The Complete Works of Evelyn Waugh

Lead Research Organisation: University of Leicester
Department Name: English

Abstract

The Complete Works of Evelyn Waugh (CWEW) will revolutionise Waugh studies, and influence twentieth-century literary and cultural studies more broadly, publishing a vast storehouse of historical and literary documentation. CWEW will greatly expand our knowledge of the range and complexity of Waugh's thinking and artistic practice, linking this to the work of his contemporaries 1903-66 in Britain, America and Europe. No other edition of a British novelist has been undertaken on this scale. About 85% of Waugh's letters are unpublished. CWEW will print all Waugh's extant writings and graphic art: novels, biographies, travel writing, shorter fiction, essays, articles, reportage, reviews, letters, diaries, poems, juvenilia, parerga, drawings and designs in 42 volumes.

There has never been a scholarly edition of Waugh's work, the best volumes being Penguin's Modern Classics reissues. These, however, fall far short of rigorous scholarly standards. It was not Penguin's remit to finance large-scale textual scholarship and the editors were hampered by commercial restrictions. The historical context is meagre. Over the last thirty years, Waugh scholarship has made huge strides. Very little of this scholarship, however, has informed editions of Waugh's work. CWEW aims to correct that. Its editors can quote extensively and without charge from Waugh copyright material, a privilege never before available and which now unlocks a hoard of literary treasures.

The objective is thoroughly to historicize each text, to provide an authoritative repository of primary source material in an edition that will not 'date' and that will become the seminal source of reference for the foreseeable future. Through this, we hope not only to transform Waugh studies but also studies of his literary circle (e.g. John Betjeman, Robert Byron, Henry Green, Graham Greene, the Sitwells, Anthony Powell, and Muriel Spark), and to enhance studies of Architecture, Art History, History, Film, and textual editing. Volumes will, for example, investigate British, American and French Catholicism, the impact of both world wars, class, politics and Modernist aesthetics in the twentieth century.

Print publication was contracted in 2009, the project initiated by Alexander Waugh, Waugh's grandson, who curates the massive Evelyn Waugh Archive. OUP and Alexander Waugh will digitize the letters, diaries, essays, articles and reviews in this archive and all copy-texts for a database available to editors through password-protected access from an interactive website which will include: updated bibliographies, blog space for editors, and an open forum for public engagement inviting information on untraced Waugh material and feedback from the project's many public events. These events, launched by a Colloquium (2013) and International Conference (2015), involve our Project Partners: the Bodleian, British, and Brotherton Libraries, the Humanities Research Center (Texas), the University of Milan, the Waugh Estate and OUP. The website, a unique research tool, will expedite research and offer a world-leading forum for Waugh studies. Since 2009, scholarly development has been led by Martin Stannard and David Bradshaw. As Co-Executive Editor (PI) with Prof. Bradshaw (CI), Prof. Stannard will be project manager in collaboration with Alexander Waugh, the General Editor. Publication will be in two tranches: 2016-17, and 2018-22, eleven volumes of Tranche 1 to appear by Easter 2016 to mark the fiftieth anniversary of Waugh's death.

The project will fully integrate the career development of a Research Assistant and two doctoral students. All will attend quarterly meetings of the Editorial Board, present annual progress reports to it, and produce conference papers and publications. As crucial figures, they will directly engage with the project's research infrastructure. A dedicated project research area will be created for them in the University of Leicester Library.

Planned Impact

Who will benefit?

Beyond the academic community, the short-term impact of CWEW will be widespread. Waugh remains a popular author, and film and TV adaptations of novels such as Vile Bodies, Brideshead Revisited and the Sword of Honour trilogy have maintained his high profile. He is widely studied at GCSE and A level. OUP will vigorously market the edition, to be launched with a Press conference at the Colloquium. Eleven Tranche 1 volumes will be released to coincide with media coverage of the 50th anniversary of Waugh's death. When early editions of the Diaries and Letters appeared, they created a Press furore. The many new letters and the unexpurgated diaries are likely to receive similar coverage. OUP will probably serialise the Personal Writings, and Alexander Waugh and the PI will write related Press articles. There will also be annual podcasts by a professional journalist and numerous public events:

(a) book and MS exhibitions at the HRC, Texas (2016), the Brotherton (2016), the British Library (2017), the Bodleian (2017), and the University of Milan (2018);

(b) study days for school students at the British Library and the University of Leicester (2016);

(c) panel discussions at these events and at literary festivals, involving Alexander Waugh and members of the Editorial Board (2016-18).

An exhibition of rare books, furniture and manuscripts owned by the Waugh family is planned. Philip Dodd and Simon Hollis of Brook Lapping (one of the larger TV/radio independents) are very interested in making a programme to be broadcast on the 50th anniversary. Twitter and Facebook links on the website will advertise events, inviting feedback and archiving it. The Colloquium (July 2013) and International Conference (April 2015) will both be open to the public. These, and events at the 2016 Literary Leicester festival (free and open to the public), and at the Leicester Literary and Philosophical Society (2015), will lay the foundations for an international impact strategy.

CWEW provides an accessible, comprehensive repository of all known data on each text. Long-term commercial users will include anyone wanting to make a public statement about Waugh's life or work: film makers, adaptors, radio and news producers, curators et al. The long-term use of the edition by the wider public is also likely to be wide-ranging given Waugh's popular appeal.

How will they benefit?

Massive benefits to the cultural capital of the nation accrue from an edition of this size and quality. It will confirm Waugh's status as a major author alongside, say, Dickens and Hardy, enhancing GB's status as one of the world's centres of literary excellence, improving our historical knowledge and understanding of what it meant to be Catholic and British in the twentieth century, of the cultural impact of both world wars, of class, the fine arts, and politics during Waugh's lifetime, particularly through the unearthing of huge amounts of previously unpublished material. School students' interest will be quickened by discussions of MSS relating to their syllabus texts on study days. Apart from the intellectual benefits, however, there are distinct financial ones, too. A project of this scope creates additional or continued employment in the publishing industry, encourages overseas research students, even tourism through the exhibitions and general high-profile publicity.

Relevance to these benefiaries.

It will improve the nation's wealth and culture, and foster its global economic performance through OUP's international distribution and production network. The timescales for these benefits are those of the two tranches: 2016-2017 for Tranche 1, and 2022 for the completion of Tranche 2, although 2018 for most of it. Thereafter, the effects should continue indefinitely in that the edition is designed not to 'date' and the post-project website will provide a permanent resource for international Waugh studies.
 
Title City of Aquatint: Evelyn Waugh's Oxford 
Description The exhibition celebrated Evelyn Waugh's connection with the city of Oxford through showcasing: works Waugh created as an undergraduate; works inspired by his memories and experiences of Oxford; photographs and paraphernalia of Waugh and his Oxford friends; letters between Waugh and his friends relating to Oxford and his creative output. The exhibition featured an interactive map of Oxford designed by Bafta award-winning artist Amy Dodd, and included screenings of The Scarlet Woman, which was kindly loaned by the Harry Ransom Center, University of Texas at Austin. 
Type Of Art Artistic/Creative Exhibition 
Year Produced 2017 
Impact The exhibition was the catalyst for Dr Cooke's publication Evelyn Waugh's Oxford, which also features original artwork by Amy Dodd. 
 
Description We continue to refine Prof Stannard's system of recording manuscript development and textual variants developed especially for CWEW, and our first volumes to use this system were published 14 September 2017.

New Waugh-related primary materials continue to come to light through our high profile with Waugh archivists as well as collectors outside the academy. This year's highlight has been a previously undiscovered large pen-and-ink illustration by Waugh dating from 1929 and referencing key literary trends of the time.

We are also shaping thoughts in the textual editing field as we are able to share our methodologies with other large projects, most notably through the involvement of Prof Martin Stannard and Dr Barbara Cooke in Dr Bryony Randall's AHRC-funded New Modernist Editing Network, and through Prof. Stannard's assistance with the development of OUP's complete works of Ford Madox Ford and of Wyndham Lewis..
Exploitation Route Our methodology is being studied as a model and adapted by other textual editing projects, particularly this working on Modernism such as Prof Paul Edwards' Wyndham Lewis edition.

The new illustration has been published in Prof Martin Stannard's Vile Bodies and Dr Cooke's Evelyn Waugh's Oxford (which is written for a lay audience), and exhibited in an independent London bookshop as part of an 'Evelyn Waugh, Artist' showcase.

The volumes themselves will contribute as reference for further scholarship and school education in the fields of textual editing, creative writing, life writing, cultural studies, and Modernism.
Sectors Creative Economy,Education,Culture, Heritage, Museums and Collections

 
Description Thanks to some productive collaborations with existing and new industry partners, the CWEW has been able to revise and expand its pathways to impact, which remains international in its scope. Indeed, a new international symposium at the Huntington was added in 2016 and executed in 2017, with the Huntington becoming an additional Project Partner. However, the project has also made a local impact through the Waugh Book Group, attendance of the public at project events, targeted Literary Leicester events, and creative writing sessions which have benefitted both local and London-based students. Events are planned with the Arts Councils' Generic Learning Outcomes in mind, and feedback returned consistently reports positive changes in participants' behaviour as well as requests for more information about, and direct help with, our work. The research team's involvement in professional textual editing networks and on the advisory boards of comparable textual editing projects has allowed our methodology and working practices to inform the planning and execution of similar large-scale endeavours.
First Year Of Impact 2013
Sector Creative Economy,Education,Leisure Activities, including Sports, Recreation and Tourism,Culture, Heritage, Museums and Collections
Impact Types Cultural,Societal,Economic

 
Description Ad-hoc conference funding
Amount $12,500 (USD)
Organisation University of Leicester 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland (UK)
Start 01/2017 
End 05/2017
 
Description Everybody's Reading 2014
Amount £200 (GBP)
Organisation School Development Support Agency 
Sector Academic/University
Country Unknown
Start 10/2014 
End 10/2014
 
Description British Library Study Sessions 
Organisation The British Library
Country United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland (UK) 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution We have contributed space and just over £300 capital spending plus expenses to help develop and deliver a series of study sessions to A-level students based on Evelyn Waugh's Vile Bodies.
Collaborator Contribution The BL has planned the sessions from their Schools Programme, hired a freelance workshop leader and sent a senior staff member to the sessions to let students know more about what is available at the British Library
Impact 2 workshops delivered as part of Evelyn Waugh Day at the University of Leicester, and a further session delivered at the British Library as part of their widening participation summer school.
Start Year 2013
 
Description Evelyn Waugh: Reader, Writer, Collector. 
Organisation Huntington Library
Country United States of America 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution With a fellow CWEW editor, Dr Barbara Cooke co-convened a public symposium to be held at the Huntington Library, California, 5-6 May 2017. Prof Stannard and other members of the CWEW editorial team presented papers. The symposium celebrated the recent donation of an Evelyn Waugh Collection by members of the Rothschild family to the Huntington.
Collaborator Contribution The Huntington Library provided facilities and administrative support, and acted as a conduit between the funders at the Evelyn Waugh Society and the Rothschild Foundation. Chip Long of the Evelyn Waugh society is serving as co-convenor.
Impact The symposium itself; talks available online via soundcloud. The collaboration is still active in the sense that the Huntington is now an official project partner.
Start Year 2015
 
Description Evelyn Waugh: Reader, Writer, Collector. 
Organisation University of Leicester
Department Evelyn Waugh Society
Country United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland (UK) 
Sector Learned Society 
PI Contribution With a fellow CWEW editor, Dr Barbara Cooke co-convened a public symposium to be held at the Huntington Library, California, 5-6 May 2017. Prof Stannard and other members of the CWEW editorial team presented papers. The symposium celebrated the recent donation of an Evelyn Waugh Collection by members of the Rothschild family to the Huntington.
Collaborator Contribution The Huntington Library provided facilities and administrative support, and acted as a conduit between the funders at the Evelyn Waugh Society and the Rothschild Foundation. Chip Long of the Evelyn Waugh society is serving as co-convenor.
Impact The symposium itself; talks available online via soundcloud. The collaboration is still active in the sense that the Huntington is now an official project partner.
Start Year 2015
 
Description Weston Library, Oxford - Exhibition - City of Aquatint: Evelyn Waugh's Oxford 
Organisation Maggs Bros. Ltd.
PI Contribution Dr Barbara Cooke curated the City of Aquatint exhibition, which was held at the Weston library, Oxford, in 2017. She drew on contacts at the Harry Ransom Center (a CWEW project partner) and Maggs Brothers Rare Books limited to secure gratis loan and transportation of exhibits.
Collaborator Contribution The Harry Ransom Center offered us unusually generous terms for the display of two exhibits, namely a digital copy of the rare Waugh film The Scarlet Woman and an image of a manuscript page from Waugh's most famous novel Brideshead Revisited. They permitted us to blow up the manuscript to use as a backdrop and to edit the film to show sections on a loop, neither of which would be allowed under their standard loan terms. They also waived all exhibition and admin fees. Maggs Bros delivered an exhibit previously on loan to them to the Bodleian free of charge.
Impact The exhibition itself; a talk by Dr Cooke to the Oxford Alumni weekend; the CWEW project launch, which took place during the exhibition.
Start Year 2015
 
Description Weston Library, Oxford - Exhibition - City of Aquatint: Evelyn Waugh's Oxford 
Organisation University of Oxford
Department Bodleian Library
Country United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland (UK) 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Dr Barbara Cooke curated the City of Aquatint exhibition, which was held at the Weston library, Oxford, in 2017. She drew on contacts at the Harry Ransom Center (a CWEW project partner) and Maggs Brothers Rare Books limited to secure gratis loan and transportation of exhibits.
Collaborator Contribution The Harry Ransom Center offered us unusually generous terms for the display of two exhibits, namely a digital copy of the rare Waugh film The Scarlet Woman and an image of a manuscript page from Waugh's most famous novel Brideshead Revisited. They permitted us to blow up the manuscript to use as a backdrop and to edit the film to show sections on a loop, neither of which would be allowed under their standard loan terms. They also waived all exhibition and admin fees. Maggs Bros delivered an exhibit previously on loan to them to the Bodleian free of charge.
Impact The exhibition itself; a talk by Dr Cooke to the Oxford Alumni weekend; the CWEW project launch, which took place during the exhibition.
Start Year 2015
 
Description Weston Library, Oxford - Exhibition - City of Aquatint: Evelyn Waugh's Oxford 
Organisation University of Texas at Austin
Department Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center
Country United States of America 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Dr Barbara Cooke curated the City of Aquatint exhibition, which was held at the Weston library, Oxford, in 2017. She drew on contacts at the Harry Ransom Center (a CWEW project partner) and Maggs Brothers Rare Books limited to secure gratis loan and transportation of exhibits.
Collaborator Contribution The Harry Ransom Center offered us unusually generous terms for the display of two exhibits, namely a digital copy of the rare Waugh film The Scarlet Woman and an image of a manuscript page from Waugh's most famous novel Brideshead Revisited. They permitted us to blow up the manuscript to use as a backdrop and to edit the film to show sections on a loop, neither of which would be allowed under their standard loan terms. They also waived all exhibition and admin fees. Maggs Bros delivered an exhibit previously on loan to them to the Bodleian free of charge.
Impact The exhibition itself; a talk by Dr Cooke to the Oxford Alumni weekend; the CWEW project launch, which took place during the exhibition.
Start Year 2015
 
Description Evelyn Waugh and His Circle: Reading and Editing the Complete Works. 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Our international conference offered £5 tickets to hear visiting speakers and a number of discounted options to diversify our audience. Membership of the Waugh Book Group increased as a result and total Youtube views for our speakers (Will Boyd, Paula Byrne and Selina Hastings) currently equal approx. 900
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL http://www2.le.ac.uk/research/current-research/evelyn-waugh/events/waughconf
 
Description 'The Unorthodox Orthodoxy: Catholicism, Modernisms and the Avant-garde' Conference - 'Community and Isolation: The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie and The Driver's Seat' 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Keynote lecture by Prof. Martin Stannard at public-audience conference: 'The Unorthodox Orthodoxy: Catholicism, Modernisms and the Avant-garde'. The conference was a development of the Modernism and Christianity Project, University of Bergen. We recruited a temporary research assistant (postgraduate student) as a result of this talk, which was live tweeted and uploaded to Soundcloud, as well as putting the British Library's Rachel Foss in touch with the organisation Arts and the Sacred.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL https://storify.com/CWEvelynWaugh/community-and-isolation-the-prime-of-miss-jean-bro
 
Description BBC Radio Sheffield interview 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Dr Barbara Cooke in interview with Toby Foster at Breakfast ahead of the Sotheby's auction of Deborah, Dowager Duchess of Devonshire's copy of the pre-publication Brideshead Revisited. It is possible that the interview drove up the final bid price, or at least increased interest in the lot, though this cannot be confirmed at present.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Bodleian Library - Weston Library, Oxford, Exhibition and Talk - City of Aquatint: Evelyn Waugh's Oxford 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact City of Aquatint: Evelyn Waugh's Oxford was a small exhibition curated by Dr Cooke and hosted in the foyer of the Weston Library, Oxford, between August and October 2017. Dr Cooke gave a talk related to the exhibition as part of the Oxford Alumni Weekend on 15 September, and we launched the first four CWEW volumes in the Weston (while the exhibition was up) in the company of invited guests working in literature, media and related fields. Dr Cooke is in discussions with Bodleian Libraries about future exhibitions related to her research.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Brideshead Revisited Screening and Talk 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact A special screening of Brideshead Revisited (2008) to c.25 people at local independent cinema, The Phoenix. A pre-show talk was given by Rebecca Moore, Leicester's project PHD student, who also wrote a blog post for the cinema to promote the event. Audience members reported a greater insight into Waugh, and many of those who had never read the author before expressed a strong likelihood of doing so in the future.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://www.phoenix.org.uk/news/evelyn-waugh-and-the-legacy-of-nostalgia/
 
Description British Studies Seminar, University of Texas, Austin - Evelyn Waugh and North America 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Prof Stannard and Dr Cooke were joined at the British Studies seminar at the University of Texas at Austin by Jeff Manley of the Evelyn Waugh Society to introduce the Complete Works project to audience members and discuss Waugh's own visits to the United States. Following the seminar, an audience member previously unknown to us volunteered information that was useful to our project editors and sent on valuable research materials. Prof. Stannard's talk now published as 5,000-word essay in Prof. Roger Louis' 'Effervescent Adventures With Britannia, Personalities, Politics and Culture in Britain', 2017. The book consists of a representative selection of lectures given to the British Studies seminar at the University of Texas, Austin 2015 - 2017. The book was launched at Reform Club, 20th November 2017.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://dase.laits.utexas.edu/media/bsls/mp3/100533227.mp3
 
Description Brotherton Gallery, University of Leeds, Workshop - From Bright Young Thing to Last Rites: the Evelyn Waugh Collection 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Three members of the project (Prof. Stannard, Alexander Waugh, and Dr. Cooke) delivered a free workshop at the newly opened Treasures of the Brotherton Gallery at the University of Leeds, which was designed to allow participants hands-on experience of the Brotherton's Evelyn Waugh collection. The majority of the audience members responding to our feedback survey had not visited the gallery before, and all expressed their intention to visit again. The overwhelming majority of respondents also said they were very likely to (re)read Waugh as a result of the event.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description CAMEo Research Institute for Cultural and Media and Economies & Centre for New Writing, University of Leicester - A Research Symposium and Workshop - Literature, Writing and the Creative Economy: New Directions? 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Prof. Stannard's attendance at this CAMEo (Research Institute for Cultural and Media Economies) event, held at the University of Leicester, was to discuss the place of collected works editions in those industries with Prof. Rick Rylance, now Director of the Centre for English Studies, University of London, former CEO of AHRC, and with Prof. Claire Squires, University of Stirling.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://www2.le.ac.uk/institutes/cameo/cameo-events/cameo-past-events/literature-writing-and-the-cre...
 
Description CWEW Project Blog - Waugh and Words: Notes from the coal face of the Complete Works of Evelyn Waugh Project. 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact This blog is authored by Barbara Cooke the project RA, and the project's PhD students Rebecca Moore and Roger Irwin with contributions from guest writers and researchers. It is used to report back on the Book Group and other engagement events, and the comments facility sparks debate and discussion, as well as enabling members of the public to alert other fans to their own research on Waugh. Inquiries into membership of the book group and attendance at the conference have been received through the blog. Comments include: "You've added to my enjoyment of a very funny, yet poignant novel. Well done." (in response to a book group write-up) and: "Well, this is brilliantly written. I look forward to more reports from the frontier!" (in response to a post about Alexander Waugh's archive)
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013,2014,2015,2016,2017
URL http://staffblogs.le.ac.uk/waughandwords/
 
Description Camden Summer University and British Library Creative Writing and Literature Summer School 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact 11 Students were recruited for a literature/creative writing week at the British Library by Camden Council from schools across the borough as part of its Summer University initiative. They were introduced to Evelyn Waugh and the BL's archives before completing creative writing activities. The session teachers write:
'the students all seemed to enjoy themselves and they came up with some great pieces of creative writing using the party scenes in Vile Bodies as inspiration. I think that rather dark style of comic writing, where you can be a little bit transgressive, is especially appealing when you're young and as I say the students all got behind it, asked some great questions and they all came up with some terrifically original and creative material. The background material on the British Library, Evelyn Waugh and archives in general all went down pretty well too.'

'I thought it was very good that we had introduced them to a writer and a work which was new to them but which definitely held attractions. I'd like to think at least a couple of the older ones we're interested enough to read the whole of the book or watch the film first.

I'd echo their comments ,and say that the students' creative writing pieces - in the style of Balcairn's story on Margo Metroland's party - showed impressive engagement with the language and themes of Vile Bodies, which even the youngest (at 14) was able to access.'
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Campion Hall - Talk by Martin Stannard 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Prof. Stannard visited Campion Hall to (a) hear Francesca Bugliani Knox's paper on Ronald Knox (2 March), and to discuss her new book Ronald Knox: A Man For All Seasons (Pontificate of Medieval Studies, 2016); (b) examine the Campion Hall archive for our editors of EW's Edmund Campion and Ronald Knox; (c) give a paper ('Evelyn Waugh and North America') and) d) further discuss EW's connections with Campion Hall with the archivist, Prof. Peter Davidson, and the Master, the Reverend Dr, James Hanvey SJ. The lecture was sponsored by the Anthony Burgess Foundation, and its Director, Prof. Andrew Biswell, was also there. The archival research was extremely fruitful, revealing new art work relating to EW, a file of D'Arcy correspondence relating to the Earnest Oldmeadow scandal over Black Mischief, and many EW entries in the Benefactors Book recording EW's contributions in kind (an Abyssinian painting) and in cash through his gifting the copyright of Campion to the Hall. In addgtion, Prof. S. met someone who had met EW, and who has agreed to write an account of that meeting for the project.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Campion Hall, Oxford University Public Lecture - No Abiding City: Evelyn Waugh and America 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Prof. Stannard visited Campion Hall, Oxford University, to deliver a public lecture under the auspices of the College. The talk was sponsored by the Anthony Burgess Foundation, and its Director, Prof. Andrew Biswell, was also there.
Whilst in Oxford Prof Stannard also discussed Waugh's connections with Campion Hall with the archivist, Prof. Peter Davidson, and the Master, the Reverend Dr, James Hanvey SJ. Stannard's archival enquiries revealed new art work relating to Waugh, a file of D'Arcy correspondence relating to the Ernest Oldmeadow scandal over Black Mischief, and many EW entries in the Benefactors Book recording EW's contributions in kind (an Abyssinian painting) and in cash through his gifting the copyright of his Campion biography to the Hall. In addition, Stannard met someone who had met Waugh, and who has agreed to write an account of that meeting for the project. Several audience members asked for copies of the talk.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Diaries, Decadence and Discovery: A Year on the Complete Works of Evelyn Waugh project 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Prof Martin Stannard and doctoral student Rebecca Moore reported on a year of work on the CWEW project, hosting the event in Leicester Central Library in order to capitalise on the relationship developed with the library through monthly Waugh Book Group meetings and open Literary Leicester out to a wider audience.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
URL https://storify.com/LiteraryLeic/decadence-diaries-and-discovery-a-year-on-the-comp?utm_content=stor...
 
Description Evelyn Waugh at the Abingdon Arms 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact As part of an on - going series of literary evenings, Prof Stannard was invited to the Abingdon Arms, Beckley, to deliver a talk on Evelyn Waugh's involvement with the pub. Waugh wrote (in part) at least four books during his time in Beckley. In 2016, the villagers of Beckley bought the pub as a consortium supported by public funding and have since developed the pub as a cultural resource at the heart of the community. Since Prof Stannard's talk in January 2018, the Abingdon Arms, supported by the CWEW project, has had planning approval to erect a blue plaque commemorating Waugh's writing activities there, and Prof Stannard and Dr Cooke both plan to contribute to its unveiling ceremony in summer 2018. Dr Cooke has also agreed to stage an event based on her forthcoming publication, 'Evelyn Waugh's Oxford', at the Abingdon Arms, in summer 2018.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Everybody's Reading Festival 2014 - Waugh and Words: Party like it's 1929. 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact This event, supported by a £200 grant from Leicester's Everybody's Reading festival, saw members of the Evelyn Waugh Book group read extracts from their favourite works in a fun atmosphere. The event contributed to the wider festival and allowed the project to support local business and educational initiatives. Participants report an increased knowledge and appreciation of Waugh.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
URL http://staffblogs.le.ac.uk/waughandwords/2014/10/09/party1929-photographs/
 
Description Hertford College, Oxford - Panel Discussion: Waugh's Enemies 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Mr Alexander Waugh, Dr Ann Pasternak Slater and Dr Barbara Cooke hosted a discussion of Evelyn Waugh's many enemies in the dining hall of Waugh's Alma Mater, Hertford College. The location was especially significant as this is where a portrait of Waugh's university nemesis, C.R. M. F. Cruttwell, hangs. Audience reported high levels of enjoyment and at least one purchased a copy of Dr Cooke's A Little Learning as a direct result.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/waughs-enemies-tickets-37249114103
 
Description Huntington Library, San Marino, CA - International Conference - Evelyn Waugh: Reader, Writer, Collector 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Public symposium with an international list of invited speakers held at the Huntington Library, San Marino, CA and joint funded by the Evelyn Waugh Society and Frances and Loren Rothschild (both Mr and Mrs Rothschild attended the conference). As a result of this symposium one speaker, Dr Naomi Milthorpe, was approached to edit the Black Mischief volume of the CWEW.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://soundcloud.com/thehuntington/sets/evelyn-waugh-reader-writer-collector
 
Description Leicester Literary and Philosophical Society - 'A Plain House On A Hill': Evelyn Waugh's Last Home 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Alexander Waugh gave a talk on EW's last home, Combe Florey, to the Leicester Literary and Philosophical Society, which is open to members and the public for a small fee, and attracts audiences of c.200. AW, EW's grandson and General Editor of CWEW, grew up in this house and was able to present many domestic details - and photographs - previously unknown to the public. The talk was warmly received with interesting questions afterwards, and was published as part of the Lit. and Phil's Proceedings for 2016. The Waugh Book Group membership increased as a result.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL http://staffblogs.le.ac.uk/waughandwords/2015/10/29/alexander-waugh-at-the-leicester-lit-and-phil/
 
Description Literary Leicester Event - Evelyn Waugh Day: Public Interview with Philip Eade by Dr. Barbara Cooke 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact As part of a day of activities commemorating the 50th anniversary of Evelyn Waugh's death, his biographer Philip Eade was interviewed by Dr Barbara Cooke at Literary Leicester. Questions following the interview requested more information about the Complete Works project and especially about how to attend the Waugh Book Groups. An increased interest in reading Waugh was also reported.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Literary Leicester Event - Waugh Day: Alexander Waugh and Alexander Masters in conversation with Martin StannardWaugh Day: Alexander Waugh and Alexander Masters in conversation with Martin Stannard 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact As part of a day of activities commemorating the 50th anniversary of Evelyn Waugh's death, Prof Stannard chaired a discussion with Alexander Waugh and Alexander Masters - all of whom draw on personal writings in their work. The discussion highlighted the large amount of previously unpublished writings (particularly letters) involved in the Waugh project, and considered the implications of its use. Audience members thoroughly enjoyed the event, with one research student writing that 'It has given me further insight into the process of writing and I might use some of these tips to help me finish my PhD thesis', and another respondent stating that 'I will take away a much better, more rounded understanding/interest of biographies, letters and diaries and stories of the individuals'. Again, there was a strong interest in reading more Waugh across the audience.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Literary Leicester Event - Waugh Day: Textual Editing Workshop 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Project members Prof Martin Stannard and Drs Barbara Cooke and Sharon Ouditt took workshop participants through a textual editing exercise in order to raise awareness of our working methods on the project and what insights they can yield. Participants spoke variously of 'a fascinating procedure ... that could occupy as much time as you give it!', being 'influenced ... to think about different styles of writing and creative pieces' and having 'a lot of fun'. The event was part of a day of activities commemorating the 50th anniversary of Waugh's death.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Literary Leicester Event with British Library - Evelyn Waugh Day: A - Level Creative Writing Workshops 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact We invited 2 groups of A-level English students, many of whom have English as an additional language, into Leicester Special Collections to participate in creative writing workshops inspired by Waugh's Vile Bodies, and run by the British Library, one of our project partners. Participants reported interest in learning about Waugh's drafting processes and encouragement to use different styles of writing in their own creative work. Teachers were impressed with the quality of writing produced in the workshop and after the event reported an increase in confidence amongst the students as a result of being taken 'out of their comfort zone'. This event was part of a day of activities commemorating the 50th anniversary of Evelyn Waugh's death.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Public Colloquium 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Third sector organisations
Results and Impact 19 Project members, project partners, students and friends gathered for this colloquium to launch our 5-year project. Primarily, it was a networking opportunity introducing various project partners (e.g. British Library, HRC, OUP), and editors, to one another to raise awareness of our aims and to build relationships. Since then, partners have participated in, and are working with us on, the development of further impact and engagement activities.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013
URL http://www2.le.ac.uk/research/current-research/evelyn-waugh/editors-resources/colloquium
 
Description The Tablet 175 Festival: Exploring the Catholic Imagination - Remembering Muriel Spark 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Prof. Martin Stannard spoke on Spark and Waugh as part of The Tablet's 175th-anniversary 'Exploring the Catholic Imagination' festival held at the Library of Birmingham. Waugh wrote frequently for the paper. Participants requested to be kept informed of future CWEW events, and links were forged between the project and the magazine.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL https://soundcloud.com/artshumlaw/remembering-muriel-spark
 
Description The Waugh Book Group 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact The Waugh Book Group is our flagship engagement activity. The original group, 2 years old, has now read all Waugh's works, saving a few appealing more specialist audiences, and has now expanded its scope to include Waugh's contemporaries and those influenced by/influencing him. A second group has been launched in collaboration with a local independent coffee shop to provide new readers with the chance to begin again at the beginning. Meetings are held monthly in Leicester with approx. 12 core members, with more contributing comments to our blog write-ups. Our aim is to provide a depth of engagement with Waugh not possible in one-off events, and members frequently report both an enriched understanding of Waugh and changes in the way they read altogether: "This has been my first experience of reading for discussion rather than pure pleasure. It's been surprisingly pleasurable taking days analysing the story contents and scenarios rather than racing through the book to discover 'what happens next'. One of the benefits of the reading group has been the diversity of opinion regarding the content within the books. I'm very grateful for the additional insight to the novels gained during our monthly meetings."
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013,2014,2015,2016
URL http://staffblogs.le.ac.uk/waughandwords/category/waugh-book-group/
 
Description Visit to Bexley Grammar School 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact School visit by Dr. Barbara Cooke to 12 members of the 'We Love English' group to talk about Vile Bodies and careers in academia. As a follow-up, Dr Cooke was interviewed for one group member's extended essay on the Theory of Knowledge. The student was later accepted to Oxbridge and gave this feedback: "I have since read more of [Waugh's] works and wanted to thank you for sparking such an interest; the project you are involved in sounds fascinating"
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014