Idler Dinners: Mark Forsyth and James Bloodworth

Wednesday 30th May

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Each month at the Elgin in Maida Vale, the Idler magazine brings 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 welcome the author Mark Forsyth on the history of drunkenness and journalist James Bloodworth on the gig economy.


The Elgin set up for the Idler dinner

Mark Forsyth, author of A Short History of Drunkenness, presents a comic history of mankind’s love affair with booze, from our primate ancestors through to Prohibition.

Journalist James Bloodworth shares gruelling and revealing stories from six months spent in low-wage jobs across Britain, as a picker at an Amazon warehouse, an uber driver in London and a careworker in Blackpool.

More about the speakers
Born in London in 1977, Mark Forsyth was given a copy of the Oxford English Dictionary as a christening present and has never looked back. His book The Etymologicon was a Sunday Times Number One Bestseller and his TED Talk ‘What’s a snollygoster?’ has had more than half a million views. He lives in London with his dictionaries.

James Bloodworth is the former editor of Left Foot Forward, the influential political website. He is a fortnightly columnist for the International Business Times and regularly contributes to the Independent, Guardian, New Statesman and Wall Street Journal. Hired: Six Months Undercover in Low-Wage Britain is his first book. 



Wednesday 30 May


7.30pm – 11pm


The Elgin, 255 Elgin Avenue, London, W9 1NJ




Ticket includes dinner and a glass of wine or craft ale.

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