Celebrating London and Literature
One Day in the City: A Celebration of London and Literature
27 May, 2016 - Put the date in your diary. One Day in the City is back for its bi-annual appearance and 2016 will undoubtedly prove to be its most impressive incarnation yet.
There's so much going on behind-the-scenes:
- immersive sound installations
- dramatic performances of short fiction
- in-a-nutshells from writers and researchers
- experimental fiction forums
- state-of-the-nation novel debates
- music and poetry
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Here's what happened on 13 June 2014: UCL's English department invited you to Gower Street to take your pick from an exciting range of theatrical walks, talks, readings, art exhibits and London-based conversations. Everyone was welcome and a great crowd ensued, weaving their way through the yellow balloons on UCL's Gower Street campus (WC1E 6BT).
See below for a video of some of the highlights, and click here for another taste of the London Liming.
This year's line-up included:
- A keynote address by John Agard, highly-acclaimed playwright and poet and recipient of Queen's Gold Medal for Poetry, entitled: "London, literature and hidden voices".
- 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 was in conversation with John Mullan (UCL) about, amongst other things, why not to set a novel in London.
- A high-octane debate about scurrilous or taboo language, with Will Self (novelist) and Tim Clare (poet) and Professor John Sutherland.
- A number of intimate seminars where members of UCL English Department and authors offered in-a-nutshell talks on a range of topics related to London and literature.
- London Liming "mash(es) up Caribbean carnival sensibilities with dance music and poetry readings".
- Slade artwork in UCL Art Museum and amongst the yellow balloons across the campus; a walk in the fictional woods.
- Impromptu readings in the "condition fields" popping up around UCL's Bloomsbury Campus. All part of the SWIMMERS installation.
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...
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...
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...
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.
Saradha is a poet and writer who lives and works in London. Several anthologies have featured Soobrayen’s poems, including Oxford Poets Anthology, Poetry Review and The Forward Book of Poetry. She was named by The Guardian as one of 'Twelve to Watch' up and coming new generation of poets. Soobrayen won an Eric Gregory Award for her poetry and has served as editor for Chroma, reviews editor for Modern Poetry in Translation, and is on the advisory board of the literary journal Conclave. Saradha was the poet representing Mauritius as part of the Southbank Center Poetry Parnassus Festival. More...
Anthony Anaxagorou is an acclaimed poet, writer and educator. He has published 8 collections of poetry and is currently preparing for the release of his first collection of short stories that will be out later this year through Jacaranda Books. He teaches poetry and creative writing in schools across London. He gives lectures on creativity and how poetry can be used as a means to tackle mental health issues. In 2012 he set up one of London's leading poetry nights Out-Spoken. His work has been studied in universities in the US the UK and Australia as well as being translated into Spanish, Japanese and French. More...
French born artist Lea Collet (1989) is currently completing an MA Fine Art Media at Slade School of Art. She graduated in 2013 from Camberwell College of Art. Primarily working with performance, video and installation she is exploring the implications of the aesthetics of ‘mise-en-scene’, which have become dominant paradigms of our social relations, public and private. By deconstructing the spectacle as an exercise, the roles of the artist and public are challenged. Shifting back and forth between participation and observation, encouraging a dialogue between public and exhibition space, between artists/performers and audience, between art as object and art as action. More...
Kazuo Ishiguro was born in Nagasaki, Japan, in 1954 and came to Britain at the age of five. He is the author of six novels: A Pale View of Hills (1982, Winifred Holtby Prize), An Artist of the Floating World (1986, Whitbread Book of the Year Award, Premio Scanno, shortlisted for the Booker Prize), The Remains of the Day (1989, winner of the Booker Prize), The Unconsoled (1995, winner of the Cheltenham Prize), When We Were Orphans (2000, shortlisted for the Booker Prize) and Never Let Me Go (2005, Corine Internationaler Buchpreis, Serono Literary Prize, Casino de Santiago European Novel Award, shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize). Nocturnes (2009) was awarded the Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa International Literary Prize. More...
India Knight is the author of three novels: My Life on a Plate, Don't You Want Me and Comfort and Joy. Her non-fiction books include The Shops, the bestselling diet book Neris and India's Idiot-Proof Diet, the accompanying bestselling cookbook Neris and India's Idiot-Proof Diet Cookbook and The Thrift Book. India is a columnist for the Sunday Times and lives in London with her three children. In Your Prime: How to Age will be published by Penguin in September. More...