"The Story of Emerson College"

Book launch on Friday 17th May

Please join us

Next week sees the launch of "The Story of Emerson College: Its Founding Impulse, Work and Form" by Michael Spence. Join us to celebrate and explore the impulse behind this remarkable college which has inspired the lives and work of so many people around the world.


“Emerson was really a working together - a sum total of all the life’s paths, the working of karma and the fulfilling of pre-birth impulses and intentions of so many people, both staff and students. Every person who came to Emerson in some way touched it and changed it. Each year had its own biography. It was never an institution to which people came and passed through without leaving any mark on it.’ - Michael Spence

Book Launch of "The Story of Emerson College: Its Founding Impulse, Work and Form"

Friday, May 17th 2013 at 7:30pm

Ruskin Hall, Emerson College, Forest Row, East Sussex RH18 5JX



What was it about Emerson College that played such an important part in the lives of so many young people? Having joined the college early in its genesis, Michael Spence served as a key decision maker, administrator and teacher for more than a quarter of a century. In this first biography of Emerson, he gives a vivid picture of how the college came to be such a special place. But this is not a dry history of an organisation: it is brought to life with vibrant descriptions of many people, including the college’s founders Francis and Elizabeth Edmunds and John Davy, and also students, teachers, cooks, gardeners, accountants, administrators, and many others.


“The Story of Emerson College” is published by Temple Lodge. It will be available from the Emerson College Bookshop or direct from Michael Spence at mdspence@tinyworld.co.uk - price £14.99 plus postage - and from Anthroposophical bookshops.





Features of the evening

An exhibition of papers and pictures of the founding and early days of the college will be open from 7:00 pm. Michael Spence will speak of his experience in researching and writing the book. Roswitha Spence will say something of the people who joined Francis in the work of the college. Angela Locher will talk about her parents, Francis and Elizabeth Edmunds. Finally, there will be a brief talk on the intentions for the future of Emerson College.


The presentation will start and end with a little music. Before and after the presentations there will be time to look at the exhibition, meet former students or friends over refreshments, and buy and have a book signed by Michael.