Picnics in the park are great... even better if the ultimate butler is there to hand out the cucumber sandwiches. It is with great excitement that we tell you about a simply ripping picnic planned for Saturday: The Wodehouse Picnic in Russell Square. We're so excited our straw boater hats are twitching at the thought of it, and we're having our finest linen pressed as we speak.
All this happy Wodehouse-ian larking about is a celebration of the reissue of all the man's writing in paperback by Arrow Books. All the aunties, adventures, comic mishaps and romantic misunderstandings you can handle will be released by the publishers over the year, and hopefully hundreds of new readers will get to enjoy the delightful, charming, silly and loveable books in Wodehouse's exuberantly English oeuvre.
The picnic starts at 12pm in Russell Square this coming Saturday, within view of the British Museum and hundreds of eager tourists who will no doubt explode with pleasure at the sight of this most peculiar P G Wodehouse picnic. There'll be games, races and activities, music by the Will Hyland Quintet and appearances by Wodehouse's great-grandchildren who go by the fabulous name of Cazalet. Afternoon tea and picnic food will be available for those who let their butlers off for the day and therefore don't have their own: Wodehouse charcters such as Jeeves and Lord Elmsworth will be present to supply those who need tea and cake.
And amid all the excitement, tweed and crisp dining linen there will be ... pig racing! Yes, pig racing. Why? You'll have to read the books, bring your picnic hamper and find out on Saturday.
The Wodehouse Picnic, Saturday 10 May, 12-3pm, Russell Square. Entry is free. For more information go to the website here.