They say journalism is the first draft of history. In fact, journalism – and journalists – are too easily forgotten by history.
Good news, then, that our late, lamented editor, Alexander Chancellor, is to be remembered in a special event at Leicester University on
Alexander’s friends – the satirist Craig Brown, the writers Ferdinand Mount and Geoffrey Wheatcroft, and the writer Alexander Waugh, Chancellor’s son-in-law – will discuss him in the Attenborough Film Theatre at Leicester, at 4pm. Tickets for the Literary Leicester Festival are free, and Oldie readers are very much welcome. (Details at http://www2.le.ac.uk/institution/literary-leicester).
Alexander would have laughed his much-missed, cackling laugh at the idea of a Festschrift – an academic tribute – in his name. But, unlike most dry-as-dust university events, this one will raise the roof.