Each 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.
This month, we are delighted to welcome journalist and Idler agony aunt Virginia Ironside, who’ll be talking about the joys of aging, and author Iain Sinclair on his new book The Last London. Plus music from folk harmony trio Arcelia.
Virginia Ironside on aging
Virginia Ironside is the author of over twenty books and has been an agony aunt for the last forty years, on a variety of publications from Woman magazine to the Independent via the Sunday Mirror and now the Oldie and the Idler. At 60 she took to the boards with her one-woman show, Growing Old Disgracefully. Her latest book is the last in a quartet of diaries about a granny; it’s called No Thanks! I’m Quite Happy Standing! (Quercus). Tonight, she’ll be talking about the joys of aging. Ahem ahem.
Iain Sinclair on London
Author Iain Sinclair has been documenting the peculiar magic of the river-city that obsesses him for most of his adult life. In recent times, he has published
Hackney, That Rose-Red Empire ( 2009), Ghostmilk (2011) and American Smoke (2013). Sinclair’s account of a one-day walk around the orbital railway – London Overground – was published in June 2015. In The Last London, his latest book, he strikes out on a series of solitary walks and collaborative expeditions to make a final reckoning with a capital stretched beyond recognition. Where now are the myths, the ultimate fictions of a many times revised city?’
Since getting together in 2012, Arcelia’s reputation for beautiful songwriting and stunning harmony has begun to spread and they now enjoy a wonderfully busy diary. Tonight the trio will be delighting dinner guests with a set of soulful folk music and original songwriting.