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Living in Arcadia: Sophie Swithinbank reflects on the early days of her David Bradshaw Creative Writing Residency, 2019

Living in Arcadia: Sophie Swithinbank reflects on the early days of her David Bradshaw Creative Writing Residency, 2019

Sophie Swithinbank reflects on the paradox of traditional and millennial values that exist in Oxford, in 2019, and her first week in Oxford, as part – time David Bradshaw Creative Writer in Residence, 2019.     Hello! This is my first (ever) blog so I cannot tell you whether it will be worth your while […]

Drifting into Heritage: R. M. Francis’ Week 1 of David Bradshaw Creative Writing Residency, 2019

Drifting into Heritage: R. M. Francis’ Week 1 of David Bradshaw Creative Writing Residency, 2019

Dr Robert M. Francis reflects on the impact place has upon the self and his first week in Oxford as a full – time David Bradshaw Creative Writer in Residence, 2019.   With my first week as David Bradshaw Creative Writer in Residence complete, I want to start my first blog by sending out some […]

Portrait of the late Professor David Bradshaw

Professor David Bradshaw, 1955-2016

The Complete Works of Evelyn Waugh project is deeply sad to announce the untimely passing of our Co-Investigator, David Bradshaw. David had been ill with cancer for some months. Below are some personal memories of David from members of the CWEW team.               From Barbara Cooke:   I first […]

The fictional Azanian empire

Book Group: Black Mischief

The following post is a collaboration between Barbara Cooke and Geoffrey Lewis This is a grotesquely comic story with numerous characters and a great deal of action. The sense of exhilaration keeps going to the end. Waugh’s skill lies in defining the characters so that they are not confused; the many contortions of the plot […]

Auberon Waugh stands in front of Combe Florey House

Alexander Waugh at the Leicester Literary and Philosophical Society

On Monday 19th October Alexander Waugh, Evelyn’s grandson, gave a lecture on Combe Florey House (Evelyn’s last home) to the Leicester Literary and Philosophical Society. Alexander told us about Evelyn’s constant desire to change and improve his houses – as seen in the many alterations he made to Piers Court (where he lived from 1937-1956). […]

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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