Future Events

The Committee of the Wimbledon Philosophical Society is working on future events with local potential speakers, authors, and poets.

Usually we have 5 or 6 live speaker events each year in addition to a Summer Garden Party with poetry in June/July and an AGM in October followed by a speaker. See Past Events for details of the previous programme. Check our FAQs for any questions about events.

Here are the forthcoming events in date order :

WPS event – Tuesday 17th September 2024, 7-9pm, Sir Ben Okri returns to Wimbledon after last years event together with the Wimbledon Bookfest, sponsored by Wimbledon Philosophical Society, this time in conversation with Ed Nanno, WPS Chairman, about a selection of 4 of his books, the direction those have taken and his plans for his future direction. This event will be hosted by the new owners of Southside House in Wimbledon. Ben as you know is a prolific writer and Booker Prize winner for The Famished Road

WPS AGM – on Wednesday 16th October 2024, 6.30-7 pm for the AGM, and Guest speaker Rosemary Clunie 7-9pm

Rosemary Clunie is a painter, printmaker and video artist, born in Scotland and living in London. She has exhibited widely since 1991 and her paintings are held in eminent public and private collections.  Her work was also exhibited at the World Economic Forum in Davos.

Rosemary Clunie’s work recalls that of Joan Miro or Quentin Blake… her colourful images – in rainbow hues – Financial Times.

“Clunie’s use of colour is billowing, rich and dreamlike – complementary to the rhythm of the prose – although, as Okri clarifies, the artworks came first. Snatches of white page, which gleam underneath loosely inscribed birds, buildings and trees bearing stars, resonate with the quality of space in Okri’s compact tales.” – New Statesman review of The Magic Lamp.

The Magic Lamp is a collaboration with Sir Ben Okri, the Booker prize-winner. Together they created a fairy tale for adults, with imaginative, enchanting, haunting narratives. The words and images grew together out of a long friendship and creative symbiosis.” Ben Okri writes about The Magic Lamp, “the paintings came first. The stories reach to the world from which the paintings came.”

Rosemary’s paintings encourage the viewer to travel for a few moments from the ordinary world into a realm of the imagination.