VILLAGE NEAR PETERBOROUGH TO COMMEMMORATE LOCAL AUTHOR
Three-day event dedicated to author, playwright and composer Beverley Nichols
Beverley Nichols Weekend – 7th-9th September 2018, Glatton, Cambridgeshire.
John Beverley Nichols (1898-1983) was a socialite surrounded by a constellation of the brightest stars of the first half of the twentieth century. His inner circle included the aristocracy, giants of commerce, stars of the stage and screen and the leading creatives of his age. Blessed with a talent that delivered success in multiple disciplines in the arts, Nichols remained a bona fide celebrity for his entire adult life. Yet, despite the acclaim he enjoyed, the fame of Beverley Nichols has dimmed in the years following his death in 1983.
Hailed as one of the original “Bright Young Things” of the 1920s, the prolific English author wrote more than 60 books, including novels, children’s books, mysteries, short stories and poetry, as well as works on travel, politics, religion, celebrity profiles, cats and gardening. His popular and often news-making books were published regularly throughout six decades, with his last published a year before his death at age 85. He also authored plays, composed songs for musical revues and wrote weekly essay columns for major newspapers and magazines.
Beverley Nichols lived at Allways, a thatched cottage in Glatton (near Peterborough), between 1928 and 1937. Here Nichols wrote his trilogy of books Down the Garden Path, A Thatched Roof, and A Village in a Valley.
Now 120 years after his birth, inspired by his fascinating and often contradictory life, individuals from both sides of the Atlantic are collaborating on a project to reintroduce Mr. Nichols to a modern audience.
In September 2018 the parish of Glatton and the Fenland Trust are staging a ‘Beverley Nichols Weekend’ to celebrate the life of the village’s most famous resident. The event will include an exhibition of Nichol’s works, talks on his life, a beer festival at the village pub and the unveiling of a heritage plaque dedicated to the author.
As part of the project resident and researcher Terry Brignall MBE has also been granted access to Nichols’ historic home, the Allways cottage to view the famous “autograph wall”. The wall features signatures of the many famous visitors to Allways including Clark Gable, Dame Nellie Melba, Rex Whistler and Cecil Beaton.
Details of the event and the research can be found on the Beverley Nichols website at www.beverleynichols.org
“Thanks to the extraordinary research by Terry Brignall MBE and the support of the parish of Glatton, we have a wonderful opportunity to commemorate the life of one of the region’s most famous residents and introduce new generations to his work.”
Stewart Howe, Chair, Fenland Trust
If you would like more information about this topic, please contact Stewart Howe at 07376 419605 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org