Past Events

The Wimbledon Philosophical Society organises a variety of events and talks on different topics. See below for some recent events and links to further information about them.

  • Sunday 26th June 2022, 3pm. Members and guests were warmly welcomed to this year’s Garden Party hosted by Val and Chris Morrison in Marryat Road.  Ewa Cobham, Veronika Marsh, Mary Owusu-Hirsch, Roland Rogers and Ann Vaughan-Williams read their own poetry and prose followed by contributions from the audience. Members received a copy of the booklet in advance. The topic this year was ‘Journeys’. See copy of Journeys booklet here.
  • Tuesday 7th June 2022, 7pm- 9:30pm at Wimbledon Library Arts Room – Politics, Power and Philosophy – Germany, Russia and the war in Ukraine, a panel discussion with Horst Teltschik (former advisor to German chancellor Helmut Kohl), other distinguished speakers including Charles Powell, Simon McDonald , Bill Keegan, Rodric Braithwaite and hosted by David Marsh – live event in Wimbledon, free to members and non-member guests (see attached event summary).
  • Wednesday 27th April 2022, 7.00 pm in the Lingfield Room at Wimbledon Village Hall. Professor Eric Kaufmann, from Birkbeck College, University of London addressed us on Free Speech, Political Identity and related topics. Prof. Kaufmann has written extensively on the Populism, Nationalism, Immigration, Religion and Orange Order in Northern Ireland.
  • Wednesday 2nd March 2022, 8:00 pm at Southside House, Lord Gus O’Donnell spoke on his work supporting a succession of 3 British Prime Ministers. Ed Nanno introduced Lord O’Donnell, who then spoke with engagement and intimacy of his work in his role as Cabinet Secretary and top Civil Servant and then took questions from the audience.
  • Sunday 17th October 2021, WPS AGM live at 5pm followed by drinks and a speaker on the management and development of Wimbledon Common by one of the Conservators .
  • Tuesday 7th September 2021, 7:30 pm at Wimbledon Village Hall. Stephen Cope gave a talk entitled “Thinking about Thinking”. Click  here to read the script for the talk.
  • Sunday 25th July 2021 1pm in Marryat Road – Garden party. You can watch the video here and read the report on the poetry reading here.
  • Wednesday 12th May 7pm on ZOOM – “Sartre’s Les Mouches and the concept of freedom” with some of the philosophical/theological questions raised in the book, presentation 30 minutes followed by a discussion. For those of you wishing to read the novel, click here and you can watch the video here.
  • Wednesday 31st March, 7pm Zoom. WISDOM FROM DIFFERENT LANDS – An Anthology of Poetry, Prose and Philosophy presented by the Poetry group of the WPS and other members. Read the review here. You can obtain a free copy of the booklet, which contains all the writings, by emailing
  • Wednesday 27th January 2021 at 7pm on ZOOM – new WPS Chairman Edward Nanno presented : “Societal life in the Age of Coronavirus – lessons from Camus’ ‘The Plague’” with some of the philosophical/ theological questions raised in the book, presentation 30 minutes followed by discussion. (click here for notes on the meeting). For those of you wishing to read the novel, click here and you can watch the video here.
  • Wednesday 2nd December 2020 at 7pm on Zoom, Philip Collins on the topic of UK Democracy – How can we fix our broken politics. Philip is a Times columnist, associate editor of Prospect Magazine and former chief speech writer to Tony Blair between 2004 and 2007 (click here to watch the video)
  • Sunday 13th September 2020 – WPS Garden Party at a member’s house in Marryat Road with beautiful weather and poetry readings by members on the theme of ‘Moments in eternity, Eternity in a moment’.

    The poetry recital was inspired and led by Leslie Dighton. He was unable to attend the garden party because of COV-19. Juan Tafur nobly stepped into Leslie’s shoes at the last minute and delivered his introduction and conclusion with his usual aplomb. You can read the poems and stories by clicking the link.

    Alan Paul from the audience read his poem titled ‘Freedom’. This poem can also be read by clicking this link.
  • Tuesday 26th May 2020 – Building a Society based on the Common Good, presented by Leslie Dighton. This event was virtual using ZOOM with an online ‘Philosophical Conversation. You can reathe Little Black Book of the Common Good. You can watch the video here.
  • December 2019 – Democracy and its Crisis with Professor A.C. Grayling at Southside House (read the summary)
  • July 2019: WPS Summer Garden Party at Southside House, Wimbledon with Poetry, Fables and Legends read by members and the WPS Poetry sub-committee. (read the programme)
  • November 2018: Influential Non-Conformists in 17th Century Clapham, Marryat Road, presented by Tim Walker. (read the note on the meeting)
  • October 2018: WPS AGM, Marryat Road
  • July 2018: WPS Summer Garden Party at Southside House with Poetry Reading by some Members and Guest Poets. (read the programme)
  • October 2017: AGM & Einstein’s greatest mistake, Marryat Road, presented by David Bodanis.(see attached)
Summer Garden Party 2018