Night of Soho tales at 108 Fine Art

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By Weekend Editor Graham Chalmers

A unique evening in Harrogate exploring a famous part of London’s bohemian past is proving hugely popular.

Entitled An evening with Sophie Parkin, there has been a phenomeal response to the event at Harrogate’s 108 Fine Art Gallery on Saturday, April 13 which will mark the publication of new book A History of Bohemian Soho, The Colony Club, 1948 -2008.

A writer, poet and artist as well as author of said book, Sophie will be at 108 Fine Art to talk about her memories and stories featuring everyone from Dylan Thomas to Kate Moss.

There will also be a solo performance by international classical guitarist Adam Brown, as well as an exhibition of photographs, collage and assemblages by surrealist artist and photographer Michael Andrews.

Sophie will illustrate extracts from her new book on London’s notorious drinking den, The Colony Room with a slide show of rare photographs.

The Colony Room Club in Soho was first opened on the first floor of 41 Dean Street in 1948, by proprietor Muriel Belcher, then aged 40.

Ian Board, her barman, inherited the Colony upon her death in December 1979 and drew a younger, trendier crowd.

Film stars to have graced the venue over the years included Peter O’Toole, Daniel Craig, Jude Law, Keira Knightly and Rhys Ifans.

Rock stars drawn to its bohemian milieu included The Clash , Blur, Badly Drawn Boy, The Magic Numbers, Black Box Recorder and Alabama 3.

The Colony Room book contains almost 300 pages of original material, both in interviews, photographs and art pieces.

For those who have missed out on the Harrogate event, Sophie Parkin will now also be talking about the book in Leeds the following day.

For information, telephone 01423 709108 or 07798 908857 or email exhibitions@108fineart.com