Grevel Lindop

Poet, biographer, critic, essayist and writer on just about everything

Readings & Events

Sunday 6 September 2pm: Shugborough Hall, Staffs: Poetry Reading with Music: Grevel Lindop will be reading his ‘Shugborough Eclogues’, a 21st century take on the country house pastoral, with music by Andrew Baker. Come and go as you please. Event FREE, if you’re visiting Shugborough Hall.

Monday 12 to Saturday 17 October: Grevel Lindop and Carola Luther: poets’ retreat at The Arvon Foundation, Lumb Bank

Monday 19 October, 6.15 for 7 pm: Grevel Lindop introduces Revd Dr Malcolm Guite’s lecture ‘Mariner: A Voyage with Samuel Taylor Coleridge’, The Temenos Academy at The Lincoln Centre, 18 Lincoln’s Inn Fields, London WC2 3ED. £5 (£3.50 for Temenos Academy members and concessions).

Friday 23 October, 1pm: Poetry Reading by Grevel Lindop and Matthew Sweeney, Manchester Literature Festival, Manchester Central Library, St Peters Square, M2 5PD. Free but booking advised: book on 0843 208 0500.

Tuesday 27 October, 5.30 pm: Lecture by Grevel Lindop: ‘Unveiling an Esoteric Life: Writing the Biography of Charles Williams’. Oxford Centre for Life Writing, Leonard Wolfson Auditorium, Wolfson College, Linton Road, Oxford OX2 6UD. Free and open to all.

Thursday 29 October, 7 pm: Launch of Charles Williams: The Third Inkling, Blackwell’s, Broad Street, Oxford: Author Talk, questions, refreshments, book available 20% off. Entry £5 on door (free if on guest list: please contact Grevel).

Wednesday 28 October, lunchtime: Author talk on Charles Williams to OUP Staff Association, Oxford University Press, Great Clarendon Street, Oxford (Open to OUP staff only).

Monday 9 November, 6.30 for 7 pm: Grevel Lindop introduces Jeremy Reed’s lecture: ‘Not Dark Yet: Bob Dylan’s Time Out of Mind and William Blake’s The Marriage of Heaven and Hell.’ The Temenos Academy at The Royal Asiatic Society, 14 Stephenson Way, London NW1 2HD. £5 (£3.50 for Temenos Academy members and concessions).

Thuesday 10 November, 7.15 for 7.30 start, Treadwell’s, 33 Store Street, Bloomsbury London, WC1E 7BS: Grevel Lindop speaks on Charles Williams: Christian, Magician, Inkling. Drinks and book signing. Admission £8. To book: Ring 0207 419 8507  Charles Williams (1886-1945) was an Arthurian poet, cult author of metaphysical thrillers, Anglican theologian, Rosicrucian and – with Tolkien and C.S. Lewis – a central member of the ‘Inklings’ during World War 2. A lifelong Christian, he was a senior figure in A.E. Waite’s Fellowship of the Rosy Cross until 1927, and afterwards continued to practise magical rituals which he believed enhanced his creativity. Debate has raged about whether he was also connected to the ‘Golden Dawn’ tradition. Grevel Lindop’s biography Charles Williams: The Third Inkling , based on interviews with many who knew Williams and on archives previously closed to researchers, provides dramatic new insights into this and many other mysteries.

Friday 13 to Sunday 15 November Maryport Literary Festival at the Senhouse Museum, The Battery, Maryport, Cumbria CA15 6JD: Grevel Lindop will be running a workshop on the Friday and speaking about his biography of Charles Williams another day: details tbc.

Wednesday 18 November, International Anthony Burgess Foundation, 3 Cambridge Street, Manchester, M1 5BY: Evening, time tbc: Book Launch: Grevel Lindop and Peter Sansom read their poems to launch their new books, Grevel Lindop’s Luna Park and Peter Sansom’s Careful What You Wish For. More details soon.

Thursday 19 November, 7.30-9.30: (Marple Exploring the Arts, Marple United Reformed Church, Hibbert Lane, Marple, Cheshire SK6 7NN; entrance £6) talk by Grevel Lindop: ‘Charles Williams: Unveiling a Hidden Life’. Novelist, poet, theologian, magician, and guru, Charles Williams was an extraordinary and controversial figure and a central member of the Inklings – the group of Oxford writers that included C. S. Lewis and J. R. R. Tolkien. Williams was the strangest, most multitalented, and most controversial member of the group, and his friends and admirers included T. S. Eliot, W. H. Auden, Dylan Thomas, and the young Philip Larkin. Grevel Lindop’s biography, the first full account of his life, draws on a wealth of documents, many never before opened to researchers, and on interviews with people who knew Williams. It vividly recreates the bizarre and dramatic life of this strange, uneasy genius, of whom Eliot wrote: ‘For him there was no frontier between the material and the spiritual world.’

Wednesday 9 December: Poetry reading in Nottingham (probable: details tbc).

Thursday 10 December, 6 for 6.30 pm: Grevel Lindop introduces Annick de Souzenelle’s lecture: ‘The Body and Its Symbolism’. Temenos Academy at the Lincoln Centre, 18 Lincoln’s Inn Fields, London WC2 3ED. £5 (£3.50 for Temenos Academy members and concessions).


Thursday 11 February: Poetry Reading  by Grevel Lindop at Albert Poets, Huddersfield (details tbc).

Friday 13 May, 7.30 pm : Poetry Reading  by Grevel Lindop at Derby Poetry Society (Room 3, Friends’ Meeting House, St Helens Street, Derby DE1 3GY. £2.50 or £1.00, Students and Society Members.