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Linda Grant, In Conversation

  Linda Grant, the Orange Prize-winning novelist on A Stranger City   ‘A Stranger City feels like a very important novel for right now: no politically ponderous diatribe but a witty, accessible and deeply humanising story about people — about us — and the societal shipwreck we’re stuck in.’ Francesca McCoy, Evening Standard   When […]

Joseph O’Connor’s Shadowplay

  Shadowplay: Joseph O’Connor’s atmospheric reimagination of Bram Stoker’s London and Dracula’s creation   “There are few living writers who can take us back in time so assuredly…Joseph O’Connor is a wonder, and Shadowplay is a triumph.” (Peter Carey, twice winner of the Booker Prize)   “Joseph O’Connor is a very great artist and storyteller. The quotient […]

Notting Hill, Notting Dale by Ade Solanke (A Work in Progress)

  Notting Hill, Notting Dale by Ade Solanke (A Work in Progress)   This June marks the 2nd anniversary of the Grenfell fire in Notting Dale, West London, and May saw the 20th anniversary of the film, Notting Hill.  British-Nigerian writer Ade Solanke grew up on Clarendon Road, which linked both the Hill and Dale. ‘Notting Hill, [...]

High Rise Mystery with Sharna Jackson

  High Rise Mystery with Sharna Jackson, introducing London’s smartest young detective duo, for 9+     “If you think finding a body is a fun adventure, you’re 33% right…”   South-East London, the hottest summer on record, and there’s been a murder in the Tri high-rise. With evidence pointing uncomfortably close to home, the […]

Bernardine Evaristo, in conversation with Diana Evans

  Bernardine Evaristo, in conversation with Diana Evans   ‘Bernardine Evaristo can take any story from any time and turn it into something vibrating with life’ Ali Smith ‘One of those writers who should be read by everyone everywhere’ Elif Shafak   The Woolwich-born Bernardine Evaristo is a dynamic figure in British letters, both as […]

Poetry: Jay Bernard and Mary Jean Chan

  Poetry: Introducing Jay Bernard’s Surge and Mary Jean Chan’s Flèche   Jay Bernard is the winner of the Ted Hughes Award for New Work in Poetry 2018. Their powerful debut Surge is one of 2019’s most anticipated releases and a fearlessly original, queer exploration of the Black British archive. It traces a line between […]

Greenwich Nature Walk with Bob Gilbert

  Greenwich Nature Walk with Bob Gilbert author of Ghost Trees and The Green London Way     ‘For most of us, the city is our starting point. If we are to restore any connection with nature at all, it is in the cities that we need to begin.’ Bob Gilbert, Ghost Trees   This […]