Tolkien scholar and author, John Garth, is to be the after-dinner Guest Speaker at the Tolkien Society’s 2014 AGM at Hay-on-Wye on 12th April.
John is the author of the critically-acclaimed work of scholarship Tolkien and the Great War and regularly writes about Tolkien in the local and national press. John has also written a guest editorial for the Tolkien Society’s journal, Mallorn, and has undertaken extensive research on Tolkien’s time at Exeter College, Oxford.
This isn’t the first time John has spoken at a Tolkien Society event: he came to the Society’s AGM ten years ago in Lincoln whilst in 2012 he spoke at the Tolkien Society’s international conference “The Return of the Ring”. Previous Guest Speakers at the Society’s AGMs include Priscilla Tolkien, Rayner Unwin, Michael Tolkien, Brian Sibley, Ted Nasmith and Tom Shippey.
Shaun is the current Chair of The Tolkien Society. Elected in 2013, Shaun regularly speaks about adaptations of Tolkien’s works whilst passionately believing the Society needs to reach out to new audiences. In his spare time can be found in the cinema, playing video games and Lego, or on Twitter.