To commemorate the centenary anniversary of World War One, The British Library is holding a series of events, including talks and workshops. The first will be held on the 21st February at 6.30pm, and costs £4 to book. In Woodrow Wilson's Shadow, Professor David Reynolds reflects on America's involvement in The First World War. He pays particular attention to Woodrow Wilson, the twenty-eighth President of the United States, who governed between 1913-1921. Different groups have cast him various roles, labelling him as a hero, villain, and prophet.
You can also attend a First World War Writers' Workshop on the 24th February. It is a £5 class for writers who wish to write using material relating to the Great War. Guest speakers will include historian, Saul David, author, Elizabeth Speller, and Nicola Soloman, who is the Chief Executive of the Society of Authors. They will help guide you through the opportunities and challenges of working with recycled writing.
On the 28th February, Andrew Jackson O'Shaughnessy will discuss British Leadership in the American Revolutionary War. The talk commences at 6.45pm, and costs £5 to book. With reference to his recently published book, The Men Who Lost America: British Leadership, the American Revolution, and the Fate of the Empire, O'Shaughnessy argues against the popular belief that incompetent military commanders and political leaders were responsible for the demise of the British Empire. He has gathered personal stories from ten men directly involved with colonialism and war to debunk a number of myths.