Sunday 6 September 2020

The Last Four Leaps

The Pale Usher is about to retire to his three-story modernist bungalow in Pinner, where he will keep wasps and spend his twilight years contemplating the quattuor novissima, or Four Last Things: Death, Judgment, Heaven, and Hell. Serendipitously there are now just four more Leaps to go. Whether or not they could be said to align with the quattuor novissima is a three-pipe problem for any theologist. Friday 11th September Two readings by the poet Sasha Dugdale from her brilliant new collection Deformations; Laura Waddell joins us to mark the launch of her sparkling non-fiction debut exit; Susanna Crossman delivers a Letter from Dinan; Linda Mannheim scrutinises a short story by Wendy Erskine (who responds to said scrutiny); author Kevin Davey on his forthcoming novel Radio Joan and new work from Christodoulos Makris. Saturday 12th September Leap of Faith: an evening curated by Marie-Elsa Bragg Friday 18th September Auden and Company. From the firebrand voice of a generation in the 1930s to the serene and crankily devout Anglican of the post-war years. We’ll be navigating some off-trail writing that gives an idea of his tremendous range as a poet, dramatist, essayist, critic and film maker. Saturday 19th September Planning this last Leap I looked back to the very first, held in a dilapidated former Conservative Club in Paddington on 29th February. I wrote about it here: I’m delighted to say that everyone who took part in that first Leap will join us fora final Leap in the Dark.

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