In October, Mayfair Times will be launching its second Mayfair & St James’s Literary Festival, with a series of literary-inspired events at a number of exciting venues throughout Mayfair & St James’s. The festival celebrates today’s literary community and commemorates the rich cultural heritage of Mayfair and beyond. On a broader note, we will celebrate women’s creativity and success in the literary world.

“The history of poetry and literature in Mayfair and St James’s is almost as long as the history of English letters itself. It is a wonderful thing to keep this alive.”

Stephen Fry

Monday October 28th

10.30am-12 noon
The Fumoir, Claridge’s, Brook Street, London W1K 4HR

 

Tales from Couture” from legendary fashion illustrator and Claridge’s artist in residence David Downton 

From Front Row to Back Stage – the last 20 years of Paris couture. Ties in with the launch of the new “Art Edition” of David’s book DD21, representing more than two decades of drawing and dreaming at the Paris Haute Couture shows.

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Includes coffee/tea/juice/pastries.

MONDAY October 28

6.15pm
Regent Street Cinema, 307 Regent Street, London W1B 2HW

 

Ink on Screen – exploring the power of words on screen

Aiming to spotlight the indelible link between cinema and the written word, the inaugural season will be curated by Tobias Menzies, star of “Casino Royale”, “Game of Thrones” and, most recently, Prince Philip in “The Crown”.

Don’t Look Now Director: Nicholas Roeg

Introduced by Tobias Menzies. Produced by Asterisk Films and Justine Waddell

Based on Daphne Du Maurier’s haunting short story, Nic Roeg’s iconic horror-thriller sees a couple travelling to Venice after the accidental death of their daughter. With impressionistic imagery and innovative editing techniques, as well as two brilliant performances from Donald Sutherland and Julie Christie, the film is now considered a classic of 70s’ cinema.

Screening in a gorgeous new 4k restoration.

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MONDAY October 28

6.30pm-8pm
Maddox Gallery, 9 Maddox Street, London W1S 2QE

Frieda Hughes: Alternative Values and Out of the Ashes, Poems & Paintings

A rare opportunity to see the award-winning painter and poet, Frieda Hughes, read from her poetry collections Alternative Values and Out of the Ashes and exhibit some of her abstract oils-on-canvas which accompany the poems.
Her other published collections include Wooroloo, Stonepicker, Waxworks, The Book of Mirrors, and Forty-five. Frieda’s parents are the late Sylvia Plath and Ted Hughes.

 

Curated by Shevaun Wilder.

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Includes welcome drinks and canapés from Atul Kochhar’s latest restaurant Kanishka.

 

MONDAY October 28

6.30pm-9.30pm
Mayfair Room, The Connaught, Carlos Place, London W1K 2AL

Mademoiselle Chanel, her legendary library, Russian Royals & the Universe of the Arts

Celebrated international concert pianist and curator Mariana Haseldine returns to Mayfair with this unmissable talk about the great Coco Chanel, alongside images of archival photographs, drawings and letters.

The talk will recount in historical detail the intrigue and impact generated around the world by this stylish jet-setter and will also explore Chanel’s Royal connections that are associated with Mayfair.

The evening will highlight Chanel’s philanthropy to the Ballets Russes and her contribution to the development of modern dance and theatre.

Guests will also be treated to an exclusive musical performance by the winner of the H.S.H. Prince Albert II prize, violinist Mathilde Gheorghiu.

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TUESDAY October 29

6pm-8.30pm
The Library, University Women’s Club, 2 Audley Square, London, W1K 1DB.

 

The Word – A Poet’s Journey, by Mona Arshi

Listen to the award-winning poet Mona Arshi in conversation with Farzana Baduel, CEO of Curzon PR.

Mona worked as a human rights lawyer at Liberty before she started writing. Her debut Small Hands won the Forward Prize in 2015. She makes regular appearances on the radio including Front Row and was commissioned to write a programme on the Odyssey for Book of the Week on Radio 4, which was broadcast in 2017.

Mona’s second collection Dear Big Gods was published in April 2019.

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Tickets £25.

All sales will be donated to Inderpal Rahal Memorial Trust

TUESDAY October 29

6.30pm
The Lotos Room, The Beaumont, Balderton St, Brown Hart Gardens, Mayfair, London W1K 6TF

Truman Capote – hero or villain?

 

Transport yourself to the white-hot heat of Manhattan’s glitziest soirees as bestselling author, Kelleigh Greenberg-Jephcott, talks about her dazzling debut novel, Swan Song.

Glide through the martini-soaked dining rooms of New York in the 1970s as you discover how Truman Capote betrayed the six women – the ‘swans’ – who were part of his inner circle. But should literary history regard him as a villain or a hero? Or both?

Acquired by Capote’s publisher, Penguin Random House, with a six-figure pre-empt, it features a stellar supporting cast that includes the Kennedys, Ernest Hemingway and Capote’s childhood friend, Harper Lee.

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Tickets £16, include a glass of champagne.

TUESDAY October 29

6.30-8.45pm
The May Fair Hotel, Stratton Street, London W1J 8LT

 

THE JOSEPHINE HART POETRY HOUR: Keats, Shelley and Byron

Colin Salmon, of Britain’s best actors, joins other stars of stage and screen to read the poetry of Keats, Shelley and Byron.
Colin made his screen debut opposite Helen Mirren in ‘Prime Suspect’; played Charles Robinson in the Bond movies: Tomorrow Never Dies, The World Is Not Enough, Die Another Day; ‘One’ in the Resident Evil film series and recently Dru Zod in the hit series ‘Krypton’.
The Poetry Hour is cast and directed by Shevaun Wilder.

Tickets £25 including a champagne and canapé reception

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All proceeds to the George V Fund for actors and actresses in need.

WEDNESDAY October 30

6.15pm
Regent Street Cinema, 307 Regent Street, London W1B 2HW

 

Ink on Screen – exploring the power of words on screen

Aiming to spotlight the indelible link between cinema and the written word, the inaugural season will be curated by Tobias Menzies, star of “Casino Royale”, “Game of Thrones” and, most recently, Prince Philip in “The Crown”.

Under the Skin

Director: Jonathan Glazer Introduced by Tobias Menzies. Produced by Asterisk Films and Justine Waddell.

Loosely based on the cult novel by Michael Faber, Jonathan Glazer’s 2013 film starring Scarlett Johansson is the breathtakingly visual tale of an otherworldly woman whom drives around the Scottish countryside, picking up men who she drugs and delivers to her home planet. A meditation on factory farming, nature and what it is to be a merciful human being, the film also boasts incredible cinematography from Daniel Landin and a remarkable score from Mica Levi.

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WEDNESDAY October 30

6.30pm
Peter Harrington, 43 Dover Street, London W1S 4FF

 

Janet Todd: Jane Austen’s Sanditon

Janet Todd, Hon Fellow, Newnham and Lucy Cavendish Colleges, University of Cambridge, is an internationally renowned novelist and academic, best known for her feminist works on women writers, including Jane Austen, Aphra Behn and Mary Wollstonecraft. She will give an illustrated talk and read from her recent edition of Jane Austen’s Sanditon (2019). Sanditon is currently being serialised on ITV television. Some of Peter Harrington’s rare Jane Austen early editions will be on display.

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WEDNESDAY October 30

6.30-8pm
Hatchards, 187 Piccadilly, London W1J 9LE

 

Dylan Jones in conversation with Mayfair Times arts editor Rey Day

Interview with the GQ editor about his book The Wichita Lineman.

Tickets £10 including a glass of wine

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WEDNESDAY October 30

7pm
John Martin Gallery, First Floor, 38 Albemarle Street, London W1S 4JG

 

Women and the Romantics, An Evening with Liz Lochhead

Winner of the Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry 2015 and former Makar, or National Poet of Scotland, reads her poems – sometimes funny, sometimes serious

but NEVER solemn –

Sometimes on Women,

Sometimes on The Romantics,

Sometimes on Romantic Women!

With paintings by Anne Magill

Tickets £10 (limited places)

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WEDNESDAY October 30

8.30pm-11pm
Tramp, 40 Jermyn Street, London SW1Y 6DN

 

Mayfair Times private party

Invitation only

THURSDAY October 31

11am-12.15pm lecture
Matches,  5 Carlos Place, Mayfair, London W1K 3AP

 

Great Tarts in Art: High Culture and the World’s Oldest Profession

Lecturer Linda Smith will take a closer look at a variety of portraits (and careers!) of some of history’s most notorious mistresses and courtesans in order to take a lighthearted look at changing attitudes to sexual morality through the ages. Starting in 17th century Britain, the talk looks at portraits of some of Charles II’s best-known mistresses before moving into the 18th century and the era of Hogarth.

Works by Manet, Degas and Renoir will be featured, followed by an exploration of the radical new artistic techniques used by Picasso and Sickert. The programme will end with a brief look at how today’s artists address this age-old topic.

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THURSDAY October 31

6pm-8pm
Heywood Hill, 10 Curzon Street, London W1J 5HH

A conversation with best-selling author Caro Fraser

The British novelist will be discussing her books, her influences and talking about her father George MacDonald Fraser, author of the famous Flashman series.

Free event but booking essential.

Welcome drink on arrival

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THURSDAY October 31

6.30pm-8.30pm
London Library, 14 St James’s Square, London SW1Y 4LG

 

The Josephine Hart Poetry Hour: Elizabeth Bishop & Christina Rossetti

On All Hallows’ Eve ‘… in the silence of the night’ great actors will read from the work of two of the finest poets of the 19th and 20th centuries. Rossetti’s amazing ‘Goblin Market’ will be read in its entirety. Cast and directed by Shevaun Wilder.

All proceeds to the London Library and George V Fund for actors and actresses in need

Tickets £15

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THURSDAY October 31

6.30pm-8.30pm
JW Marriott Grosvenor House London, 86-90 Park Lane, London, W1K 7TN

 

Literati: Dame Kelly Holmes

Book: Running Life

The double Olympic champion will discuss her latest book Running Life. Drawing on her own experiences of overcoming depression and a raft of injuries to achieve her ultimate dream of Olympic gold, Dame Kelly will share tips and techniques on how mindset, fitness and nutrition work together to transform your physical and mental health.

Tickets £20 – to include a glass of champagne, canapés and a signed copy of the book.

For ticket information, contact Katherine.bedwell@marriott.com

THURSDAY October 31

6.30pm-8.30pm
69 Duke Street, London W1K 5NX

Penelope Chilvers, a celebration of the Bloomsbury Set

British photographer, William Waterwoth will be showing a collection of his work shot for Penelope Chilvers for their One Hundred Years On campaign featuring young artists, a collaboration inspired by the Bloomsbury Set. William De Courdy, an artist involved in the collection will be performing some of his own poetry and music.

Free event, open to all.

To book, please email RSVP@PENELOPECHILVERS.COM   

FRIDAY November 1

11am-4pm
Christie’s, 8 King Street, London SW1Y 6QT

 

Literary highlights of the auction season

An exhibition of rare and valuable first editions and manuscripts, featuring famous works of English and World Literature from the 16th century to the modern day.

Free event, open to all  

FRIDAY November 1

4pm-5.30pm
Ella Canta, One Hamilton Place, London W1J 7QY

 

Tales from the Kitchen

Ravinder Bhogal will chair a panel of formidable female chefs, including Martha Ortiz, Ching He Huang, Angela Hartnett, Camellia Panjabi and Nieves Barragan, discussing the recipe books that inspired them, their culinary heritage and what it takes to make it in the industry.

Tickets, priced £15, include a complimentary cocktail as you discover their culinary stories and more.

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FRIDAY November 1

7pm
Waterstones London – Piccadilly 203/206 Piccadilly, London, W1J 9HD

 

Elif Shafak and Elizabeth Filippouli

A conversation between award winning British / Turkish writer Elif Shafak and Elizabeth Filippouli, Founder of the Global Thinkers Forum and Athena40.

Elif was born in Turkey and Elizabeth was born in Greece. Their common passion to support and empower women worldwide brought them together and five years ago a lifetime friendship was born. Elif is an award-winning novelist and the most widely read female author in Turkey. She has written 17 books, 11 of which are novels including Booker nominated 10 Minutes 38 Seconds in this Strange World. Translated into 50 languages, Shafak is a political scientist, a women’s rights and LGBT rights activist and a twice TED Global speaker. An honorary fellow at Oxford University St Anne’s College, she has been awarded the title of Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres and she is a member of the Royal Society of Literature.

Elizabeth is a journalist and social entrepreneur. She is the Founder & CEO of the Global Thinkers Forum, an international non profit organization promoting values-based leadership and collaboration. In 2018 she founded Athena40, an initiative recognizing women of pioneering thinking and positive impact.

Join us for a fascinating conversation.

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SATURDAY November 2

11am-1pm
Brown’s Hotel

 

Literary/art walk with broadcaster, commentator and art advisor Maeve Doyle

Visit the subjects of Vanity Fair contributing editor Michael Shnayerson’s 2019 book BOOM: Mad Money, Mega Dealers and the Rise of Contemporary Art. Meet at The English Tea Room at Brown’s Hotel.

Tickets £10

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SATURDAY November 2

12 noon-4pm
Christie’s, 8 King Street, London SW1Y 6QT

 

Literary highlights of the auction season

An exhibition of rare and valuable first editions and manuscripts, featuring famous works of English and World Literature from the 16th century to the modern day.

Free event, open to all

SATURDAY November 2

2pm – 4pm
Clarendon Room, Brown’s Hotel, Albemarle Street, London W1S 4BP

 

Readings from The Jungle Book with Classic Afternoon Tea

A celebration of the masterpiece penned by Rudyard Kipling at Brown’s to coincide with the 125th year since publication.

Guests will have the chance to purchase a brand new, limited-edition hardcover copy of The Jungle Book (one of only 500), exclusively created for hotel guests. A must have for fans and collectors, each book (£19.99) comes complete with a letter written by Kipling during one of his stays at Brown’s. 

Tickets £20 adults, £10 children under 10

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SUNDAY November 3

12 noon-4pm
Christie’s, 8 King Street, London SW1Y 6QT

 

Literary highlights of the auction season

An exhibition of rare and valuable first editions and manuscripts, featuring famous works of English and World Literature from the 16th century to the modern day.

Free event, open to all

SUNDAY November 3

6:30pm-8:30pm
Corrigan’s Mayfair, 28 Upper Grosvenor Street, London W1K 7EH

An Evening of Irish Poetry and Song – Celebrating Women

A Wilder Shore Production

Acclaimed Irish actress, two-time Olivier Award winner and Tony Award nominee, Denise Gough, leads a cast of award-winning actors and writers for the Festival Finale. Devised and directed by Shevaun Wilder.

Includes wine and canapés.

All profits to The Josephine Hart Poetry Foundation Scholarship Fund

ThePoetryHour.com

£50

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For contractual reasons, there may, occasionally, be last-minute changes to personal appearances.