Talks and Lectures

Anne Sebba

Forthcoming events

Some after lunch and after dinner talks are looming where I talk about me and my personal journey from being the first woman hired by Reuters to completing a book in the shadow of my husband’s sudden death. Please email me directly for availability.

I have a variety of talks based on my books especially my latest, Ethel Rosenberg An American Tragedy published in US by St Martin’s Press and Ethel Rosenberg The Short Life and Great Betrayal of an American Wife and Mother in UK from Weidenfeld & Nicolson. Paperback June 2022. I also talk about Les Parisiennes: How the Women of Paris Lived, Loved and Died in the 1940’s published in UK, US, France, Czech Republic, China and others. I am booking talks into 2023 on a variety of subjects! Also, there’s a new introduction from me to the autobiography of Ida and Louise Cook, two eccentric sisters whose love of Opera helped them save Jews in World War 2. The book is now called The Bravest Voices and I offer a musical talk on them, as well as talks on Wallis Simpson and a newly republished Jennie Churchill to coincide with her premature death in 1921. I am an accredited speaker for The Arts Society. 

If in doubt about a talk you think I am giving but which is not listed here please email me directly.

February 2 2024 – Talk to Harrow Boys’ School 6th Form on Les Parisiennes

February 2024, Lecture tour of Australia to include Melbourne, Tasmania, Brisbane, Byron Bay, Noosa, Cairns and Sydney

April 6 2024 2pm – Talk on Ethel Rosenberg at SHIRE HALL MUSEUM Dorchester

April 10 2024, 8pm  Talk on  the Cook Sisters at The Sacred Heart Church Hall, Edge Hill, Wimbledon

April 20-21 2024 Taking part in the Persephone Festival, please see link for details

May 14 2024  8 pm Talk on Ethel at Chalfont St Giles and Jordans Literary Festival 2024 

June 27 2024, 11am  Talk on the Cook Sisters, The Arts Society Oakham

September 19 2024 Sunbury Book Circle – general talk

October 1st 2024. Langham Hotel

October 9 2024 Lincoln’s Inn – general talk

February 7 2025.  Talk on Wallis at Sheffield Women’s Lunch Club 

March 19 2025,  William Bankes, Hungerford Arts Society

past talks…

June 24 2022, 7pm Anne is giving a talk on Ethel Rosenberg at Parade’s End Books, Kingston

June 28 2022, 4pm Anne is giving a talk on Ethel Rosenberg at Persephone Books, Bath

September 6 2022 Anne is giving at talk on Les Parisiennes  to the Probus Group at Phyllis Court, Henley on Thames

September 14 2022 Anne is giving a talk to the Mid-Atlantic Club at the University Women’s Club, London

October 4-14 2022 Anne will be guest lecturer on a Noble Caledonia Cruise – Albania & Greece in the eyes of Byron

October 17 2022 Anne will be giving a talk on Wallis Simpson to the Arts Society Kingston Upon Thames

October 20 2022 Anne will be giving a talk on Jennie Churchill to the Arts Society Moor Park

November 17 2022 Anne is giving the Raoul Wallenberg lecture

November 24 2022, 2pm Anne will be giving a talk to the WI Aldridge

March 16, 2023 10.45 am  talk on the Cook Sisters at the Hampstead Heath Arts Society

April 11, 2023 10.30 am talk on Wallis Simpson at the Arts Society Dorking

April 20,2023 talk on Ethel Rosenberg at the Arts Society Birmingham

November 21, 2021 Anne is giving the Santa Fe Distinguished Lecture on Ethel Rosenberg Here are the times:11:00 am MT 1:00 pm ET 6:00 pm UK 8:00 pm Israel please log in here

September 12 2021 discussion on Ethel Rosenberg with Jane Thynne at the Chiswick Literary Festival

July 14 2021 talk on Ethel Rosenberg at Ways With Words Dartington Fetival

July 8 2021 talk on Ethel Rosenberg at Chiddingstone Castle Literary Festival

July 1 2021 World Jewish Relief online discussion on Ethel Rosenberg with Emily Maitlis in  association with Waterstones

June 30 2021 6pm discussion on Ethel Rosenberg with Sonia Purnell at the Imperial War Museum

June 24, 2021  7.30pm discussion on Ethel Rosenberg at the London Library in conjunction with JW3. This will be live streamed

June 22,2021  online discussion with Gramercy Books Ohio

June 15, 2021 online interview about Ethel Rosenberg with 92nd street

May 12, 2021 7.30 pm Talking Lockdown – online discussion with Sir Vince Cable about Richmond Arts

December 22 – January 4 2020 Giving lectures on Cunard’s QM2 New York to Caribbean Cruise

January 9 2020 9.30 am Talk on Les Parisiennes to Northwood Area International Women’s Club

January 15 2020 2pm Talk on Les Parisiennes Market Harborough Arts Society

February 13 2020 2pm Talk on Les Parisiennes at Walton Arts Society

March 3 2020 7pm Jewish Book Week, King’s Place,London

March 24 2020 8pm Purley Literary Society at Purley United Reformed Church

March 26 2020 Talk on Les Parisiennes to the Canadian War Museum in Ottawa

April 7 2020 1.45pm Talk on Les Parisiennes at Needwood Lichfield Arts Society, The Guildhall, Lichfield

July 3rd, 2019 – 10.30 am The Arts Society, Trent Valley, talking about Jennie Churchill

June 12th, 2019 7.30 pm Northwich Literary Festival, Weaver Hall Museum talking about Wallis Simpson

June 12th , 2019  10.00 The Arts Society, Horsham talking about Les Parisiennes

May 17th 2019, Fowey Festival talking about Les Parisiennes

April 25, 2019 Anne is talking to the International Women’s Forum about how her career as a Reuters’ foreign correspondent helped her become an author and her latest book, Les Parisiennes

March 5th, 2019 Anne will be talking about Les Parisiennes at St Mary’s School, Calne, Wiltshire If you would like to attend, please contact Mrs Kate Maston-Lee by email:

November 28, 2018 6.30 pm Please join me at Harts Books in Saffron Walden for an informal evening discussing Les Parisiennes. For tickets

November 22, 2018 7.45 pm The Theatre, Richmond Adult Community College Anne will be talking to The Richmond Society on her books about iconic women

November 21, 2018 at 10.45 at The Arts Society, Wylye Valley talking about Les Parisiennes

November 15, 2018 After dinner talk to the Literary Society Remembrance Evening at Stowe School, Buckinghamshire on the Human Cost of War, focusing on Les Parisiennes

November 12-13 2018 at South West Scotland’s The Arts Societies of Ayr and Dumfriestalking about Les Parisiennes

November 1, 2018 18.00 Anne will be giving the Liberation Literature Lecture in Clare Hall, Richard Eden Suite  

October 10, 2018  10.45 The Arts Society, Samlesbury talking about the Cook Sisters

October 11, 2018  a literary lunch in aid of the NSPCC at the Mount Somerset Hotel, Taunton  talking about That Woman


Archive News and Events:

The Daffodil Maiden BBC Radio 3
Written and Presented by Anne. The Daffodil Maiden is the story of the beautiful pianist Harriet Cohen, who inspired the composer Arnold Bax when she wore a dress adorned with a single daffodil and became his mistress for the next 40 years. Sorry, Listen Again no longer available.

Anne makes regular appearances on TV and radio and is in great demand as a speaker on a variety of subjects for many groups, clubs, institutions and charities, and is often invited back for a return visit. She has given talks at Schools on Leavers Days or at Prize Givings and at the following venues and festivals in the UK and in America, China, Australia, New Zealand, Spain, Germany, UAE and Ireland.

The National Archives (Kew), Imperial War Museum, British Library, Victoria and Albert Museum, Cabinet War Rooms, Dulwich Picture Gallery, Churchill Archives, Royal Overseas League, English Speaking Union, the Biographers’ Club, the Tower of London.

Clubs including The Whitefriars Club, Bucks, Carlton Club, Britain Club, Reform Club.

Many ladies luncheon groups eg Four Seasons, RAC Ladies Luncheon club, Women’s Overseas Lunch club, St Johns Wood Women’s Society, American Women of Surrey, American Women of North London etc Kensington and Chelsea Women’s group, U3A and WI groups and several local history societies.

Schools eg st Marys Calne, Winchester, North London Collegiate, Godolphin and Latymer as well as Alumni Associations eg Georgetown University.

Historical festivals, Literary festivals and charity occasions when Anne is guest speaker and helps fundraising efforts eg Red Cross, Princess Alice Hospice, Nightingale Care home, Macmillan Cancer care, Jewish Care, NSPCC etc

Anne has spoken at Synagogues, Hotels (eg Chewton Glen, the Ritz), Book shops, local Libraries for Royal Oak, Nadfas, The English Speaking Union here and abroad as well as on Cruises for both Fred Olson and Saga lines and tours for the Daily Mail and the Oldie.


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