Thursday 19th - 3pm (Parish Church)

Ffion Hague (Gray)

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A Heav'n-gained Friend: Thomas Gray and Horace Walpole

Thomas Gray, the world-famous poet, is buried in St Giles'’ Churchyard, Stoke Poges. He met Horace Walpole at Eton at the age of nine and they became lifelong friends. In the year of the 300th anniversary of Gray’'s birth, Ffion Hague explores this fascinating relationship, including the events of their Grand Tour.

Ffion is Cardiff-born and since graduating from Oxford she has gained an M Phil in mid-eighteenth-century poetry in England and Wales, has worked as a policy civil servant, and has served as a director of the national charity Arts & Business and a headhunter specialising in board appointments. Ffion's first book The Pain and the Privilege-the Women in Lloyd George's Life was published in June 2008. She was a judge of the Orange Prize for Fiction in 2000, the Royal Society Prize in 2009 and the Welsh Book of the Year in 2012. Ffion has served on a number of boards including the British Council and the LSO and has served as Deputy Chairman of the Outward Bound Trust and English National Opera. She is also a broadcaster and presenter of the S4C series on women in history, Mamwlad, currently airing its third season.

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