Stephen Jarvis presents his vast, intricately constructed, indeed Dickensian novel that tells the story of the birth, life and afterlife of the greatest literary phenomenon in history: The Pickwick Papers. In particular, Death and Mr Pickwick explores how Charles Dickens, as an ambitious young writer expropriated artist Robert Seymour’s ideas and then engaged in an elaborate cover up of the true origin of Pickwick.
Stephen Jarvis, following graduate studies at Oxford University, quickly tired of his office job and began doing unusual things every weekend and writing about them for The Daily Telegraph. These activities included learning the flying trapeze, walking on red-hot coals, getting hypnotised to revisit past lives, and entering British Snuff-Taking Championships. Death and Mr Pickwick (2015) is his first novel.
11am INTERVAL: refreshments in aid of St James’ Church funds
Peter Stanford presents Judas: The troubling history of the renegade apostle in which he deconstructs that most vilified of Bible Characters Judas Iscariot, who famously betrayed Jesus with a kiss. Peter explores two thousand years of cultural and theological history to investigate how the very name came to be synonymous with betrayal and, ultimately, evil.
Peter Stanford, editor of the Catholic Herald (1988-1992), features writer at the Daily and Sunday Telegraphs, and contributor to The Independent and The Observer, has presented award winning television and radio documentaries and appeared as a regular panelist on, among other programmes, BBC 4’s The Moral Maze. His biography of Lord Longford was the basis for Channel 4’s 2006 multi-award winning drama, Longford and he is the director of the Longford Trust for penal reform. His biographies include those of C Day-Lewis, Bronwen Astor, and Cardinal Basil Hume, and other books include The She Pope (1998) and How to Read a Graveyard (2013).
With thanks to St James’ Church, Richard Stephens and Sally Dymott
This morning’s events are sponsored by Paula Kaplan, The Kennington Bookshop
Tel 0207 735505 www.thekbookshop.com
Ryota Nonomiya is a successful businessman driven by money. When he learns that his biological son was switched with another child after birth, he must make a life-changing decision and choose his true son or the boy he raised as his own. Winner of the Prix du Jury at the 2013 Cannes International Film Festival. Starring Masaharu Koreeda. Directed by
With thanks to Campden Film Society
Doors open at 6.30pm: CCS PTA’s Bar
Mark Nixon and Nora Connolly discuss Echo’s Bones a short story intended by Samuel Beckett to form the end piece of his 1934 collection of interrelated stories More Pricks than Kicks.
Nora Connolly reads extracts from Echo’s Bones. Mark and Nora also discuss the Samuel Beckett Collection at Reading University www.reading.ac.uk/special-collections/collections/sc-beckett.aspx
Mark Nixon is Associate Professor in Modern Literature at the University of Reading, where he is also Director of the Beckett International Foundation. He is editor in chief of the Journal of Beckett Studies and Co-Director of the Beckett Digital Manuscript Project, and the current President of the Samuel Beckett Society. He has published widely on Beckett’s work; his most recent publication is the critical edition of Beckett’s short story Echo’s Bones which remained unpublished until 2014.
Nora Connolly, member of The Irish Literary Society, trained at the Abbey Theatre Dublin. In 1991 she directed and designed the set for an all-women production of Waiting For Godot in Galway and then took it to Dublin. She has performed at The National Theatre, Bristol Old Vic and many regional theatres in classic Irish plays by O’Casey, Synge and most recently Martin McDonagh’s The Beauty Queen of Leenane. She has devised and performed in literary events celebrating James Joyce for Bloomsday and W.B. Yeats. She has taken her own one woman poetry show Going West to the Prague Fringe Festival.
TABOO OR NOT TABOO
Nora Connolly’s presentation about her 1991 production of Waiting for Godot for the new all-women theatre company called ‘TABOO’. When the production was invited to the Focus Theatre Dublin it attracted controversy from The Beckett Estate and, despite the threat of an injunction, played on.
Twenty-five years later, the records of this experience are due to be included in The Beckett Project archive. The presentation will include a discussion on women in Beckett’s plays in general.
With thanks to Chipping Campden School PTA and Toke’s Food and Drink
Tel: 01386 849345 www.tokesfoodanddrink.co.uk
This event is sponsored by Sarah and Peter Taylor, Seymour House Bed and Breakfast: