UCL Grand Challenges


One Day in the City

27 May 2016

This festival of London and Literature was curated by Dr Nick Shepley (English), Professor Iain Borden (Bartlett School of Architecture) and Dr Andrea Fredericksen (UCL Art Museum) with the support of a Grand Challenge of Sustainable Cities Small Grant.

The event and the exhibitions juxtaposed and interconnected research from The Bartlett, Birkbeck, Central St Martins; the Slade; CASA (UCL Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis), UCL Centre for Digital Humanities, UCL Department of English, UCL City Centre, UCL Urban Laboratory, UCL Department of Geography and UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies.

The event identified areas of shared interest and was the starting point for a number of collaborative partnerships: with the charity First Story, the Man Booker Prize, UCL English Department's City Centre, and UCL's Urban Laboratory. The festival has now become the UCL English department's bi-annual celebration of London and Literature. One Day in the City has become a regular event in the UCL calendar and over the years has attracted a number of prominent authors to discuss the city, including Will Self, Alan Hollinghurst, A.S. Byatt, India Knight and Kazuo Ishiguro.