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
Venue TBC

 

Frieda Hughes: Alternative Values, Poems & Paintings

A rare opportunity to see the award-winning painter and poet exhibit her abstract oils on canvas and read from the accompanying poems in Alternative Values. Other published collections include WoorolooStonepickerWaxworksThe Book of Mirrors, and Forty-five. Frieda’s parents are the late authors Sylvia Plath and Ted Hughes.

Curated by Shevaun Wilder.

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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

Stars of stage and screen will read Josephine Hart’s introductions to, and selections from, the great poetry of The Romantics. 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 in need

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

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

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

 

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

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 profits to the London Library and the George V Fund for Actors

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

An exhibition of photographs by Will Waterworth taken within an English country garden, inspired by Cecil Beaton’s imagery from the 1920s, alongside readings by young creatives.

Free event, open to all  

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

On 1st November, Martha Ortiz will be joined by a panel of formidable female chefs, including Ching He Huang and Ravinder Bhogal, 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

19pm
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 advocate for women’s rights and LGBT rights and freedom of speech, she has been awarded Chevalier des Arts and des Lettres.

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.

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

Devised and directed by Shevaun Wilder with a cast of award-winning actors and writers for the Festival Finale.

Includes wine and canapés.

All profits to The Josephine Hart Scholarship Fund

For ticket information, email mayfair.times@pubbiz.com