Venue. Sidmouth Rugby Club
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VALERIE GROVE was born in South Shields, educated at Girton College Cambridge, and has been a journalist and author for 50 years working on the Evening Standard, the Sunday Times, The Times and (ever since its first issue in 1992) for The Oldie magazine. She has written 2,000 interviews, four biographies – Dodie Smith, Laurie Lee, John Mortimer, Kaye Webb – and now writes obituaries, mostly of old friends, for The Times.