Party Like it’s 1929

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Design by Rebecca Moore.

Design by Rebecca Moore.

What: Party like it’s 1929! Come to the Old Hundreth and celebrate with the Evelyn Waugh Book Group as we read extracts from our favourite Waugh books, ranging from the black comedy of A Handful of Dust to bittersweet Brideshead Revisited. Sip authentic cocktails whilst wearing your own 20s-themed glad rags. Nibbles provided.

When: Thursday 2nd October 2014, 7pm-11pm

Where: The Crumblin’ Cookie, Leicester


Admission and nibbles free, paying bar. Over 18s only please. Reserve your place now


In June, we were delighted to hear that the Waugh Corner has been awarded a small community grant by Leicester’s Everybody’s Reading festival. This year the festival runs from 27th September-5th October, with book-themed events popping up all over the city. And our contribution to this? To throw a party, of course.

a film still from Stephen Fry's Bright Young Things

A few costume suggestions from Stephen Fry’s Bright Young Things (2003)

On Thursday 2nd October, the downstairs bar of the Crumblin’ Cookie will be transformed into the Old Hundreth, serving authentic twenties cocktails and Waugh-themed food (no plovers’ eggs, ice swans or human flesh I’m afraid) and playing the kind of hideous “modern” music Evelyn Waugh despised. So why not come dressed as your favourite Bright Young Thing and sip a mint julep while the Waugh Book Group entertain you with readings from their favourite Waugh novels?

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2 responses to “Party Like it’s 1929”

  1. Rebecca Moore

    I can’t wait – I shall have to go home over the summer and rummage through my dressing up box (actually a wardrobe!)

  2. Ian Truslove

    19:29…I’m looking forward to attending. I should mention that I normally retire not much later than 20:30.

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