One Day in the City: 15 June 2012

Celebrating London and Literature

Celebrate London's Cultural and Literary History with UCL English
One Day in the City 2012
One Day in the City 2012
One Day in the City 2012
One Day in the City 2012

One Day in the City is not a literary festival: it is a celebration of London and literature.

On 13 June 2014 UCL's English department (Ranked #1 in UK for the 3rd year running) invites you to Gower Street to take your pick from an exciting range of theatrical walks, talks, readings, art exhibits and London-based conversations. Everyone is welcome. Just follow the yellow balloons.

  •     Book yourself a metaphysical tour.
  •     Attend a public lecture given by leading London novelists. Our inaugural day in 2012 boasted A.S. Byatt, Alan Hollinghurst, Will Self and Iain Sinclair. This year's line-up is set to be equally as exciting.
  •     Sit in on an intimate seminar where Members of UCL English Department team up with authors, poets and public figures to offer in-a-nutshell talks on a range of topics related to London and literature.
  •     Gaze at Slade artwork as you wander amongst the yellow balloons.
  •     Listen to impromptu readings in the "condition fields" popping up around UCL's Bloomsbury Campus.  

Now, here's a little taste of our inaugural event in 2012.

One Day in the City Videos 2012

Evening Talk

Conceptual City: A Neurological and Literary Journey through Will Self's psychogeography

In this fascinating and unusual panel, chaired by Greg Dart (UCL English), Will Self is shown an MRI of his brain by Hugo Spiers (UCL Neuroscience). The neurological and literary implications of this are then discussed with Sebastian Groes (Roehampton English).  More...


One Day in the City, 2012: Highlights

On 15 June 2012, UCL English Department held their first celebration of London and Literature.  The event, organized in conjunction with the Bartlett, was sponsored by the Man Booker Prize; it was free and open to the public, and attracted a crowd of over 600. Writers participating included A.S. Byatt, Alan Hollinghurst, Will Self, and Iain Sinclair.  More...

Morning Talk

The Man Booker Prize Evening

Dame A.S. Byatt and Alan Hollinghurst in conversation with John Mullan. Both authors read excerpts of their favourite London writing and discuss how the city influences and inspires their writing and their lives. More...