St Philip and St James’s church, Grafton Road, Cheltenham, GL50 2DD

30th October – Venice Inscribed – Pen and Pew

La Serenissima seen through the imagination and eyes of writers from Shakespeare to Donna Leon

Venice Inscribed, the Pen and Pew* informal study day at Pip & Jim’s on Saturday 30th October, has the following schedule:

10.30: Coffee and biscuits on arrival

11.00 – 11.50:  A literary tour of the City: from the 17th to the 21st century

12.00– 12.50: Venice and the Victorians – Wordsworth, Byron, Ruskin, Browning and Arnold Bennett

1.00 – 2.15pm:  Lunch (a two-course hot meal)

2.15 – 3.30: The twentieth century and after: E.M. Forster, Thomas Mann, Ezra Pound and Olga Rudge, Joseph Brodsky, Jan Morris and Donna Leon

3.30. Tea and Cakes

The all-inclusive cost is £30. Every penny raised goes to the Pip and Jim’s Re-ordering Fund. Bookings can be made by post to The Parish Administrator, St Philip and St James, Grafton Road GL50 2DD or by calling in at the Parish office (in the Church; the office is open Monday-Friday 9am until 12.30pm). Direct transfer, cash and cheques are equally welcome.

  • If paying by BACS, please book at the office on 01242-522658 or email
  • The account name is ‘St Philip and St James PCC’, sort code 30-95-72, ac. number 00260740. Please give ‘Pen and Pew’ as the reference.
  • If paying by cheque, please write ‘Pen and Pew’ on the back of the cheque, made out to St Philip and St James PCC. Payment by cash is also fine, but payment must be made, and places booked, in advance.

*Pen and Pew; These informal Study Days (no previous knowledge required) began in 2015 and have covered authors from Shakespeare and George Herbert to Emily Bronte and EM Forster, from Jane Austen and Thomas Hardy to John Betjeman, TS Eliot and Seamus Heaney.  ‘Venice Inscribed’ will be the fourteenth in the series. The fifteenth, on WH Auden and Louis MacNeice, will be at Pip & Jim’s on Saturday 19th March 2022.


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