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 commission, 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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Tim Connell is Professor Emeritus at City, University of London, having been head of languages there for nearly twenty years. He is deputy chair of the international course board of ESCP Europe, the French grande école which has centres in Paris, London, Berlin, Madrid, Turin and Warsaw.

He is a graduate of Oxford, Liverpool and London universities, and has also studied in Spain and Mexico. His particular languages are Spanish, French and Portuguese and he has extensive experience of both Spain and Latin America. 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 Vice-President).  He attends meetings of the All Parties Parliamentary Languages Group, which advises Government on matters of language policy.

As a Fellow of Gresham College he sits on the Academic Board and has organised cycles of lectures in the Mondays at One series for 24 years, looking at topics of mainly current interest and speaks on a variety of subjects himself.  He has devised half-day symposia on a wide range of themes with an invited panel of experts and is currently looking at the development of webinars. He is also Chair of the Gresham Society, which aims to support the work of the College.

He maintains close links in the Square Mile as a Liveryman of the Stationers’ and Newspaper Makers’ Company, where he is a Court Assistant. He has been Chair of the Livery Committee and currently sits on the Strategy Oversight Committee. He is also involved in developing various charity projects.

Tim writes and speaks on topics relating to the history of the City of London and also covers themes relating to contemporary Latin America. He sits on the Advisory Board of Cambridge Scholars Publishing.

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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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