Friday, 8 July 2011

Treadwell Lecture Attendance Guide


Welcome to Treadwells, this guide has been put together by a Treadwells lecture regular to explain the ins and outs of what to expect at a lecture for anyone thinking of attending for the first time.

Here are the steps involved in Treadwells lecture attendance:
  1. Decide on what lecture to attend
  2. Book a ticket for the event & directions to Treadwells bookshop
  3. Going inside
  4. Browsing and other pre-lecture socializing
  5. Listening to the Lecture and Questions & Answers
  6. Post-lecture chat
  7. Treadwells mailing list
Treadwells: 33 Store Street, London WC1E 7BS

 1. Decide on what lecture to attend
 The up to date Treadwells lecture and events list can be found here: http://www.treadwells-london.com/events-and-workshops/.

2. Book a ticket for the event & directions to Treadwells bookshop
To book a ticket, simply call the shop and ask if a place is available on the lecture(s) that you are interested in attending. The earlier you book the better your chances of getting a seat.

You’ll need to provide a Visa or Electron credit or debit card to make a payment as well as a contact telephone number. The shop details can be found here.

Opening Times: 12 noon to 7pm daily, including Sundays
Phone: 020 7419 8507 (new number!)
Address: 33 Store Street
Bloomsbury
London WC1E 7BS
Map and Directions
Email: info@treadwells-london.com
3. Going inside
The big day has arrived and it’s time to go in to the shop listen to the lecture. It’s recommended that you turn up around 7pm and if you arrive after the lecture starts at 7:30pm you will not be allowed inside.

The lecture registration desk is on the right as you come in to the shop. The people who work in the shop are very friendly and welcoming so feel free to ask any questions.

4. Browsing and other pre-lecture socializing
Before the lecture people generally browse, chat with other attendees, and buy a glass of wine (£2 per glass) although not necessarily in that order.

5. Listening to the Lecture and Questions & Answers
The lecture starts at 7:30pm. Christina introduces the speaker, point out where the facilities are and requests that questions be saved for the end of the lecture. The talks usually last until 8:30pm followed by up to 30 minutes of questions and answers. Just raise your hand to ask a question and wait to get the go ahead to speak.

From personal experience the Q&A sessions are often the highlight of the lecture. The background, knowledge and experience of the people attending lectures is very eclectic ranging from academics, practitioners of magic, to people who turned up purely out of a sense of curiosity. “You’ll find some of the most interesting people in London at Treadwells lectures,” is how one mainstream newspaper described Treadwells talks.

6. Post-lecture chat
After the lecture more wine and nibbles are available. Some people head off after the lecture but if you’re not in a rush to leave - I recommend staying and striking up or joining in some of the stimulating post-lecture conversations.

7. Treadwells mailing list
To sign up to future Treadwells lectures, courses, book launches and other events – you can subscribe using this link: Treadwells mailing list

Edit: Correct some broken links.