‘Extraordinary, terrific’ – Blenheim Litfest verdict on ‘Darling Winston’ talk
FROM THE RIDICULOUS TO THE SUBLIME… SUNDAY, OCTOBER 14, 15.23PM
David Lough – 40 Years of Letters between Churchill and his Mother
And wasn’t it just…?
To walk straight out of Parsons and Brandreth’s comedic juggernaut into David Lough’s talk on ‘Forty Year’s of Letters Between Churchill and his Mother’ might to some have appeared irresponsible; after all, how could anyone’s brain switch successfully – and immediately – between the two extremes. But such was Lough’s impeccable research and considered delivery, it actually proved the perfect ‘Ying’ to the previous hour’s ‘Yang’.
Eloquent, funny (in its own, warm way) and surprisingly moving, Lough’s examination of Churchill’s conversations with his mother via pen and paper was extraordinary. So much so that in one small presentation, a reading of letters exchanged between the two when Winston was just 17 and threatened with spending Christmas in France to further his education, proved revelatory. An extraordinary, hairs-stood-up-on-the-arm moment.
To read the original version of the festival’s blog, follow the link here.