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May 2019

24
May
Friday
Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats

Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats

24 May 13:00 - 13:30
Fitzrovia Chapel, 2 Pearson Square, Fitzrovia
London, W1T 3BF United Kingdom

Poet, dramatist, literary critic, editor Thomas Stearns Eliot is widely acknowledged as being one of the finest writers of the twentieth century. Author of some of the best-loved poems in the English language as well as plays such as Murder in the Cathedral and The Cocktail Party, he was awarded The Nobel Prize in Literature in 1948. Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats can safely be classed as perhaps his lightest piece of work. 'Old Possum' was Ezra Pound's nickname…

June 2019

07
June
Friday
Lytton Strachey’s Eminent Victorians – Florence Nightingale

Lytton Strachey’s Eminent Victorians – Florence Nightingale

7 June 13:00 - 13:30

'She spent the intervals of the London season in ragged schools and workhouses. When she went abroad with her family, she used her spare time so well that there was hardly a great hospital in Europe with which she was not acquainted, hardly a great city whose slums she had not passed through.' Lytton Strachey was a founder of the Bloomsbury Group and famous for developing a new type of biography. First published in 1918, his Eminent Victorians followed the…

July 2019

26
July
Friday
The Return of the Soldier

The Return of the Soldier

26 July 13:00 - 13:30
Fitzrovia Chapel, 2 Pearson Square, Fitzrovia
London, W1T 3BF United Kingdom

'That day its beauty was an affront to me, because, like most Englishwomen of my time, I was wishing for the return of a soldier.' The Return of the Soldier is the first novel of English novelist Rebecca West. First published in 1918, it tells the story of Captain Chris Baldry, shell-shocked from the trenches of the First World War. The novel focuses on his mental trauma and its effects on the family, and the light it sheds on their…

August 2019

23
August
Friday
Tropic of Cancer

Tropic of Cancer

23 August 13:00 - 13:30
Fitzrovia Chapel, 2 Pearson Square, Fitzrovia
London, W1T 3BF United Kingdom

“To have her here in bed with me, breathing on me, her hair in my mouth—I count that something of a miracle.” ― Henry Miller, Tropic of Cancer Tropic of Cancer was described by Norman Mailer as "one of the ten or twenty great novels of our century." First published in France in 1934 but then banned in the US, Miller's fictionalised account of his 'nomadic life' in Paris has retained the right to shock and entertain in equal measure.…

September 2019

27
September
Friday
Freddie Mercury

Freddie Mercury

27 September 13:00 - 13:30
Fitzrovia Chapel, 2 Pearson Square, Fitzrovia
London, W1T 3BF United Kingdom

Freddie Mercury, whose birthday falls in September, has been acknowledged as one of the greatest lead singers in the history of rock music. With interest in his legacy still growing, partly due to last year's film Bohemian Rhapsody (the highest-grossing musical biographical film of all time), he continues to enthral and command respect for his immense talents. 'At last a massive tribute to a massive talent' Steve Harley, Cockney Rebel Come and listen to audio extracts from Freddie Mercury, the…

October 2019

25
October
Friday
My Father’s Places

My Father’s Places

25 October 13:00 - 13:30
Fitzrovia Chapel, 2 Pearson Square, Fitzrovia
London, W1T 3BF United Kingdom

Aeronwy Thomas Ellis was the only daughter of poet Dylan Thomas and his wife Caitlin. My Father's Places, her biography, is a deeply moving account of being that child, growing up in the presence of prodigious talent, erratic behaviour, strong Welsh roots. Of course, the Thomas family also has firm connections with Fitzrovia and this is the second Dylan Thomas event as part of our Wireless Contemplation series. This is an audio, spoken word event and is free to attend.…

December 2019

20
December
Friday
A Strange Christmas Game

A Strange Christmas Game

20 December 13:00 - 13:30
Fitzrovia Chapel, 2 Pearson Square, Fitzrovia
London, W1T 3BF United Kingdom

'Altogether, Martingdale seemed dreary enough, and the ghost stories we had laughed at while sunshine flooded the room, became less unreal, when we had nothing but blazing fires and wax candles to dispel the gloom.' Often publishing under male pseudonyms, the author Charlotte Riddell was a prolific writer in Victorian England. A Strange Christmas Game is a ghost story for Christmas, that perfect thing we are always striving for at the festive season but rarely find. The chapel's resident speaker,…

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