‘Such Friends’ Presentations by Kathleen Dixon Donnelly

Over the past few years I have given many presentations about the writers’ salons, at lifelong learning programs throughout South Florida and on the Semester at Sea Enrichment Voyage [www.semesteratsea.org], sometimes including films and/or documentaries, reading lists, and video and travel tips.

Since moving to Birmingham, UK, I have given talks at the Birmingham & Midlands Institute [BMI], on their Monday lunch time lecture series and Saturday ‘Day Schools,’ The Birmingham Book Festival, the Birmingham Irish Heritage Group, and the Southbank Centre in London. At the Electric Cinema, I gave a presentation about the Americans in Paris in the 1920s to accompany their showing of Woody Allen’s film Midnight in Paris.

KDD at Southbank centre

Dr. Kathleen Dixon Donnelly at the Southbank Center, London

If your organization would be interested in a ‘Such Friends’ presentation about any of the writers and artists in the early 20th century salons who I have studied, or just would like more information about them, send me an e-mail at kaydee@gypsyteacher.com. Below is a partial list of topics, but I am open to suggestions.


Scribner’s Editor Maxwell Perkins

F. Scott Fitzgerald

Ernest Hemingway

Thomas Wolfe

F. Scott Fitzgerald

New York, Zelda Sayre and The Great Gatsby

Paris, the Murphys and Tender Is the Night

Hollywood, Sheilah Graham and The Last Tycoon

The Literary Twenties

Dublin, W B Yeats and the Abbey Theatre

London, the Hogarth Press and Mrs. Dalloway

Paris, Shakespeare & Co. and Contact Press

New York, The New Yorker and Scribner’s

Supporters of the Arts

W B Yeats, Lady Augusta Gregory, and Dublin’s Abbey Theatre

The Steins, Picasso and Matisse in Paris before the Great War

Sylvia Beach, John Quinn and the writers in Paris after the Great War


The Armory Show—February, 1913

Britain before World War I: The Irish Literary Renaissance and the Bloomsbury Group

The Bloomsbury Painters

“Everybody Was So Young”:  The Murphys in Paris and on the Riviera

Dorothy Parker and Her Men

Happy Bloomsday! James Joyce in Dublin and Paris


2 thoughts on “‘Such Friends’ Presentations by Kathleen Dixon Donnelly

  1. hello, and thank you for these wonderful articles! a couple of friends and I are constantly debating virtues of stein, sherwood, and faulkner, and it’s wonderful to hear about the environment they brewed in.

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