Are you ready to party like it’s 1929?

Posted by ap507 at Sep 29, 2014 11:25 AM |
University of Leicester reading group to organise Evelyn Waugh public party event on 2 October

Issued by the University of Leicester's Press Office on 29 September

Photograph of actors Douglas Fairbanks and Mary Pickford taken in the 1920s wearing attire similar to that which will be worn during the event on Wikipedia:

Elaborate cocktails and 1920s attire will be all the rage at a free public event to celebrate the life of English author Evelyn Waugh on Thursday 2 October 2014.

‘Party Like It’s 1929’ has been organised by the Waugh Book Club based at the University of Leicester and seeks to replicate the life and times of Evelyn Waugh, best known for his novels A Handful of Dust, Brideshead Revisited and Vile Bodies.

The event will take place in the downstairs bar of the Crumblin’ Cookie in Leicester city, which will be transformed into Waugh’s notorious fictional club the Old Hundreth, serving authentic twenties cocktails and nibbles to a soundtrack of swinging jazz.

Visitors are encouraged to dress as their favourite ‘Bright Young Thing’ and sip Brandy Alexanders while listening to readings from Waugh’s novels. 

The event forms part of Leicester’s Everybody’s Reading festival, which runs from 27 September – 5 October, with book-themed events taking place throughout the city.

Everybody’s Reading is a nine-day festival which aims to encourage people from all over Leicester to hear spoken word artists, poets, authors and community writers in their local community venues and offers funding to help make this happen.

The Waugh Book Group is part of the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC)-funded Complete Works of Evelyn Waugh project based at the University of Leicester, whose Co-Executive Editor is Professor Martin Stannard.

Group organiser and project Research Associate Dr Barbara Cooke says: “The Waugh Book Group has been running for nearly a year now and so we thought the Everybody’s Reading festival was the perfect opportunity to share our love of Waugh with all Leicester book lovers – not to mention cocktail lovers, and lovers of fancy dress.

“Everyone has picked a reading from their favourite Waugh novel, so you can be sure to go away knowing a lot more about this fantastic writer than you did when you came in.”

The free public ‘Party Like It’s 1929’ event will take place on Thursday 2 October at the Crumblin’ Cookie between 7:00pm – 11:00pm.

Entrants must be 18 or over to attend.

Visit here to book your place:

More information about the event can be found here:

More information about the Complete Works of Evelyn Waugh project can be found here:

Find out more about the Everybody’s Reading festival here:

Please send enquiries about joining the Evelyn Waugh Book Group to

For more information about the life of Evelyn Waugh and his contemporaries, including the recently deceased Deborah 'Debo' Mitford:



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