Celia Sandys, author of several excellent books about her grandfather Sir Winston Churchill, will interview Lady Williams of Elvel, the former Jane Portal and one of Sir Winston’s last-surviving secretaries, at the 34th International Churchill Conference, which will take place at the J. W. Marriott Essex House in New York City next October 10, 11, and 12. Follow this link to register today.
Celia’s books include The Young Churchill about her grandfather’s youth, Churchill Wanted Dead or Alive about his adventures in South Africa, and Chasing Churchill about his various travels. She is Co-Chair of the International Churchill Society Board of Advisers and a highly popular speaker.
Lady Williams worked for Sir Winston in the early 1950s. Her uncles included Sir Charles Portal, head of the Royal Air Force during the Second World War and R. A. Butler, who served as a Cabinet minister under Churchill both during and after the war. Additionally, Lady Williams is the mother of the current Archbishop of Canterbury. Her recollections with Celia Sandys promise to be a highlight of the conference.
The theme for this year’s conference will be “Churchill the International Statesman,” and several high profile speakers have already been announced including former British Foreign Secretary David Owen and historian Paul Bew. Both men are now members of the House of Lords and authors of recent books about Churchill.
First-time conference speakers will also include best-selling author Lewis E. Lehrman, co-founder of the Gilder-Lehrman Institute of American history and author of Churchill, Roosevelt, and Company. We are also pleased to announce that Pulitzer Prize winning author Thomas E. Ricks has now been added to the schedule. Ricks is the author of the newly-published New York Times bestseller Churchill and Orwell: The Fight for Freedom.
Return favorites at this year’s conference will include Andrew Roberts speaking on “Churchill’s Sense of Living History,” and David Lough speaking on “Churchill and the Art of the Deal.”
The full conference schedule will be published in the coming months.
Registration is free for high school and college students, however, student tickets are not available online. If you are interested in a student ticket, please contact Natalie Ellis at the National Churchill Library and Center.