Tuesday, 14 November 2006, 12:00AM

The grinning shadow that sat at the feast: In commemoration of Hector Munro, 'Saki'

Professor Tim Connell

Hector Munro was a journalist better known for his satire and biting wit, written under the pen name Saki. He foresaw the outbreak of war and wrote about it in 1913 with When William Came. Although over-age, he volunteered for service at the outbreak of war with the Royal Fusiliers (a City regiment) and died on the Somme. But why did he refuse a commison, why did he not join the Intelligence battalion to stay out of the trenches - and why did he choose the pen-name Saki? A 100-year literary mystery is about to be solved.

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An honorary life fellow of Gresham College, Professor Tim Connell set up Language Studies at City, University of London and became an emeritus professor in 2009. He holds the degree of Doctor of Letters from City University. He is a graduate of Oxford, Liverpool and London universities, and has studied in Spain and Mexico.

His particular interest is in the field of professional training for translators and interpreters, where he works closely with the Chartered Institute of Linguists, of which he is a Fellow and a Vice-President.

International education is another area of key concern. He is deputy chair of the international course board for the Ecole Supérieure de Commerce de Paris, which also covers London, Berlin, and Madrid. His main language is Spanish (for professional and family reasons) and he has had links with Latin America for many years.

He writes and broadcasts regularly on a wide range of themes relating to London, languages in the modern world and diverse cultural topics. He is a member of the All Party Parliamentary Languages Group.

He has developed particular links in the Square Mile. He is a Freeman of the City of London, sits on the Court of the Stationers' Company and is chair of their Livery Committee. He is Chairman of the Gresham Society.

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14 November 2006

The grinning shadow that sat at the feast: In commemoration of Hector Munro, 'Saki'
Professor Tim Connell

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