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Writer as Intellectual and Physical Drifter: Dr Rob M Francis reflects on his role as David Bradshaw Creative Writer in Residence and two of his favourite Oxford sites

Writer as Intellectual and Physical Drifter: Dr Rob M Francis reflects on his role as David Bradshaw Creative Writer in Residence and two of his favourite Oxford sites

  It’s been an absolute pleasure to be the inaugural full time David Bradshaw Writer in Residence. I’ve been thrilled in so many ways and by so many aspects of this amazing project. One such thrill has been how welcome I’ve been made by Worcester College and the Weston Library – their fantastic teams have […]

Reflecting, Revisiting, Removing: Sophie Swithinbank discusses inhabiting Waugh’s Oxford and the important role the David Bradshaw Creative Writing Residency has played in her development as a playwright

Reflecting, Revisiting, Removing: Sophie Swithinbank discusses inhabiting Waugh’s Oxford and the important role the David Bradshaw Creative Writing Residency has played in her development as a playwright

  Endings can be difficult.   But last night’s performance at the Abingdon Arms was a jubilant, complete and perfect ending to what has been an incredible seven weeks of deep and intense focus on my writing practice. I feel nourished, through the time and space that this residency has offered. I feel confident in […]

Duff Cooper bookplate pasted inside the autograph draft of “Ninety-Two Days”, a highlight of the Rothschilds' Waugh Collection. Box 9(13), Evelyn Waugh Papers, The Huntington Library, San Marino, California. Image by Naomi Milthorpe

Manuscripts as Memorials

The following guest post is kindly supplied by Andrew W. Mellon fellow Dr Naomi Milthorpe. In my first Waugh and Words post I raised some questions about what the collections at different research archives can reveal for Waugh scholars and enthusiasts. I’m interested in how each collection illuminates a different aspect of Waugh; why Waugh […]

Evelyn Waugh, Cynic?

Evelyn Waugh, Cynic?

The following guest post is kindly supplied by Andrew W. Mellon fellow Dr Naomi Milthorpe. In early December 2015 I took up a Research Fellowship at the Huntington Library in California, to work on a project rather ambitiously titled “Waugh and the Library.” Having spent time researching Waugh’s writing and book collecting using the archives […]

Lavery (left) and Cruden with readers Andrina Caroll and Beth Lilly

Bryony Lavery Takes Flyte

Inside a new production of Brideshead Revisited, York Theatre Royal There is a moment in Brideshead Revisited when Charles Ryder observes to Julia Flyte that he and she could be characters in a play: “It’s like the setting of a comedy,” I said. “Scene: a baroque fountain in a nobleman’s grounds. Act one, sunset; act […]

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