A Journey into the Lost World of Bohemian Soho
Hosted by The Society Club with Paul Willetts and special guests Callum Coates and Virginia Ironside
The Charlotte Street Hotel
15-17 Charlotte Street London W1T 1RJ
Monday, 9th of July
Doors open at 7pm, Talk and screening starts promptly at 7:30
Few people have led such a strange life as the cult writer and Soho dandy Julian Maclaren-Ross (1912-64), whose work has attracted admirers as varied as Harold Pinter, Evelyn Waugh, Iain Sinclair, Graham Greene and Sarah Waters. Brought up on the French Riviera during the 1920s, his subsequent life encompassed fame and literary success as well as alcoholism, drug addiction, homelessness and a psychotic obsession with George Orwell’s glamorous widow.
To commemorate the centenary of his birth, we’ll be staging a recreation of one of his short, characteristically stylish 1950s radio plays, starring Callum Coates, founder of the popular Fitzrovia Radio Hour and stalwart of the Globe Theatre under Mark Rylance. We’ll also be presenting rarely seen footage of Maclaren-Ross and his friends talking about the long lost world of Soho bohemia. There’ll also be short readings from Maclaren-Ross’s witty and atmospheric work, juxtaposed with a discussion between his biographer, Paul Willetts, and the writer and stand-up comedienne, Virginia Ironside.
Paul Willetts wrote the biography of Julian Maclaren-Ross, ‘Fear and Loathing in Fitzrovia’ and has edited several books about Maclaren-Ross, including Collected Memoirs, Collected Stories and Bitten By The Tarantula and other writings. Willetts also wrote the Paul Raymond biography Members Only, which is currently being filmed directed by Michael Winterbottom, starring Steve Coogan.
A night filled with celebrating one of our greatest local writers on his 100th birthday.
£15, includes a complimentary glass of Fontaine Absinthe
Limited number of tickets available, please book in advance at
or call The Society Club at 02074371433