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Getting Close But Then Again Not Close At All

Created especially for the One Day in the City Festival, part two of the two-part work ‘Getting close but then again not close at all’ (part one is on show at UCL Art Museum) is a live installation comprising eight performers with objects. The script, written in collaboration with UCL Art Museum visitors in response to prints by Giovanni Piranesi held in the museum collection, addresses some ongoing themes in the artist’s work: repetition as a perceived source of learning, but also a tool for abstraction, (mis)communication and (mis)interpretation in contemporary urban fabric, and references to backstage workings of theatre and cinema in comparison with the work of our own bodies. More...

Published: Jun 12, 2014 7:39:14 PM

London Liming

London Liming

London Liming offers a Caribbean carnival sensibility and is inspired by the Trinidadian tradition of liming. Come and hang out in the South Cloisters, socialise and experience the best in spoken word, fused with music & performance. The show will present poetry, prose and commentary from Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry Award recipient JOHN AGARD, comedian PRINCE ABDI, novelist NICK BARLAY, poets TIM CLARE and BRIDGET MINAMORE, rising star SOPHIE ROBINSKI, music and speech by MELANIE ABRAHAMS and JAMES INGHAM, and Brazilian, Soca, Reggae and summer party tunes by DJ: JAMIE RENTON. More...

Published: Jun 10, 2014 4:40:00 PM

Helena Hunter

Showing Seeing

      A screening of Showing Seeing a new short film work by Helena Hunter, followed by a discussion with poet and writer Saradha Soobrayen. The film is set in an optical museum and a museum of theatre and performance. The settings present a framing device for a personal narrative that negotiates the visual acts of remembering and forgetting. As the camera contemplates theatrical objects and optical artifacts a voice recounts experiences relating to looking, training, and performance. More...

Published: Jun 8, 2014 12:07:57 PM

Metropolis Transformed

Metropolis Transformed: King's Cross

Joe Kerr, Anne Howeson and Matthew Beaumont discuss the King's Cross Project. Anne's work will offer a route into this fascinating urban redevelopment: More...

Published: May 26, 2014 8:16:00 PM



For something a little different: this year members of the English department will be giving a number of short "in-a-nutshell" pop-up seminars on writers or writing they love, which relates to London and literature.

Published: May 23, 2014 4:47:07 PM

George Orwell and London

George Orwell and London

D.J. Taylor, novelist and author of Orwell: The Life, which won the Whitbread Biography Prize in 2003, talks with Dr Michael Sayeau (UCL English) about Orwell and his relationship with London. More...

Published: May 22, 2014 8:21:13 PM

David Lodge

David Lodge: Jonathan Coe

Two novelists: David Lodge and Jonathan Coe. Two cities: London and Birmingham. David Lodge, born in London but resident in Birmingham since 1960; Jonathan Coe, born in Birmingham but resident in London. Two of Britain's most highly-acclaimed authors will read excerpts of their work and discuss the role of each city in their lives. Followed by a Q&A. More...

Published: May 22, 2014 8:15:31 PM

John Agard

John Agard

Experience perfectly pitched speech, rousing oratory, and performance from acclaimed poet John Agard, who explores the joy and thrill of London and words through a range of famous and not-so-famous characters, who have made London their home or place of work and play. The lecture is followed by Q&A with John Agard and a book signing.  More...

Published: May 22, 2014 8:07:07 PM

Harper's Bazaar

Kazuo Ishiguro

An evening with Kazuo Ishiguro, author of The Remains of the Day (1989), winner of the Man Booker Prize, and Never Let Me Go (2005). Ishiguro will be in conversation with John Mullan (UCL) about, amongst other things, why not to set a novel in London. More...

Published: Nov 9, 2012 4:40:08 PM

Tim Clare

Is It Something I Said?

Our outstanding panelists explore the power of straight talking, scurrilous words, and saying the unsayable.  In part, a tribute to the searing wordplay of Richard Pryor and Bill Hicks and in part a spoken word experiment. The event is in association with Tilt, and is curated by Melanie Abrahams. More...

Published: Nov 9, 2012 4:40:08 PM