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30th November, 2019
A Walk on the Wilde Side
Meet at Knightsbridge Station.
The supreme vice is shallowness’ – Oscar Wilde
Poet Niall McDevitt tells the story of fellow Dubliner Oscar Wilde at the key sites in Chelsea, where Oscar Wilde lived until his incarceration for gross indecency.
The focus is on 1895, the year of The Importance of Being Earnest and Wilde’s instantaneous martyrdom, which – according to Cyril Connolly – ‘set the aesthetic movement back by 20 years.’.
But the November 30 date of the walk also commemorates Wilde’s legendary fin-de-siecle death in Paris in the year 1900.
We shall encounter a fascinating supporting cast of the author’s friends, family, lovers, fellow artists and enemies.
Meeting at Knightsbridge tube station at the Brompton Road exit on Hans Crescent. Sat 30 Nov. £10 (The walk takes approximately two hours and will finish in King Street.)