Jan 14 Friday.

To Manchester by 11.50 train arriving 3.20. In train a long informative conversation on the management of steeple-chase courses.[RG]
Met by L.C. Knights1 & Ethel Herdman. Tea at Staff room of ×××× [indecipherable] Professors.
Laura's address completely mystified but impressed the audience: they talked to her in an adjoining tea-room afterwards. Very low mental age. A local poet Godwin, who calls himself William Blant made ambitious interruptions. Knights was good. Then dinner at Ashbourne Hall where Ethel is assistant Warden & talk in Ethel's room with Miss Hussey, a birdlike Byzantine hist[RG] Theologian, Knights (pathetically nice) & his wife, a charming girl Classics in a dressing-gown (Granger) and finally Donald Boyd2 – instant recognition.

Editorial Notes

1Lloyd Charles Knights KG
2 B.B.C.; author of Salute to Guns KG

Hands Referenced

    • Annotation: ink correction
    • Character: regular
    • Ink: black

Places Mentioned

  • Manchester

    Manchester, England
    Location of Manchester University eds.

People Mentioned

  • Laura

    Riding,Laura
    (1901-91) American poet. Laura Riding (née Reichenthal; then Laura Gottschalk).
  • Ethel Herdman

    Herdman, Ethel
    James Reeves' sister RPG; Assistant warden of Ashbourne Hall, Manchester University KG; nicknamed "Ether" by RG and LR, Sept 1937 eds.
  • Graves, Robert
    Author of the diary.

Organizations Mentioned

  • British Broadcasting Corporation

    British Broadcasting Corporation