Talks and Events

Stoke Newington Literary Festival 2018

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Ground Work: Writings on Places & People
Date /Time:
Sunday, 3 June 12 noon

One of this year’s most talked about books, Ground Work: Writings on Places and People, is a magical collection of essays on love of place. Edited by BBC Radio producer, writer and naturalist, Tim Dee, will be joined for this event by two contributors to the collection - acclaimed novelist Tessa Hadley, and writer and social historian Ken Worpole - to discuss which places haunt their imaginations - and why. Ken Worpole will be talking about living next to Clissold Park for 50 years - his favourite place.

Information & booking: Tickets £5. Further information and booking:
Venue: The Mortuary Chapel, Abney Park Cemetery, London N16

2018 Garden Museum Literary Festival

bike shrineDate /Time: Saturday 7 July & Sunday 8 July 2018

London’s Floral Shrines
This annual weekend festival is now a major event in London’s literary calendar. Speakers this year include Bee Wilson, Allan Jenkins, Will Ashton, Sofka Zinovieff, Tiffany Francis and many others. Ken will be speaking on the history of floral shrines in London, from First World War grottoes to today’s white bicycles, commemorative trees and roadside memorials.

Information & booking: For booking and other details:
Venue: Garden Museum, 5 Lambeth Palace Road, London SE1 7LB

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Date /Time: Tuesday 19th June 2018, 7.30pm

Artistic Awakenings in Hackney; the story of Centerprise and Space Studios
As part of a week-long series of events on Hackney’s history, Anna Harding and Ken Worpole trace the renewal of Hackney’s cultural life from 1970. This was the year that Centerprise was launched in Dalston: bookshop, community centre; and hub of community networking. The following year, SPACE opened their first artists’ studios at Martello Street Hackney. Both were part of a radical and flourishing arts scene which exploded in the early 1970s and which continues to this day.
Organised by Hackney Historic Buildings Trust

Information & booking:
Free - but please book at:
St Augustine's Tower, Mare Street, London E8 1HR

Ground Work
Writings on Places and People

An evening with Tim Dee, Marina Warner & Ken Worpole
Date /Time:
Tuesday, 6 March 2018, 7pm

This collection of essays draws on the ideas and ideals of Common Ground and the concept of local distinctiveness, from more than 30 writers including Hugh Brody, Tessa Hadley, Alexandra Harris, Richard Mabey, Patrick McGuinness & Marina Warner. Many are personal accounts of a rural childhood, or of places in the British landscape that exert a particular hold on the writer’s emotional life.

Join editor Tim Dee, writers Marina Warner and Ken Worpole to explore what place means today, and why it seems to be gaining increasing importance in modern politics.
Information & booking:
Booking essential:
Venue: London Review Bookshop, 14 Bury Place, London WC1A 2JL