The Idler Academy is a school based in London which offers both real-world and on line courses for independent creatives. Our watchwords are creativity, competence and conviviality.
During the day we operate as a calm, quiet bookshop selling beautiful, useful and unusual books and gifts.
We serve Monmouth coffee and cake, and there is an enclosed medieval garden to retreat to.
Opening hours are Wednesday to Sunday, 10am till 6pm. Appointments can be made to view our books and gifts, or discuss our courses, outside those hours, by calling 0207 221 5908.
We teach philosophy, astronomy, calligraphy, music, business skills, English grammar, ukulele, pubic speaking, singing, drawing, self-defence and many more. Here you can educate yourself in the ideas of Plato or learn the ukulele, in convivial surroundings with like-minded and interesting people. Recordings of lectures are available to Friends and Fellows of the Idler Academy. This means overseas and out-of-town idlers can join the fun.
The Idler is an annual periodical that campaigns against the work ethic and promotes liberty, autonomy and responsibility.
It is edited by Tom Hodgkinson. It was founded in 1993 by Tom and Gavin Pretor-Pinney. The Idler is now published as a high quality hardback annual journal, which is typeset by Christian Brett and art directed by Alice Smith. We have published five of these books to date.
The title comes from a series of essays by Dr Johnson, published in 1758-9 in the Gentleman’s Magazine.
Editor Tom Hodgkinson has written four books, published in the UK by Hamish Hamilton, which develop this attitude to life. The first, How To Be Idle, has been published in 20 countries and has so far become a best-seller in the UK, Italy and Germany.
His second book, How To Be Free, takes an anarchic approach to the everyday barriers that come between us and our dreams. The third is an alternative parenting manual, The Idle Parent, which argues that we need to leave the kids alone.
Brave Old World: A Practical Guide to Husbandry chronicles Hodgkinson’s ten years running a smallholding in the wilds of Devon, along with references to great didactic farming literature, from Hesiod to Virgil and Thomas Tusser to William Cobbett.
The Ukulele Handbook, co-written with Gavin Pretor-Pinney, is an illustrated history of this remarkable little instrument, plus how-to-play guide and songbook.
LIBERTAS PER CULTUM.