May 27, Zoom Talk

On May 27 from 6pm, David Davies will give us a zoom talk on  ‘True, Unflinching Pictures or Presentations of Life’: A Comparison of Émile Zola’s L’Assommoir and Theodore Dreiser’s Sister Carrie. We are looking forward to seeing you on zoom, thanks to our hosts Miriam and David King. See the programme for further details.

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Visit to Oatlands Park Hotel

An outing is planned for Saturday July 2, 2022 to Oatlands Park Hotel where Émile Zola stayed while in exile in 1898-1899, during the Dreyfus Affair. Oatlands Hotel has a restaurant and a tea-room, a beautiful park, wi-fi, free parking, etc. Historical Details It can be reached by train South Western Railway from Waterloo to Weybrige Station (departure every…… Continue reading Visit to Oatlands Park Hotel

Don’t miss June 17, 6-8 pm at Lumen URC

William GREENSLADE will talk about the Nineteenth Century English writer, George Gissing. The author mentioned Emile Zola in his book, New Grub Street, and was influenced by his novels.You can also enjoy a small exhibition of engravings by Artist Fernando Guibert who drew his inspiration from Zola’s work.In addition, there will be music from the Saxophonist Aldevis Tibaldi who originally comes from Trieste. He…… Continue reading Don’t miss June 17, 6-8 pm at Lumen URC

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The duke d’Aumale

Henri-Eugène-Philippe-Louis d’Orléans, duke d’Aumale (16/1/1822, Paris – 7/5/1897, Zucco, Sicily) Fourth son of King Louis-Philippe, and an Orleanist, supporter of the constitutional monarchy. Pursued an army career 1839-1847, in Algeria among other places, ending up as lieutenant general and governor of France’s African possessions. Exiled in 1848 after the revolution and remained in England until 1871. Returned…… Continue reading The duke d’Aumale

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Changes to Programme

Please note that the cancelled Zoom talk by David King has now been rescheduled for May 6th. The quiz answers are available. The winner will be contacted very soon. The June meeting on Gissing may now be held in person – more details soon.

Saving Energy

Blow the candle out, I don’t need to see what my thoughts look like. Emile Zola Germinal

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News from Paris

La prochaine séance du séminaire Zola se tiendra vendredi 15 avril, à partir de 10 h, avec un exposé d’Olivier Sauvage (Université Catholique de Lyon), intitulé : « Le théâtre lyrique d’Emile Zola et Alfred Bruneau, au carrefour des scénographies naturaliste, symboliste et wagnérienne ». Comme les précédents, ce séminaire se tiendra à distance. Lien de…… Continue reading News from Paris


The EZS seminar on Saturday (26th March) was attended by over twenty members who greatly enjoyed the excellent talks. Refreshments were available, kindly organized by Chantal.

Zoom Talk April 1 Cancelled

TALK CANCELLED DUE TO COVID On Friday April 1st, at 6pm, David King will give us a talk on The Duc d’Aumale, resident of Orleans House in Twickenham. Henri Eugène Philippe Louis d’Orléans (1822-1897), Duke of Aumale was a leader of the Orleanists, a political faction in 19th-century France associated with constitutional monarchy. He was born…… Continue reading Zoom Talk April 1 Cancelled