One Day in the City


Friday 13 June 2014

Darwin Lecture Theatre

Malet Place

Darwin B05

Malet Place

Gustave Tuck LT

Wilkins Building

13.00 – 13:50

“London, Literature and Hidden Voices”: Spoken Word Lecture

John Agard

13:00 - 13:30


Matthew Beaumont:

"London at Night"

13:30 - 14:00
Richard North: Geoffrey Chaucer and the East End


14:00 – 14:50

“George Orwell and London”

D.J. Taylor in conversation with Michael Sayeau

14:15 – 14:45


Jonathan Coe: Henry Fielding

14:00 – 15:00

King's Cross Regeneration: Anne Howeson, Joe Kerr, Matthew Beaumont

15:00 – 16:00

Two Novelists: Two Cities

Jonathan Coe and David Lodge in conversation with Julia Jordan

15:00 - 15:30


Zoe Hawkins: Milton and London

15:30 - 16:00


Greg Dart: Keats and the Suburbs


16:10 – 16:45


Mark Ford: T.S. Eliot in London

16:00 – 17:30

First Story Student Presentations

17:00 – 18:30

Is it Something I Said?: Scurrilous or Taboo Language

Will Self, India Knight, Tim Clare and John Sutherland


19:00 – 20:30

Harper's Bazaar Evening: Kazuo Ishiguro in conversation with John Mullan

WARNING: Due to the popularity of this event, bookings made here are not an absolute guarantee of entry, so to avoid disappointment get there early.


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And check out these non-bookable events...

There will be additional, non-bookable events in the South Cloisters, too: 

     • “A Walk in the Fictional Woods” – look for a travel agents on the day to book your walk;

     • Be creative with massive art;

     • Let John Mullan regale you with stories about “Jane Austen and London” (13:30-14:00) or Matthew Beaumont introduce you to "London at Night" (18:00-18:30);

     • Come to “London Liming”, where carnival meets the spoken word (15:00–16:30);

     • Listen to pop-up, spontaneous readings from poets - Kayo ChignonyiAmy BlakemoreMatthew Gregory - around the campus, as part of the Swimmers installation.

So you are more than welcome to turn up on the day unannounced, and simply get amongst it.