Kayleigh Betterton puts all the refusers to shame. After a brief stint at Bloomsbury Auctions, she is now an English teacher at a school in south London and after falling in love with the works of Oscar Wilde herself, she now teaches Wilde to her students, using her collection of first editions to do so). A prize-winner in the Anthony Davis Book Collecting Competition last year, she is keen to ensure that the next generation will continue to collect books. She will not only reflect on what inspired her to begin collecting Wilde, but will also share her thoughts on how using antiquarian books in schools can encourage young people to start their own collections.
The seminars are aimed at a broad audience including book-collectors, book-dealers, historians of all kinds, librarians, indeed at anyone with an interest in collecting any sort of text from the sixth-former to the retired professor. The atmosphere is informal, as are the presentations. They are held in the University of London’s Senate House and run from 6.00pm on the second Tuesday of each month.