National, international and local events celebrating the Waugh project. Most are free, and all are open to the public.

Upcoming Events

No one author has given me more pleasure than Evelyn Waugh...I’m very grateful for the additional insight to the novels gained during our monthly meetings.

-Ian, Waugh Book Group member

book group thumb.jpgThe Waugh Book Groups holds 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


Rose garden at the Huntington5-6 May 2017

Evelyn Waugh: Reader, Writer, Collector

The Huntington Library, San Marino, CA

A two-day symposium and exhibition of the Huntington Library's newly acquired Evelyn Waugh holdings, kindly supported by the Rothschild Foundation and the Evelyn Waugh Society.

Late Summer-Autumn 2017

City of Aquatint: Evelyn Waugh's Oxford

The Weston Library, Broad Street, Oxford

Exhibitions and events are planned in and around the Weston Library, Oxford, to celebrate the importance of Oxford in Evelyn Waugh's writings. Look out for theatrical happenings, print workshops and much more.

Easter 2018

Exhibition of rare books and manuscripts concentrating on Waugh’s Italian translations, organised by the University of Milan.

Past Events

Waugh eyes a bust of himself in former Yugoslavia, 1963

In November 2016 we hosted Evelyn Waugh Day as part of Literary Leicester. A-level students learned to write 1930s gossip with the help of our education partners at the British Library, amateur textual editors were put through their paces by members of the project in our interactive workshop and in the evening we welcomed Philip Eade, Alexander Masters and Alexander Waugh to discuss the life and work of the writer. Relive the event through our storify and listen the interviews on soundcloud.

Waugh at the British Studies SeminarIn April 2016 Martin Stannard, Barbara Cooke and Jeff Manley addressed 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 Center's role in our project as well as looking at Waugh's own experiences in the United States. Access audio recording of the seminar

Vile BodiesIn March 2016, we celebrated the opening of the Treasures of the Brotherton Gallery, Leeds, with a showcase of the Brotherton Library's Evelyn Waugh collection. Read about A.L. Rowse's annotations of A Little Learning on The Conversation

The 2008 Brideshead film was shot at Castle HowardIn January 2016 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

Evelyn Waugh's last homeIn October 2015 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.

David JonesIn September 2015 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

Spark BiographyIn June 2015 Martin Stannard on the panel 'Remembering Muriel Spark' at The Tablet's literary festival held at the Library of Birmingham. Listen to the discussion on SoundCloud


Martin and AlexanderIn April 2015 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.


Waugh with Evelyn Gardner, 1929.In November 2014 we presented Diaries, Decadence and Discovery: A Year on the Complete Works of Evelyn Waugh project as part of the Literary Leicester Festival. Relive the event on storify.


Design by Rebecca MooreIn October 2014 The Waugh Book Group hosted Party Like it's 1929. View pictures from the event and add your comments on our blog.


Waugh as an Oxford student, 1923In July 2013 the University of Leicester hosted a public, international colloquium to launch the Waugh project. View the event programme here.

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