HECKLING OVER DINNER
I am grateful to Geoffrey Alderman, Jonathan Freedland and Marcus Dysch for their eloquent reflections in recent issues of the JC on the “Cultural Boycott” debate in which I participated at the Purcell Room on July 10.
One of the aspects of the evening that will forever bemuse me was the presence after the event of scores of audience hecklers, standing-room only, in the private dining room at the Queen Elizabeth Hall. I had been invited by the South Bank Centre organisers for a panellists’ post-event, private dinner but obviously the publicly funded South Bank felt it necessary to entertain the large clutch of “activists” as well. However, it was gratifying to be asked to sign my books in the foyer — a restorative activity for one’s battered dignity. Carol Gould Northwick Close, London NW8