As part of Oxford Alumni Weekend (16-18 September), Waugh biographer Paula Byrne will appear with her husband Jonathan Bate in a program entitled “The Life of the Biographer.” The discussion at Worcester College is described in the program:
The art and the challenges of writing a biography will be shared by distinguished biographers talking about recent works. Sir Jonathan Bate’s book about Ted Hughes was published to high acclaim, but also controversy, while in her latest biography Dr Paula Byrne uncovered the extraordinary story of John F Kennedy’s forgotten sister, Kick, the heir to Chatsworth.
Byrne’s earlier work Mad World: Evelyn Waugh and the Secrets of Brideshead was published in 2009. She spoke on her work about both Kathleen Kennedy and Waugh at last year’s conference “Evelyn Waugh and his Circle: Reading and Editing the Complete Works” at the University of Leicester. Byrne’s Alumni Weekend presentation will take place on Sunday, 18 September from 1145a-1300p in the Linbury Room at Worcester College. Booking information and entry fees for this and other Alumni Weekend events are available here.