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.
For this month’s edition, we are delighted to welcome broadcaster and comedy writer John Lloyd, poet Clare Pollard and renowned British chef Rowley Leigh, plus music from up-and-coming musician Harry Lloyd’s band Waiting for Smith.
Guests will go home with a copy of Rowley Leigh’s lovely book No Place Like Home, published by Clearview Books, independent publishers of beautiful lifestyle books.
John Lloyd CBE is a broadcaster and comedy writer and the founding producer of The News Quiz, To The Manor Born, Not The Nine O’Clock News, Spitting Image, Blackadder and QI. He also co-wrote the first series of The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy. His most recent show was BBC2’s late-night topical comedy No Such Thing As The News and he is the presenter of Radio 4’s The Museum of Curiosity.
Clare Pollard was born in Bolton in 1978 and lives in London. She has published five collections of poetry including The Heavy-Petting Zoo, which she wrote while still at school, and her latest Incarnation. Her first play The Weather premièred at the Royal Court Theatre and her documentary for radio, My Male Muse, was a Radio 4 Pick of the Year. Her new translation of Ovid’s Heroines has recently toured as a one-woman show.
Rowley Leigh is one of the leading lights of modern British cooking. A respected chef, restaurateur and award-winning writer, Leigh apprenticed with the Roux brothers at Le Gavroche before moving to Kensington Place in 1987 as Head Chef. He opened the acclaimed Le Café Anglais in 2007 and writes a weekly column about food for the Financial Times.
“Everything I do is a response to the best ingredients”, says Leigh. “I have always believed that it is a mistake to overcomplicate and not do those ingredients justice”.
Rowley sold Le Café Anglais in 2014 and now continues to write and has been doing consultancy work with Swire Restaurants in Hong Kong, The Soho House group and other clients. He is by nature idle.
Waiting for Smith
Harry Lloyd (26) was a ski instructor with the ESF in Courchevel for 3 ½ seasons before breaking his back in an accident two years ago. He used his convalescence to teach himself the guitar. Now an up-and-coming musician, he also plays drums and piano, and writes wonderful songs you’ve never heard before but feel like old friends. You’ll be humming them all week. (His band’s called Waiting for Smith because Smith – the drummer – never showed up.)