One Day in the City

Celebrating London and Literature

Celebrate London's Cultural and Literary History with UCL English
John Agard
One Day in the City 2014
One Day in the City 2012

One Day in the City: A Celebration of London and Literature

27 May, 2016

One Day in the City is UCL English department’s bi-annual celebration of London and Literature. Come and listen to, question, and rub shoulders with some of the greatest living poets, novelists, and writers in London, in a high-octane conclusion to the UCL Festival of Culture: 23rd – 27th May.

Everyone is welcome. Book early!

In 2012 and 2014, we were lucky enough to boast line-ups with John Agard, A.S. Byatt, Alan Hollinghurst, Kazuo Ishiguro, David Lodge, Daljit Nagra, Will Self, Iain Sinclair, and Adam Thirlwell.

This year, for those brave enough, there will be an immersive swing installation; readings of, riffs on, and performances of T.S. Eliot’s The Waste Land; as well as dramatic interventions, book signings, and refreshments.

As always, it’s completely free and we have another incredible line-up:

  • Jonathan Coe and John Lanchester will discuss comic fiction and the state-of-the-nation novel -1 pm UCL
  • Nick Makoha discusses his short film about the ‘Black Metic Experience’ with KAYO CHINGONYI - 2 pm UCL
  • Mary-Kay Wilmers (LRB), Ben Eastham (White Review), and Andrew O’Hagan (LRB) will chat about long-form essays and the digital age - 3 pm UCL
  • Mark Ford hosts award-winning poets Peter Gizzi and Sarah Howe - 5 pm UCL
  • FIRST STORY are holding their National Writing Competition Awards - All Day
  • Malika Booker, Helen Mort, and Andrew O'Hagan speak about writing from memory - 6 pm UCL
  • Tom McCarthy broaches Space, Data, and the Death Drive - 8 pm House of St Barnabas, 1 Greek Street, Soho (Bookings for this event will open on 19th May)

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).

Video of some of the highlights