Our Programme 2022

The Society normally holds several activities each year, at roughly 2-monthly intervals, in addition to its occasional Colloquia and Saturday Seminars. Regular items include:
~ the Annual Dinner 'Avec Zola à table' in the Spring
~ a group visit to the 'Pélerinage de Médan on the first Sunday in October
~ the AGM towards the end of the year.
The Covid crisis has caused a break the pattern but the Society is now starting to resume something like 'normal business'.

Meetings are on Friday evenings unless otherwise stated

Forthcoming Events

18 January Zoom talk at 6pm by William Breslin on the film 'An Officer and a Spy'. Roman Polansky's details  can be viewed on Youtube before the talk
11 February Face to face talk at 6pm by Dan Rebellato about the radio programme 'Zola, Blood, Sex, and Money' at Lumen, 88 Tavistock Place, WC1H 9RS.

A report on the evening can be read here: An Evening with Dan Rabellato 11Feb2022.pdf
25 February Zoom talk at 6pm by Line Playfair on 'Le Roman de Jeanne à l'ombre de Zola' (Isabelle Delamotte)  and 'Madame Zola' ( Evelyne Bloch-Dano):  insight into both lives.
26 March Saturday Seminar: 2pm to 6pm
at Lumen, 88 Tavistock Place, London WC1H 9RS (off Judd Street. Tube King’s X)
  • Professor Alison Finch: ‘Word and Image in Zola’s La Débâcle'
  • Professor Susan Harrow: 'Seeing Solitude: Alone together in Zola's Rougon-Macquart  and in related visual culture’
  • Professor Robert Lethbridge: ‘Zola and the Old Masters'
  • Professor Jennifer Yee: ‘Zola and the Art of the Silhouette - a Japanese influence?’
Please tell the secretary Chantal Morel in advance if you are coming (
Ring 07 87 50 89 964 for admittance after 2pm
April Annual dinner (date and place to be arranged)
17 June A face to face talk at 6pm by Professor William Greenslade on Gissing, at Lumen.
2 July Saturday. A chance to have an Outing (details to be arranged)
2 October Sunday. An Outing to Zola's House in Médan.
Please contact the secretary Chantal Morel for further details if you want to join the group (


Would you like to give a short talk on Zoom about something relating to Zola, his novels, his life, Paris, Provence ? We would be very glad to hear from you and can easily arrange for it to happen. Just send us an email

Get the link for the Zoom meetings from Chantal Morel(

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