Idler Dinners at The Elgin
On the last Wednesday of the month at the Elgin in Maida Vale, the Idler magazine will bring together a great collection of writers, speakers and musicians for an evening of fun and feasting. Editor Tom Hodgkinson and Idler Academy director Victoria Hull will be your hosts. The ticket includes dinner and a glass of wine or craft ale. Due to half term, this dinner will take place on the penultimate Wednesday of May.
For this month’s edition, we are delighted to welcome writer and actor Ben Moor and philosopher Jules Evans, plus music from Damian Katkhuda of the Mostar Diving Club.
Ben Moor is an actor and writer. He has been writing and performing solo theatre pieces for over 20 years, three of which were published as short stories in More Trees to Climb (Portobello Books, 2009). His work for BBC Radio includes the series Elastic Planet and Undone; acting credits include The IT Crowd and Dr Thorne for television, and the films Miss You Already and A Monster Calls. He lives in London.
Jules Evans is policy director at the Centre for the History of Emotions at Queen Mary, University of London. He is the author of Philosophy for Life and Other Dangerous Situations, which was published in 19 countries and was a Times Book of the Year. Jules has written for The Times, Financial Times, Guardian, Spectator and WIRED and is a BBC New Generation Thinker. He also runs the London Philosophy Club, the world’s biggest philosophy club. Jules’ most recent book The Art of Losing Control is out 5th May published by Canongate.
The Mostar Diving Club is the work of writer, composer and lead singer Damian Katkhuda.
Signed to BMG since 2001 and producing to date nine studio albums under different guises he has remained resolutely under the radar, choosing to go about his craft in his own unique way and style. The Mostar Diving Club is his latest project with four albums released under its banner; ‘Don Your Suit of Lights’ (2008), ‘Triumph of Hope’ (2013), ‘Horizontal Hotel’ (2015) and ‘Everything is Beautiful’ (2017); you’ve probably never heard of him though you will of heard his songs which have been used widely in film and television to create unique and beautiful atmospheres on screen. The music ranges from large scale productions to just a simple guitar and voice recorded in the garden. Recorder orchestras, violins with trumpet attachments, bowed saws, accordions, harmoniums, glockenspiels, banjos, auto harps and ukuleles are just a few of the instruments to be heard on these highly eclectic albums. They have met with great critical acclaim both here and abroad; “Don’t equate the lightness of touch Damian Katkhuda brings to his music with a lack of graft: the singer has been releasing magical folk-pop albums for years, never quite breaking through but affirming the notion that if you look beyond the charts you can strike gold. Infused with a born-melodist gift and straight-to-the-emotional-mains lyric writing, this music is plaintive and heart breakingly lovely, Pure gold.” (Sunday Times). The name, The Mostar Diving Club, is taken from a town in Bosnia where Katkhuda’s fathers’ family hail from; as a right of passage into adulthood, young men dive from an old bridge into a shallow river below, a distance of some thirty metres.