The Society's third Evelyn Waugh Conference, held at Downside Abbey and School in Somerset, England, concluded on August 19th.
The conference schedule included papers by eminent Waugh specialists Donat Gallagher, Robert Murray Davis, and Ann Pasternak Slater, and presentations by Paula Byrne, author of Mad World: Evelyn Waugh and the Secrets of Brideshead, Derek Granger, producer of the 1981 Granada Television series Brideshead Revisited, and Duncan McLaren, author of the forthcoming Evelyn!: Rhapsody for an Obsessive Love. Evelyn Waugh’s grandson, Alexander Waugh, presided over the sessions.
The conference included two Somerset excursions, the first to the village of Mells, which has strong Waugh associations, and the second to Combe Florey, where Waugh lived from 1957 until his death in 1966.
Consideration is being given to the date and location of the fourth Evelyn Waugh Conference.