We host national, international and local events celebrating the CWEW project. Most events are open to the Public and most are free to attend.

Upcoming events

Details of upcoming, Complete Works events will be added here.

Past events

When and whereEvent typeTitleOverview

Monday 3rd June 2019,

7:00 pm to 8:30 pm

The Abingdon Arms pub, High St, Beckley, Oxford OX3 9UU

No need to book, just turn up!

Public reading City of Inspiration: The role of Oxford in the life and work of Evelyn Waugh and as catalyst for new writing in 2019

We are very grateful to the Abingdon Arms for hosting what was a wonderful celebratory and dynamic evening of readings and discussion as Dr Barbara Cooke (Co - Executive Editor of the Complete Works) returned to the Abingdon Arms, to read from her 2018 publication, Evelyn Waugh's Oxford.

Dr Cooke was certainly in good company as she was joined by poet, Dr Robert M. Francis and playwright, Ms Sophie Swithinbank, both of whom will be performed readings of new, Oxford - inspired writing, created during their time as the 2019 David Bradshaw Creative Writers in Residence, at Worcester College and the Bodleian Library.

Supporting the creation of new work, the Complete Works project funded one full - time residency and one part - time residency. Both residencies were based in one or both of our partner organisations in Oxford, from April 18th, right through to June 4th, 2019.

The David Bradshaw Creative Writing Residency offered writers the opportunity to be based in the city that inspired Waugh, and to create a piece of writing evoked by or in response to that city, as experienced in 2019.

Read more about the David Bradshaw Creative Writing Residency

Saturday 1st June 2019

2 pm - 3.30 pm

Blackwell Hall, Weston Library,
Broad Street, Oxford

No need to book, just turn up!

Drop - in creative writing and printing workshop My Place: drop - in creative writing and printing workshop

During this drop - in workshop, Rob Francis and Sophie Swithinbank, (David Bradshaw Creative Writers in Residence), asked the passing public to sit and take some time to think and write about what 'place' meant to them.

Participants were also encouraged to design and write their own personalised postcards, reflecting on the thoughts, feelings, memories and emotions evoked by the words 'My Place'.

Participants were then encouraged to display their postcards for passers-by to peruse.

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Saturday 1st June 2019

10 am - 1 pm

Meeting point: Main entrance, Weston Library,
Broad Street, Oxford

Booking required

Creative writing walking tour workshop Rob Francis  Creative Writing Walking Tour Workshop

David Bradshaw Creative Writer in Residence, Dr Robert M. Francis, led a one-off Psychogeographic writing workshop and walking tour.

Rob introduced writers, both novice and established, to new creative ways of approaching space and place, during an Evelyn Waugh inspired walk of Oxford, taking in some of the sites significant to Waugh’s experiences and writings of Oxford.

At each location, the group undertook a writing mini-retreat and got the chance to explore cutting-edge ways of writing from place.

This session started at the main entrance of the Weston Library, with a brief introduction to the key ideas and methods behind the workshop. Rob then led the group on a stroll through the streets of Waugh's Oxford, using his life and work as inspiration for new creative endeavours.

This event is free but booking is essential as places are limited.

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Friday 10 May 2019, 8.30pm

Chipping Campden Literature Festival,

School Hall

Chipping Campden 
GL55 6AG

Reading/ performance and panel discussion SCOOP: WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT EVELYN

Scoop is often cited as the best comic novel about journalism, and its author Evelyn Waugh, one-time correspondent on the Daily Mail, might just as appropriately have called it Fake News. It remains as relevant and funny today as when first published in 1938.

Sam Walters and Auriol Smith read from this classic novel, and Prof Martin Stannard and Duncan McLaren (with historic photographs and press cuttings) presented their own take on it, and discussed the two very different directions Waugh studies are going in the twenty-first century.

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Wednesday 20 March 2019


Attenborough Seminar Block, room 202

Interdisciplinary seminar open to University of Leicester staff Evelyn Waugh in America

Co - Executive Editor, Prof Martin Stannard was invited to deliver a lunchtime talk as part of the the Interdisciplinary Connections: Explorations in Research Methods seminar series.

Read more about the subject matter of this seminar here

Tuesday 12 February 2019,

17:30 to 19:30,

Ushaw College
Durham University

Public lecture

Evelyn Waugh, Catholicism, and America: Hollywood, Death, and the Religious Life

Co - Executive Editor, Prof Martin Stannard, was invited to Durham University, to deliver a free public lecture as part of the Ushaw Lecture Series, organised by the Centre for Catholic Studies.

The Ushaw Lecture Series celebrates the cultural and research significance of the remarkable bibliographical, archival and material-cultural collections at Ushaw, and the wider history of which they are expressions. The lectures cover music, art, drama, poetry and literature, architecture, material-culture, politics, science and theology.

Find out more about Prof Stannard's lecture and the Ushaw Lecture series

Saturday 17 November 2018

Bookcity festival, British Council, Milan, Italy

Panel discussion Return to Waugh: Bookcity Festival Milano 2018

Members of the Complete Works team accepted an invitation to take part in the seventh Bookcity Milano, a four - day festival fully dedicated to the art of reading and writing, 15 – 18 November 2018.

Waugh’s current Italian translator, Ottavio Fatica contributed to a panel discussion including Professor Giovanni Iamartino (University of Milan), Dr Sara Sullam (University of Milan), Professor Martin Stannard (editor of Vile Bodies), Dr Sharon Ouditt (editor of Labels), Professor Simon James (editor of Decline and Fall) and Rebecca Moore (CWEW project PhD student).

Hosted by the British Council, Milan, and in collaboration with the University of Milan, the event took place on Saturday 17th November, 5 – 7pm against the backdrop of a display of key Waugh documents from the Milan University Library archives. The exhibition was on display at the Council building for two weeks before the event, giving the public ample opportunity to investigate its fascinating contents.

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3 - 17 November 2018

British Council, Milan, Italy

Exhibition Return to Waugh: Bookcity Festival Milano 2018

An exhibition of fascinating, key Waugh documents from the Milan University Library archives was on display at the British Council, Milan in November 2018.

The result of a collaboration between the Complete Works project, the British Council and the University of Milan, the exhibition was on display at the Council building for two weeks before a Complete Works panel discussion on the 17th November.

Both the exhibition and the panel discussion were part of the seventh Bookcity Milano, a four - day festival fully dedicated to the art of reading and writing, 15 – 18 November 2018.

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Saturday 27 October 2018

University of Leicester

October half term  creative writing workshop for 11 - 18 year olds Waugh's Winner Takes All & Flash Fiction: Creative Writing Workshop

CWEW collaborated with Writing East Midlands to deliver a creative writing workshop for 11 - 18 year olds.

Led by writer Divya Ghelani, Waugh's short story 'Winner Takes All' was explored and used as inspiration to create fun flash fiction pieces of writing. Participants also investigated other Waugh texts and learned all about the life of Waugh, one of Britain's most important 20th Century writers.

Read our event poster

Read some fantastic writing samples produced by our young writers


Saturday 28 July 2018


Abingdon Arms pub

High St, Beckley, Oxford OX3 9UU

Public Talk Celebrating Evelyn Waugh at The Abingdon Arms: A Blue Plaque Unveiling

Evelyn Waugh wrote parts of Rossetti (1928), Vile Bodies (1930), and Black Mischief (1932), as well as the conclusion of Remote People (1931), while residing in a pub called The Abingdon Arms in Beckley, a picturesque village about 4.5 miles northeast of the centre of Oxford.

Complete Works General Editor and Waugh's grandson, Alexander Waugh and Dr Barbara Cooke were invited to The Abingdon Arms to unveil a blue plaque to Evelyn Waugh. A mouth-watering, Waugh – inspired feast followed the unveiling during which both Dr Barbara Cooke and Alexander Waugh delivered speeches, highlighting the important role that the pub played in Waugh's development as a writer.

Read press coverage of the event

Friday15 June 2018

2 - 3.30pm

Third International Conference of the French Society for Modernist Studies (SEM), 13 - 16 June 2018

Sorbonne Université 1 rue Victor Cousin 75005


International Conference "They Nicked the Edge and Tore Straight”: Materiality, Process and Vocation in the Aesthetic Philosophy of Evelyn Waugh

Complete Works Co - Executive Editor, Dr Barbara Cooke was invited to deliver a paper entitled “They Nicked the Edge and Tore Straight”: Materiality, Process and Vocation in the Aesthetic Philosophy of Evelyn Waugh, as part of this three - day conference.

Read the conference programme

18 March 2018

Oxford Literary Festival


Public Talk

Evelyn Waugh’s Oxford: Oxford Literary Festival

To coincide with the launch of her wonderfully insightful and beautifully illustrated publication, Evelyn Waugh's Oxford, CWEW project Co – Investigator, Dr Barbara Cooke was invited to deliver a public talk discussing the importance of Oxford to Evelyn Waugh and how it was portrayed in various forms in his novels.

Delivered as part of Oxford Literary Festival, Cooke explored the prose and graphic work Waugh produced as an undergraduate, his love for places such as the Botanic Garden, the Oxford Union and The Chequers, and Oxford’s portrayal in works such as Brideshead Revisited and A Little Learning.

16 March 2018

BBC Radio Oxford

Radio Discussion

Evelyn Waugh’s Oxford: BBC Radio Oxford Interview

To coincide with an appearance at Oxford Literary Festival 2018, CWEW project Co – Investigator, Dr Barbara Cooke was invited to take part in a live interview on BBC Radio Oxford. Discussing the premise behind her recently published book, Evelyn Waugh’s Oxford, Cooke was accompanied by illustrator Amy Dodd, who provided beautiful illustrations for Cooke’s wonderfully insightful book.

28 January 2018

Abingdon Arms Pub, Beckley, Oxford

Public Talk

Evelyn Waugh and the Abingdon Arms

As part of an on - going series of literary evenings, CWEW project Principal Investigator, Professor Martin Stannard was invited to the Abingdon Arms, Beckley, to deliver a talk on Evelyn Waugh's involvement with the pub. Waugh wrote (in part) at least four books during his time in Beckley. In 2016, the villagers of Beckley bought the pub as a consortium supported by public funding and have since developed the pub as a cultural resource at the heart of the community.

3 October 2017

Weston Library, Oxford

Book Launch

CWEW Book Launch

In the company of invited guests working in literature, media and related fields, the CWEW project launched the first four CWEW volumes against a unique backdrop of the fascinating City of Aquatint exhibition, in the Weston Library, Oxford.

26 September 2017

Hertford College, Oxford

Panel Discussion

Waugh's Enemies

Mr Alexander Waugh, Dr Ann Pasternak Slater and Dr Barbara Cooke hosted a discussion of Evelyn Waugh's many enemies in the dining hall of Waugh's Alma Mater, Hertford College. The location was especially significant as this is where a portrait of Waugh's university nemesis, C.R. M. F. Cruttwell, hangs.

15 September 2017

Blackwell Hall, Weston Library, Oxford

Public Talk

City of Aquatint: Evelyn Waugh's Oxford

City of Aquatint: Evelyn Waugh's Oxford was a small exhibition curated by Dr Cooke and hosted in the foyer of the Weston Library, Oxford, between August and October 2017. Dr Cooke gave a talk related to the exhibition as part of the Oxford Alumni Weekend on 15 September.

26 August to  22 October 2017

Blackwell Hall, Weston Library, Oxford


City of Aquatint: Evelyn Waugh's Oxford

City of Aquatint: Evelyn Waugh's Oxford was a small exhibition curated by Dr Cooke and hosted in the foyer of the Weston Library, Oxford, between August and October 2017.

Through a carefully curated collection of telling objects, visitors were invited to discover the 1920s city that hosted Waugh’s drunken adolescence, inspired wartime classic Brideshead Revisited, and permeated his imagination throughout his life.

A programme of events, celebrating the importance of Oxford in Evelyn Waugh’s writings accompanied this exhibition.

24 July to 25 August 2017

British Library, London

Creative Writing and Literature Workshops

Camden Summer University and British Library Creative Writing and Literature Summer School

11 Students were recruited for a literature/creative writing week at the British Library by Camden Council from schools across the borough as part of its Summer University initiative. They were introduced to Evelyn Waugh and the British Library’s archives before completing creative writing activities. The students came up with some terrifically original and creative material using the party scenes in Vile Bodies as inspiration.

5 to 6 May 2017

Huntington Library, San Marino, CA, USA

Two-day Symposium

Evelyn Waugh: Reader, Writer, Collector

Evelyn Waugh’s love of books as both literature and beautiful objects informed and enriched his writing life. With this two – day symposium, we celebrated Loren and Frances Rothschild’s donation of their own Waugh collection to The Huntington by exploring the biographical, practical, and disciplinary significance of these new holdings. In particular, our conversations examined the multifaceted concept of collection and the dialectic it forms with our work as humanities scholars, archivists, and textual editors.

This event was kindly supported by the Rothschild Foundation and the Evelyn Waugh Society.

3 March 2017

Campion Hall, Oxford University

Public Lecture

No Abiding City: Evelyn Waugh and America

Prof. Stannard visited Campion Hall to deliver a public lecture under the auspices of the College. The talk was kindly sponsored by the Anthony Burgess Foundation.

24 February 2017

University of Leicester

Research Symposium and Workshop

Literature, Writing and the Creative Economy: New Directions

Prof. Stannard's participated in this CAMEo (Research Institute for Cultural and Media Economies) event to discuss the place of collected works editions in those industries. Prof. Stannard was joined in this discussion by Prof. Rick Rylance, now Director of the Centre for English Studies, University of London, former CEO of AHRC, and with Prof. Claire Squires, University of Stirling.


BBC Radio Sheffield

Radio Interview

Duchess of Devonshire's Brideshead Revisited: Dr Barbara Cooke in Conversation

Dr Barbara Cooke joined Toby Foster in interview at Breakfast ahead of the Sotheby's auction of Deborah, Dowager Duchess of Devonshire's copy of the pre-publication Brideshead Revisited.

18 November 2016

University of Leicester

Panel Discussion

Literary Leicester Waugh Day - Waugh’s Personal Writings: Alexander Waugh, Alexander Masters and Prof. Martin Stannard in Conversation

In collaboration with Literary Leicester and as part of a day of activities commemorating the 50th anniversary of Evelyn Waugh's death, Prof Stannard chaired a discussion with Alexander Waugh and Alexander Masters - all of whom draw on personal writings in their work. The discussion highlighted the large amount of previously unpublished writings (particularly letters) involved in the CWEW project, and considered the implications of its use.

Relive the event through our storify and listen the interviews on soundcloud.

18 November 2016

University of Leicester

Textual Editing Workshop

Literary Leicester Waugh Day: Textual Editing Workshop

Project members Prof Martin Stannard, Dr Barbara Cooke and Sharon Ouditt took workshop participants through a textual editing exercise in order to raise awareness of our working methods on the project and what insights they can yield.

18 November 2016

University of Leicester

Public Interview

Literary Leicester Waugh Day: Public Interview with Philip Eade by Dr. Barbara Cooke

As part of a day of activities commemorating the 50th anniversary of Evelyn Waugh's death, his biographer Philip Eade was interviewed by CWEW project Co – Investigator, Dr Barbara Cooke at Literary Leicester.

18 November 2016

University of Leicester

A – Level Creative Writing Workshops

Literary Leicester Waugh Day: British Library A – Level Writing Workshops

As part of a day of activities commemorating the 50th anniversary of Evelyn Waugh's death, we invited 2 groups of A-level English students, many of whom have English as an additional language, into Leicester Special Collections to participate in creative writing workshops inspired by Waugh's Vile Bodies. With the help of our education partners at the British Library, students learned to write 1930s gossip and became amateur textual editors as they were put through their paces by members of the project in our interactive workshop.

► Relive the event through our Storify.

8 April 2016

University of Texas, Austin


British Studies Seminar: Evelyn Waugh and North America

Martin Stannard, Barbara Cooke and Jeff Manley introduced the CWEW project at the British Studies seminar at the Harry Ransom Center (HRC), Austin. The HRC has the largest collection of Waugh holdings in the world, and this event celebrated the Centre’s role in our project as well as looking at Waugh's own experiences in the United States.

► Access audio recording of the seminar

23 March 2016

Brotherton Gallery, University of Leeds


From Bright Young Thing to Last Rites: the Evelyn Waugh Collection

We celebrated the opening of the Treasures of the Brotherton Gallery, Leeds, with a showcase of the Brotherton Library's Evelyn Waugh collection and a free public workshop. Delivered by three members of the project (Prof. Stannard, Alexander Waugh, and Dr. Cooke), the workshop was designed to allow participants hands-on experience of the Brotherton's Evelyn Waugh collection. Read about A.L. Rowse's annotations of A Little Learning on The Conversation

January 2016

Phoenix Cinema, Leicester

Screening and talk

Waugh’s Brideshead Revisited on Screen

CWEW PHD student, Rebecca Moore, hosted a special screening of Brideshead Revisited (2008) with pre-show talk at the Phoenix Cinema, Leicester.

► Read her post for the Phoenix blog on Waugh and film

19 October 2015

Leicester Literary and Philosophical Society

Public Talk

A Plain House On A Hill: Evelyn Waugh's Last Home, Combe Florey, by Alexander Waugh

Alexander Waugh gave a talk about Combe Florey, his grandfather's last home, to the Leicester Literary and Philosophical Society.

► Read about it on our blog.

25 September 2015

University of Notre Dame, London

Public Talk

The Unorthodox Orthodoxy: Catholicism, Modernisms and the Avant-garde Conference - Community and Isolation: The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie and The Driver's Seat

Martin Stannard delivered a keynote address entitled ‘Community and Isolation: The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie and The Driver’s Seat’ at the international conference The Unorthodox Orthodoxy: Catholicism, Modernisms and the Avant-garde. Follow the talk on storify or hear an extract from it on SoundCloud

19 to 20 June 2015

Birmingham Library

Panel discussion

The Tablet 175 Festival: Exploring the Catholic Imagination - Remembering Muriel Spark

Martin Stannard participated in a panel discussion entitled 'Remembering Muriel Spark' at The Tablet's literary festival held at the Library of Birmingham. Waugh wrote frequently for the paper. Listen to the discussion on SoundCloud

24 March to 6 April 2015

University of Leicester

International Conference

International Conference: Evelyn Waugh and His Circle: Reading and Editing the Complete Works

We hosted the international conference Evelyn Waugh and His Circle: Reading and Editing the Complete Works. View the conference programme and abstracts, see pictures from the event and relive it on storify.


Bexley Grammar School

School visit

We Love English

Dr. Barbara Cooke visited 12 members of the 'We Love English' group at Bexley Grammar School, to talk about Waugh’s Vile Bodies and careers in academia.

November 2014

Leicester Central Library

Public Talk

Literary Leicester - Diaries, Decadence and Discovery: A Year on, the Complete Works of Evelyn Waugh Project

Prof Martin Stannard and the CWEW’s doctoral student Rebecca Moores reflected on the first year of the CWEW project as part of the Literary Leicester Festival.

Relive the event on storify.

2 October 2014

The Crumblin’ Cookie, Leicester

Public Reading

Everybody's Reading Festival -  Waugh and Words: Party like it's 1929

This event, supported by a £200 grant from Leicester's Everybody's Reading festival, saw guests invited to come to the ‘Old Hundreth’ in their 20s – themed glad rags and celebrate with the Evelyn Waugh Book Group, as we read extracts from our favourite Waugh books, ranging from the black comedy of A Handful of Dust to bittersweet Brideshead Revisited.

2013 - 2016

Leicester Central Library and Fingerprints Deli cafe

Book Group

Reading Waugh’s Works and Reading Waugh’s Contemporaries

The Waugh Book Groups held free monthly meetings on Saturday mornings at Leicester Central Library and Monday evenings at Fingerprints Delicafe. The Monday group is reading Waugh's works, the Saturday group that of his contemporaries including Graham Greene and Muriel Spark.

► Contact the group

5 to 7 July 2013

University of Leicester

Public International Colloquium


19 Project members, project partners, students and friends gathered for this colloquium to launch our 5-year project.

► View the event programme


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Saturday 1st June 2019

10 am - 1 pm

Meeting point: Main entrance, Weston Library,
Broad Street, Oxford

Booking required

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