Wednesday 11th October (1st week), Merton College JCR, 8pm
An introduction to the Society: meet old members over a glass or two of mulled wine. There will be short talks about the Arthurian legend and the society's activities and a chance to browse through the extensive list of Arthurian books owned by members of the Society.
Wednesday 18th October (2nd week), Holywell Manor TV Room,
MONTY PYTHON AND THE HOLY GRAIL
This classic film about the exploits of King Arthur's knights starts off the year in the traditional way.
Wednesday 25th October (3rd week), Collier Room, Regent's
HOLY GRAILS: ANCIENT AND MODERN
Dr Juliette Wood, folklorist, will talk about the various people over the centuries who have claimed to have discovered the Holy Grail. Bring your own Grail for evaluation!
Sunday 29th October (4th week)
PILGRIMAGE TO ARTHURIAN SITES
This year we are going to places in Wiltshire, including Avebury, Silbury Hill and West Kennet Long Barrow, that have some sort of Arthurian connection. The number of places is limited by the size of the minibus, and there will be a charge to cover costs.
Wednesday 1st November (4th week) - meet 7.45pm, Somerville
BONFIRE AND STORYTELLING
Come and enjoy Storytelling and Songs round an open fire on Port Meadow. Baked potatoes will be provided, but please bring a bottle (and a story!)
Wednesday 8th November (5th week), Collier Room, Regent's
BANQUET PREPARATION EVENING
This will be a chance to learn nediaeval dances for the banquet, get last minute tips on costume and choose an Arthurian name if you haven't already done so. Anyone wishing to try their hand at mediaeval cooking or wenching is invited to contact any committee member at any meeting.
Saturday 11th November (5th week)
THE MEDIAEVAL BANQUET
This is the main Arthurian social event of the year: an unforgettable evening of wine, women and song (or men, mead and merriment!) in full costume. Authentic food, serving wenches, music and dances. Booking forms will be sent out soon with more details - put the date in your diary!
Wednesday 15th November (6th week), Collier Room, Regent's
THE MATTER OF MORDRED
Haydn Middleton is currently writing a series of novels telling the Arthurian story from Mordred's point of view. The first book, The King's Evil, has just been published, and he is working on the second book. He will talk to us informally about his work
Wednesday 22nd November (7th week), Collier Room, Regent's
Dr Elspeth Kennedy is a former senior member of the society and is an active member of the International Arthurian Society. She is a retired lecturer in Mediaeval French and regularly talks to the Society on a range of Arthurian topics.
Wednesday 29th November (8th week), venue to be arranged
Come and celebrate the approaching end of term and start the Yuletide festivities early - sing Arthurian songs and drink up the leftover wine from the banquet!