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Date & Time

Monday 14th December


Complimentary. Please note that places for this event are limited and therefore we encourage you to register as soon as possible.


Complimentary. Please register via the ‘Register here’ button. The link to the event will be sent to the email address provided on the registration form a couple of days before the event.


You’ll be given a link to the event. You should not share this link, but members of your household are welcome to join the call (these guests will be with you on camera, using the same device/Zoom account). 

Booking deadline

Friday 11 December 2020

General information

For further information or if you have any enquiries, please contact the Development Office on 01223 338700 or at

Johnian Society Virtual Pub Evening: Interview with Mike Brearley (1960)

The current restrictions on social gatherings make it harder than usual for Johnians to meet in person. To address this, the Johnian Society is hosting a series of virtual get-togethers via Zoom. 

You may participate in the virtual meeting for as long or short a time as you like, staying just for the interview or also engaging in friendly conversation with fellow alumni. 

Johnian Mike Brearley (1960) will talk about how his interest and subsequent career as a psychoanalyst has been shaped by influences from his early life and College experiences, as well as how he reconciled academic and sporting interests in a multi-faceted career.

Annamarie Phelps (1984), Vice President of the Johnian Society, will conduct the interview, which will be followed by a Q&A.

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5.45–6pm: Online check-in opens.
6–6.05pm: Welcome message from Annamarie Phelps (1984), Vice President of the Johnian Society.
6.05–6.35pm: Interview with Mike Brearley (1960).
6.35pm onwards: Q&A and networking.

Invited speaker:

Mike Brearley (1960)

Mike Brearley began reading Classics at St John’s. After two years and a completed Part I, he switched to Part II in Moral Sciences, partly inspired by Renford Bambrough, later President of the College. Mike played cricket for and captained the University club, and he flirted with a professional cricket career. He also worked on a PhD in Philosophy and taught Philosophy at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne for three years, returning to cricket in 1971 to captain Middlesex. Later he played 39 Tests for England, captaining in 31. Mike became increasingly interested in Psychoanalysis, an interest first aroused by learning Philosophy and working for the Samaritans. He became a Psychoanalyst in 1985, and since then he has worked as a Psychotherapist at the Camden Psychotherapy Unit, as a school counsellor, and privately. He has also given papers on psychoanalytic topics and on leadership and motivation. Mike has written several books, including The Art of CaptaincyOn FormOn Cricket and most recently Spirit of Cricket: Reflections on Play and Life.

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