Talks and Events

Essex Book Festival 2019


‘Brightening from the East: Radical Communities on the River Stour'

Date /Time: Sunday, 24 March 2019, 11am

The first of three talks programmed in partnership with the River Stour Festival. Writer and social historian Ken Worpole focuses on ‘back to the land’ and utopian experiments in North-East Essex, including The Adelphi Centre, Frating Hall Farm, the Othona Community and at Ardleigh. Part of Radical ESSEX an anthology accompanying a project re-examining the county in relation to radicalism in thought, lifestyle, politics and architecture.

Information & booking: Tickets £7/£5 
For more information & booking:
Firstsite, Lewis Gardens, Colchester CO1 iJH




The Isle of Dogs: Before the Big Money

Before the big money book coverDate /Time: Wednesday 12 December 2018, 7pm

Photographer Mike Seaborne created a unique documentary record of the community on the Isle of Dogs between 1982 and 1987, now published as a handsome book by Hoxton Mini Press, with an introductory essay by Ken Worpole. Mike will be in conversation with Ken about his work and the long tradition of documentary photography in the East End.

Information & booking: Tickets £5 (includes a glass of wine). More information and booking:
Venue: Broadway Bookshop, 6 Broadway Market, London E8 4QJ




William Bunge Memorial Lecture

Lee Over Sands house

Documentary aesthetics and the human landscape

Date /Time: Wednesday, January 16, 2019 6-8pm

In his ground-breaking work, Fitzgerald (1971), geographer William Bunge went out of his way to praise his publisher Alfred Schenkman's 'understanding of the needs of geographers for maps and photographs and eccentric sizes and formats…(needed) to describe the human landscape as they freely see it.’ In this lecture, Ken Worpole will look at the compelling aesthetic which Fitzgerald shares with other collaborations between writers and photographers, including James Agee and Walker Evans in Let Us Now Praise Famous Men (1941), John Berger and Jean Mohr with A Fortunate Man (1967) and The Seventh Man (1975), and Fay Godwin in Our Forbidden Land (1990).
Information & booking: £10 (£5 concessions) . Further information and advance booking details:
Venue: The Institute of Advanced Studies, University College London, Gower Street, London WC1E 6BT
Organised by Living Maps in partnership with the Urban Lab and Institute of Advanced Studies UCL
[photo: Number 101, Lee-over-Sands, Essex © Jason Orton, from 350 Miles (with Ken Worpole)]

Turbulence: An interdisciplinary enquiry into the work of W.G.Sebald

The Great Tide book coverDate /Time: Thursday, 29 November 2018, 10am - 5pm

This symposium explores the theme of turbulence in the literary work of W.G.Sebald: turbulence of memory, vertiginous sensations of travel, uneven time, and turbulence of emotions. Speakers include poet Stephen Watts, novelist and critic Angharad Price and artist Simon Faithfull. Ken Worpole will present a paper on The Great Tide: Hilda Grieve’s history of the 1953 East Anglian flood.

Information & booking: For booking and other details:
Venue: Institute of Advanced Studies, University College London, Gower Street, London WC1