When economist (and Duncan Grant’s lover) John Maynard Keynes fell for Russian ballerina Lydia Lopokova, his friends all disapproved, but the couple went on to have one of the longest and happiest marriages of the Bloomsbury group.
Join us to read their love letters and discover a relationship that was full of depth and tenderness, as well as lightness and humour. Lydia’s own playful dictionary of invented English gives us a lively and embodied world including life on stage, celebrity gossip, their home at ‘Tilton Planet’ (across the field from Charleston), and Maynard’s involvement in the politics of the day. The letters, both tender and hilarious, are notable for their remarkable sign-offs – ‘I kiss you gobblingly,’ ‘Moisten me again with your springs, ‘Your lively vitamin,’ and ‘In these hard moments of life, I seal my lips with yours, otherwise life is too difficult.’
Their relationship is a woefully under-read aspect of the Bloomsbury group, and one we are thrilled to share with you.
Join us around the Coco Table in the Threshing Barn for civilised Sunday mornings of readings and lively discussion. Held on the first Sunday of every month, we will explore themes inspired by Charleston, the Bloomsbury Group, modernism, and our current exhibitions. These are informal and relaxed sessions, open to all, with no need to read anything in advance. Simply come along, settle down with your tea or coffee, and immerse yourself in literature, thoughts and ideas with like-minded people in an inspiring space. Led by our Reader in Residence Holly Dawson, following the success of the Sunday reading and discussion groups held during our Orlando season.