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June 15

Tracey Thorn: A Teenager in Suburbia

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Festival marquee on the lawns, Naval College Gardens
Old Royal Naval College, Greenwich, London SE10 9LS United Kingdom
June 15, 2019
6:30 pm - 7:30 pm


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Tracey Thorn: A Teenager in Suburbia


Greenwich Book Festival is delighted to welcome back author and singer-songwriter Tracey Thorn. In a 1970s commuter town, and long before she found stardom in Everything But The Girl, Tracey Thorn’s teenage life was forged from what failed to happen. Her diaries were packed with entries about not buying things, not going to the disco, the school coach not arriving.


She was a typical teenager: bored and cynical, despairing of her aspirational parents. Her only comfort came from house parties, Meaningful Conversations, and the female pop icons who hinted at a new kind of living.


In her memoir “Another Planet: A Teenager in Suburbia,” Tracey Thorn takes us back to Brookmans Park, scene of her childhood, beyond the bus shelters and pub car parks, the utopian cul-de-sacs, the train to Potters Bar and the weekly discos, to the parents who wanted so much for their children, the children who wanted none of it. Written with her trademark wit and honesty, she reconsiders the greenbelt post-war dream so many artists have mocked, and from which so many artists have come.


Tracey will be in conversation with author and journalist Hannah Beckerman.


Age: 16+


We have got your Saturday evening planned for you with two fantastic events: Tracey Thorn at 6.30pm followed by Billy Bragg at 8pm. A special discounted ticket to attend both events is available, buy one get one half price. Check the EventBrite listings for “Saturday Night Offer”.

This event will be held in our festival marquee near the box office on the lawns of the Old Royal Naval College. The session will finish with an opportunity to have books signed. The University of Greenwich Student Union bar (The Lower Deck, Dreadnought Building) is in the building opposite the marquee and will be open throughout the evening for Greenwich Book Festival guests.



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