Library Buffet Talk on Tea & Trollope

On Thursday, Mrs Blanco, one of our Latin teachers, gave a wonderful presentation on the Victorian writer, Anthony Trollope, at the Library Buffet Talk. This talk was the second this year in a series of termly talks offered to staff, governors and selected UVI girls organised by Miss Edmonds, the school’s Librarian.

Mrs Blanco described her passion for Trollope, which began when she was living in Prague teaching English to students. Her mother sent her a parcel of books, which included Trollope’s Barchester Towers, which she read whilst sipping tea in the Prague cafés. She explained how Trollope’s style of writing is full of dialogue and wonderful descriptions of characters and comical scenarios they encountered. Trollope had a miserable childhood, brought up in a poor family and sent to Harrow where he was persistently maltreated. However, this resentment is never reflected in his writing. Unable to advance his career in the Post Office in England, he took a posting in Ireland and it was there that he began writing around his work. He eventually became an extremely successful writer, publishing 47 novels, 18 non-fiction books, plays and articles. He wrote for three hours per day and said, “More than nine-tenths of my literary work has been done in the last twenty years, and during twelve of those years I followed another profession. I have never been a slave to this work, giving due time, if not more than due time, to the amusements I have loved. But I have been constant, – and constancy in labour will conquer all difficulties: Gutta cavat lapidem non vi, sed saepe cadendo.”

Mrs Blanco concluded her talk by saying that her idea of perfection is to lie on a comfortable sofa beside the fire, sipping tea and reading Trollope.

Thank you to Mrs Blanco and to the catering team who prepared a delicious buffet for everyone.


St Mary's Shaftesbury-Library Buffet Talk on Tea &Trollope