Professor Jane Ridley: How to Do Biography

Events available on demand from 29-31 October

Jane Ridley

Jane Ridley


If you are thinking about writing biography (or not?) about a famous person, or a member of your family, then this masterclass is for you, as Jane talks about the do’s and don’ts and the thrills and spills of becoming a biographer with guidance on choosing a subject, doing research, organising your material and cradle to grave versus shaped life and in doing so you will discover the enjoyment of delving into a life which is not your own. A Q&A session will follow.

Jane Ridley is in charge of the University of Buckingham’s Master of Arts course in Biography since establishing it in 1996. A course with wide appeal, it is aimed at anyone who has an interest in biography or in researching and writing a biography for themselves. She wrote the acclaimed Bertie: A life of Edward VII and her Life of George V: Never a Dull Moment will be published later in the year. She has appeared in many tv documentaries about royal history and is the current chairman of the Biographers’ Club.

Chaired by Ariane Bankes