Herdman from Curtis Brown will be running an informal drop-in session and will be on hand to answer questions about how to get published. From practical issues including how to choose an agent and putting together a proposal, to broader issues such as how does the publishing industry work, this will be a great opportunity to have practical and hands on advice. No need to book in advance, just come along to the Members’ Room anytime between 5.30pm – 7pm.

This event is only open to members of The London Library only

Do you have a subject you are passionate about and would make an interesting talk or event for other members? Do you have professional experience in an area that you would be happy to share in a “How to” session? Or perhaps you work somewhere interesting and would be able to offer a tour to members? If you are interested in contributing to the members’ events programme, or have ideas for a future event, please email

This event is only open to members of The London Library.


PhD Members’ Group

For any members currently studying for PhD, there is a monthly meeting held at the Library on the first Wednesday of every month. The informal meetings provide an opportunity to share information on a variety of subjects including research, funding opportunities as well as informal networking. Contact Library member Cleo Roberts on for more details.



For more information about Library events please contact the Development office


020 7766 4704