Talks and Events


Gillian Darley in conversation with Ken Worpole

Excellent Essex book coverDate /Time: Wednesday 25 September 2019 at 7pm

Gillian Darley will be appearing at Broadway Bookshop on Wednesday 25 September at 7pm to read from and talk about her new book Excellent Essex: In Praise of England's Most Misunderstood County (described by Jonathan Meades as an 'energetic, dense, quasi-omniscient piece of work...'). She will be joined in conversation by Ken Worpole, whose own close relationship with Essex has found expression in books such as The New English Landscape and 350 Miles: An Essex Journey.

Information & booking: Tickets £5 (includes a drink). For booking please email:
Venue: Broadway Bookshop, 6 Broadway Market, London E8 4QJ

Flipside Festival

The Great Flood: Edward Platt & Ken Worpole

High water mark plaqueDate /Time: Saturday, 16 November 2019, 11.45 - 12.30

Suffolk is no stranger to the challenge of the tides: its coastline is one of the most susceptible to erosion in the UK, and was hit as hard as anywhere by the catastrophic 1953 inundation. In the always acute Edward Platt's incisive new book,The Great Flood, the award-winning investigative writer of Leadville takes as his point of departure the record-breaking waters of 2013-14. Travelling the country, and with a significant focus on the eastern regions, he brings a textured and layered response to the realities we will increasingly be facing. He is joined by writer and social historian Ken Worpole, who has written extensively on the East Anglian coastal landscape and on the 1953 disaster.

Information & booking: Free event
Henham Barns, Nr Southwold, Suffiolk NR34 8AQ

An Open City Discussion

Are privately owned public spaces the future of London's 'public' realm?

Date /Time: Wednesday, 2 October 2019, 6.30-8.30pmClissold park sunny picnics

This event is organised by Open City in its series of City-Making sessions, and will be hosted by Margaret Howell. Rory Olcayto, Open City's Director, brings together Sarah Gaventa, founder of Made Public, and writer and social historian, Ken Worpole, to discuss the growth of well-funded POPS (Privately Owned Public Spaces) which are becoming the hallmark of new development areas in London. While possessing many of the ingredients of historic public spaces, do they lack democratic accountability? Please join the debate.

Information & booking: book free tickets at
Venue: Margaret Howell, 34 Wigmore Street, London, W1U 2RS

Literary London Annual Conference

So We Live: the novels of Alexander BaronThere's no home bookcover

Date /Time: 12 July 2019, 4pm

The theme of this year’s conference is ‘Neighbours of Ours: Cities, Communities, Networks’, and novelist Anthony Cartwright, military historian Sean Longden, literary critic Susie Thomas and writer Ken Worpole will be discussing their new book about novelist Alexander Baron, now regarded as perhaps the greatest writer to emerge from the battlegrounds of the Second World War, as well as a devoted chronicler of working class life in east London during the optimistic years of post-war reconstruction.

Information & booking:
Venue:University of Notre Dame (U.S.A.) in England, 1-4 Suffolk Street, London, SW1Y 4HG