Events to mark 50th anniversary of Evelyn Waughs death

Book lovers and film aficionados are invited to mark the 50th anniversary of the death of novelist Evelyn Waugh by attending a series of events during January and beyond, organised by The Complete Works of Evelyn Waugh project .

Waugh, who wrote such classics as Decline and Fall, Vile Bodies, A Handful of Dust and Brideshead Revisited, died in 1966 at the age of 62.

On the evening of Monday 18 January (7.30-9.30 p.m.), a new Evelyn Waugh Book Group will convene at Fingerprints Delicafe in Leicester near Victoria Park to discuss Decline and Fall, Waugh’s first novel, now widely regarded as one of the funniest books in the language. Thereafter meetings will be monthly. Attendance is free and members of the public are warmly invited to come along.

Following this, on Wednesday 20 January, the 2008 film of Brideshead Revisited starring Emma Thompson and Ben Wishaw will be shown at the Phoenix Cinema in Leicester in partnership with the Waugh project.

The screening (from 7.00 p.m.; tickets: £5) will be introduced by Rebecca Moore, a research postgraduate from the  School of English, who will be looking at the influence film had on Waugh’s work.