The Anglo-Ethiopian Society
Lecture - Imperial Exile: Emperor Haile Selassie in Britain 1936-40
Saturday 20th August 2016
Event organised by the Ethiopian Association of Students & Youth in the UK (EASYUK)
1:30pm to 5:00pm, Ethiopian Community In Britain Centre, 2A Lithos Road, London, NW3 6EF
This year is the 80th anniversary of the arrival in Bath of Emperor Haile Selassie I of Ethiopia. The Ethiopian Association of Students & Youth in the UK (EASYUK), kindly invites you to a free lecture by Keith Bowers and the launch of his book - Imperial Exile.
With the plight of refugees constantly in the news this gripping story of the exile of the Ethiopian Emperor Haile Selassie in Britain is both timely and intriguing. He had to take refuge in the spa city of Bath in the 1930s after fleeing his country to escape the invading armies of the Italian fascist leader Benito Mussolini. Imperial Exile reveals the full depth of the debilitating struggles that all exiles face — even the likes of Kings. It tells the story of how the Emperor is nearly crushed by a myriad of financial, political and personal pressures. But also reflects how a sudden twist of good fortune intervenes. The book is packed with beguiling eyewitness anecdotes, supported by a range of rare and fascinating photographs of both Britain and Ethiopia.
The author is Keith Bowers, a former BBC executive producer who lives in Bath and travels regularly to Ethiopia.
Join the author for a discussion on the book. Copies of the book will be on sale.