Film screenings and book groups to mark 50th anniversary of Evelyn Waugh’s death

Posted by ap507 at Jan 13, 2016 09:54 AM |
University of Leicester events throughout January celebrate life of Brideshead Revisited author

Issued by University of Leicester Press Office on 13 January 2016

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 University of Leicester’s 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.

To mark the 50th anniversary, 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, hilarious 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 University’s School of English, who will be looking at the influence film had on Waugh’s work.

The Complete Works of Evelyn Waugh project is based at the University of Leicester. Oxford University Press will publish all of Waugh's writings, including many previously unpublished letters and the unexpurgated diaries, in one definitive edition.

More events are scheduled to mark the anniversary throughout the year.

Professor Martin Stannard, Principal Investigator on the project from the University of Leicester’s School of English, said: “Waugh is now recognised as one of the great novelists of the twentieth century. OUP's willingness to invest so much in a 43-volume edition, and the large Arts and Humanities Research Council Grant to support the project, are testament to his continuously escalating reputation.”

Further information about the project, including a full list of events, is available here:

For information about the Phoenix screening of Brideshead Revisited and to book tickets, visit the website:


Notes to editors:

For more information about the events please contact Dr Barbara Cooke from the University of Leicester’s School of English on

For further information about the Evelyn Waugh Book Group please email

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