We've had an event-filled and fun year! This was the international celebration of Shakespeare's 400th memorial year, and several of The English Speaking Union of New Orleans' programs revolved around this anniversary. In February, the Branch sponsored its annual, high school Shakespeare competition at Tulane and our regional winner went on to compete in New York in the Nationals.
The Branch hosted a program by Tulane University's English Department Head, Mike Kuczynski in May. He spoke about successfully bringing a touring First Folio copy to Tulane. In May, the Branch also hosted international author, Andrea Mays and she spoke about her current book, The Millionaire and the Bard.
In April, the Branch reminisced about Downton Abbey. We co-sponsored an event with WYES and featured author Carol Wallace, co-author of "To Marry an English Lord;" the book that inspired Julian Fellows to create the popular series.
The Queen's Birthday Brunch at NOCC took place in June. This yearly favorite event helps support the student and teacher scholarships that are awarded by our Branch.
A Patron members' party was held in September at the lovely home of Courtney Anne Sarpy.
Fall 2016 programs have included two English VIP speakers/writers. In early October, Oliver Everett, librarian emeritus of Windsor Castle and former personal assistant to both Prince Charles and Princess Diana spoke at Ralph's on the Park. And, in November, author Adrian Tinniswood spoke about his best-selling book, "The Long Weekend: The English Country House 1918 - 1939."
Many other programs are in the planning stages. Stay in touch with the latest news on programs and events on our website: www.esuus.org/neworleans
Many thanks to our members and Friends of ESU for their continued support of the New Orleans Branch of the ESU.