Two Waugh Events at Cheltenham Festival

The Cheltenham Literature Festival is featuring two Waugh-related events in October. The first is entitled Evelyn Waugh: Brideshead and Beyond and will involve a panel discussion. Here’s a description:

Philip Eade, author of the new biography Evelyn Waugh: A Life Revisited, Alexander Waugh (Fathers and Sons), writer and grandson of Evelyn Waugh, and James Holland, acclaimed historian and Waugh fan explore Waugh’s life and the enduring popularity of his work with Paula Byrne (Mad World: Evelyn Waugh and the Secrets of Brideshead).

This event will take place on Wednesday, 12 October at 1130a in The Times Forum at the Montpellier Gardens site.

The second event is entitled Cheltenham Booker: 1945. It also involves a panel who will discuss which novel published in 1945 from the following shortlist should have won the Booker award for that year:

Which 1945 title deserves to win our very own Booker? You decide! Akala, Raffaella Barker, Antonia Byatt, Rachel Johnson and Alexei Sayle discuss George Orwell’s Animal Farm, Elizabeth Smart’s By Grand Central Station I Sat Down and Wept, Elizabeth Taylor’s At Mrs Lippincote’s, Nancy Mitford’s The Pursuit of Love and Evelyn Waugh’s Brideshead Revisited, chaired by James Walton. They fight it out to determine which would have triumphed, had The Man Booker Prize existed in 1945. Introduction by John Coldstream.

The panel will convene on Saturday, 15 October at 1230p in the Town Hall, Baillie Gifford Stage. Tickets for both events are £10 plus transaction fee and go on sale to the public on 7 September.

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