One Day in the City: 15 June 2012
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Saradha Soobrayen

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Helena Hunter

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.

Anthony Anaxagorou

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Anthony Anaxagorou

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.

Lea Collet

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Lea Collet

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.

Kazuo Ishiguro

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Kazuo Ishiguro

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. 

India Knight

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India Knight

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.

John Agard

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John Agard

John Agard is an award-winning Guyanese poet, playwright, and a writer of children's books who in 2013 was a recipient of the Queen's Gold Medal for Poetry.  He has won numerous awards including the Paul Hamlyn Award for Poetry and the Casas and his poems have been featured in the English GCSE anthology since 2002. A former Writer-in-Residence at the South Bank Centre and a BBC Poet-in-Residence, he tours around the world to give readings and talks.  He has published over thirty works of poetry, prose and anthologies including We Brits, Alternative Anthem, Goldilocks on CCTV, Einstein the Girl That Hated Maths and, in 2013, the poetry collection, Travel Light Travel Dark.

Jonathan Coe

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Jonathan Coe

Jonathan Coe is the author of ten novels, including What A Carve Up!, The Rotters’ Club and most recently Expo 58. His biography of BS Johnson, Like a Fiery Elephant, won the 2005 Samuel Johnson Prize for non-fiction. He was born and grew up in Birmingham, but has lived in London for most of his adult life.

Will Self

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Will Self

Will Self is the author of 22 books (15 fiction, 7 non-fiction), and his work been translated into 22 languages. A prolific journalist and regular broadcaster, he's also the Professor of Contemporary Thought at Brunel University. His latest novel 'Shark' (the sequel to his 2012 Booker shortlisted 'Umbrella') will be published by Viking in September. He lives in South London.

Catherine Hamilton

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Catherine Hamilton

Catherine Hamilton was born in London in 1991. She has recently finished her degree in English Literature at UCL. She is the director of Swimmers, a film and poetry series of talks, screenings and readings in Bloomsbury. She has also been working for over a year with the group of artists and architects Store (s-t-o-r-e.org). She is currently editing a Swimmers publication which will include eight poets who have read for the series and extracts of London literature chosen by writers and filmmakers - Will Self, Jonathan Raban and Matthew Beaumont among others. The publication will be available at One Day in the City and at the publication's launch at a Swimmer's event on 14th of June.  https://www.facebook.com/filmandpoetry

David Lodge

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David Lodge

David Lodge is a novelist, critic, and Emeritus Professor of English Literature at the University of Birmingham,  where he taught from 1960 to 1987 before becoming a fulltime writer. His novels include Changing Places, Small World, Nice Work, Thinks... and most recently A Man of Parts, a biographical novel about H.G.Wells. 

Anne Howeson

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Anne Howeson

Anne Howeson is an award-winning artist (the Jerwood Drawing Prize 2000), and lecturer at the Royal College of Art. She works on self-initiated drawing projects, including a solo exhibition ‘Remember Me’, on the regeneration of King’s Cross, at the Guardian Newspaper October 2009. Her current project, ‘The Present in the Past’ responds to prints from London print archives by appropriating digital fragments from source material, reworking and transforming them in scale and content to evoke a sense of passing time. She was a selected artist of Time Out critic Ossian Ward in the 2011 Discerning Eye Mall Gallery exhibition and her work is included in the collection of the Museum of London.

Julia Jordan

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Julia Jordan

Julia Jordan is a lecturer in post-1945 English literature at UCL, and the author of Chance and the Modern British Novel (2010). She has published widely in the field of post-war literature, and is particularly interested in the experimental British and American novel of the 1960s and ’70s. She is currently working on a book about accidents in contemporary literature.

Sophie Robinski

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Sophie Robinski

Sophie is a poet and a performer from London. She has performed in venues and festivals all around the U.K., such as The Royal Festival Hall and Green Man Festival, been published in websites and magazines, and is a member of The Roundhouse Poetry Collective, and Burn After Reading Poetry Collective.

Matthew Beaumont

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Matthew Beaumont

Matthew Beaumont is completing Nightwalking: A History of Nocturnal London, due to be published in April 2015. He teaches in the English Department at UCL, and is a co-director of UCL’s Urban Lab.

John Mullan

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John Mullan

John Mullan is Professor of English at University College London. He has published widely on eighteenth-century literature. He is the author of How Novels Work (OUP, 2006), a guide to contemporary fiction for the general reader, and Anonymity. A Secret History of English Literature (Faber and Faber, 2007), an exploration of the literary uses of anonymity and pseudonymity. He is a broadcaster and journalist, and writes a column on contemporary novels for the Guardian, whose monthly Book Club interviews with leading authors he conducts. In 2009 he was one of the judges for the Man Booker Prize. His most recent book is What Matters in Jane Austen? (Bloomsbury, 2012).

Prince Abdi

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Prince Abdi

Prince Abdi is a London stand-up comedian with roots in Somalia – a heritage he has turned into a genuinely original and refreshing voice. Considered to be one of the most versatile comedians in England, he has appeared on Comedy Central, BBC TV and Radio and ITV.

Jamie Renton

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Jamie Renton

Jamie Renton is a London-based globalbeat DJ, promoter and journalist. As a DJ he has played at the Glastonbury Festival, Dingwalls, The Roundhouse, Cargo, Big Chill Bar, Guanabara, 93 Feet East, Notting Hill Arts Club, The Albany and the Musicport Festival, alongside the likes of Felix Buxton (Basement Jaxx), Bobby Friction, Jerry Dammers, Gaz Mayall, Charlie Gillett, Verity Sharp and Ross Allen, as well as regularly hosting stages at Celebrating Sanctuary and the Thames Festival. 

Matthew Gregory

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Matthew Gregory

Matthew Gregory was born in 1984. He received an Eric Gregory award in 2010, with poems previously appearing in the LRB, Poetry Review, Poetry London and on BBC Radio.

Anna Brownsted

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Anna Brownsted

Anna Brownsted designs and directs immersive theatrical experiences.  Her company, Unclaimed Creatures (www.unclaimedcreatures.org), has produced work at the Roundhouse, the Old Vic Tunnels, Battersea Arts Centre, UCL, the British Museum, and for the Forest Fringe Travelling Sounds Library.  Anna trained at Royal Central School of Speech and Drama.  Her post-graduate research considers audience-of-one performance structures that ‘produce’ the participant as a protagonist.

Nick Barlay

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Nick Barlay

Nick Barlay is a writer of fiction and non-fiction, whose first novels, Curvy Lovebox, Crumple Zone and Hooky Gear formed a loose trilogy of urban tales mapping out the underbelly of contemporary London, and gained a nomination for Granta’s ‘Best of Young British Novelists’ 2003. His fourth novel La Femme d’un Homme Qui was published in 2011 and his non-fiction book Scattered Ghosts, the story of his Hungarian Jewish family over 200 years through war, Holocaust, and Revolution, was published last year.

Amy Blakemore

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Amy Blakemore

Amy Blakemore was born in Deptford, London in 1991. She started writing poetry at the age of fifteen, primarily out of spite. She was named a Foyle Young Poet of the Year twice, in 2006 and 2007. She read English Language & Literature at St Edmund Hall, Oxford.

Helena Hunter

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Helena Hunter

Helena Hunter is an artist based in London. Her work spans live performance, writing and the moving image. She has exhibited nationally and internationally including screenings and performances at The Barbican Art Gallery (London), Jerome Zodo Contemporary (Milan), Manchester Art Gallery, and festivals including: Instantantee (Rome), City of Women (Ljubljana) and Fem (Girona). She was shortlisted for The Arts Foundation Award in 2011 and the UKYA British Art Showcase in 2010. Most recently she has presented solo and collaborative projects at: Art13 Art Fair, Ceri Hand Gallery, Flat Time House and UCL Art Museum. 

Olga Koroleva

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Olga Koroleva

Olga Koroleva (b.1987, Russia) is a London-based artist and filmmaker working primarily in writing, moving and still image, and directing live performance. She is currently studying at the Slade School of Fine Art towards an MA in Fine Art Media having previously completed a BA (Hons) in Fine Art: Time Based Media at Wimbledon College of Art (2007-2010) receiving the Landmark Art Prize, and a Foundation in Media at Chelsea College of Art and Design (2006-2007). She has recently received funding from Grants for the Arts with POST Artists for their group project Canalology, and presented work at The Roundhouse and The Showroom, both resulting in a publication. Recent showings include Art Licks Weekend, Studio 180, Lambeth and Lates: Tottenham Takeover at the V&A, London. She is currently working on a live piece for One Day in the CIty Festival at the UCL - a new work commission in conjunction with the UCL Art Museum exhibition Second Person Looking Out. www.olgakoroleva.com

James Ingham

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James Ingham

James Ingham is a singer, songwriter and composer who was a long-time collaborator with, and friend of, the Palm-Wine music legend S.E. Rogie.  He was for many years the host of BB Blues club in south London. He has performed and written songs and compositions for a range of venues and festivals, including Bestival, The Tabernacle and The 100 Club.

Melanie Abrahams

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Melanie Abrahams

Melanie Abrahams is a literature curator of Jamaican and Trinidadian parentage, who has channeled a love of literature and the arts into projects and escapades including festivals, spoken word and literature shows and tours, lecturing, public speaking, and curatorships with the Bluecoat, Southbank Centre and the British Council.

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