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 comedian Rosie Wilby, who’ll be asking whether monogamy is dead, and author and anthologist Travis Elborough, who’ll be revealing the loucher side of the twentieth century via some of the diaries left behind. Singer-songwriter Hugo Martin will round off the evening with some songs from his new album, Six before a Seven.
Comedian, writer and broadcaster Rosie Wilby will be presenting some of the surprising things she discovered while researching her Edinburgh Fringe show, Is Monogamy Dead?. She’ll reveal how diverse our definitions of infidelity are, suggesting that we’re all a bit more polyamorous than we admit, and looks at what we can learn about men and women by observing lesbians and gay men. She also reads from the book about her adventures at a lesbian sauna.
Travis Elborough‘s latest book, Our History Of The 20th Century features over a hundred different diarists, from the great and the good to the obscure and unknown, and ranging from the likes of Arnold Bennett, W N P Barbellion and Benjamin Britten to Joan Wyndham, Kenneth Williams, Derek Jarman and Virginia Ironside. Sharing a few choice entries with us, tonight he will give a flavour of the loucher side of last century via some of the unfiltered personal accounts left behind.
Born in Syracuse, New York, Hugo Martin moved to London early on in his life where he has lived and worked ever since. After teaching himself guitar in his late teens, he played in and led a succession of bands. Along the way he has played guitar for such notables as Wreckless Eric and Robert Coyne. In the last few years, he has found his voice as a writer, culminating in his debut solo LP Six before a Seven released on 5000 Records.
More about the speakers:
Award-winning comedian Rosie Wilby has appeared on BBC Radio 4’s Loose Ends, Summer Nights, Four Thought, Midweek, The Human Zoo and Woman’s Hour and at festivals including Glastonbury, Secret Garden Party, Green Man, Larmer Tree and Latitude. She was a finalist at Funny Women 2006 and Leicester Mercury Comedian of the Year 2007 and she’s been touring award-winning solo shows and steadily building a word-of-mouth army of fans ever since. Her first book Is Monogamy Dead? was published by Accent Press in 2017.
Described by the Guardian as ‘one of the country’s finest pop culture historians’, Travis Elborough has been an author and cultural commentator for close to two decades. His books include Wish You Were Here (2010), a survey of the British beside the seaside; The Long-Player Goodbye (2008), a hymn to vinyl records which inspired the BBC4 documentary When Albums Ruled the World, in which he also appeared; and A Walk in the Park: The Life and Times of a People’s Institution (2016). His latest book Our History of the 20th Century: As Told in Diaries, Journals and Letters was published last year.