Celebrating London and Literature
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.
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...
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...
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...
2012 Highlights Gallery
View highlights in pictures and video from our 2012 event. View ODC 2012 Now