Entertaining Tales from Speaker’s Literary Life

22.05.2024
Entertaining Tales from Speaker’s Literary Life

The Six Ones (Year 12s) and other members of the School community enjoyed a highly entertaining talk by freelance journalist, author, and Benenden Senior, Juliet Nicolson H1971.

Juliet told several amusing anecdotes about her time at Benenden, including how the then Prince Charles caused great excitement when he came to visit his sister HRH The Princess Royal in his Aston Martin. She also explained how her English teacher at the School ignited her passion for literature.

Juliet discussed how she spent many years working in publishing in London and New York, and also as a literary agent. She also touched on her career in journalism, writing for the Daily and Sunday Telegraph, the Evening Standard, the Spectator and Harpers Bazaar. She went on to explain how, continuing her family’s literary traditions, she started to write at the age of 50 and has since published three books.

Her memoir A House Full of Daughters is an account of seven generations of daughters in her own family including her grandmother novelist Vita Sackville-West. She described growing up at her grandparents’ home, Sissinghurst Castle near Benenden, which is famous across the world for its gardens.