Talks and Events

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




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

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)]

Radical Essex
'We Are Not Afraid of the Future'


Date /Time: Tuesday, 20 November 2018, 7-9pm

Just published by Focal Point Gallery, Radical Essex explores the dynamic relationship between London’s East End and radical experiments in living, whether in rural enclaves or on the desolate marshes. This is a story of socialist and anarchist land colonies, Christian and Tolstoyan retreats, and the county as the home of modernist architecture in Britain and model industrial communities. Two of the book’s authors, Gillian Darley & Ken Worpole, discuss the many utopian experiments in living to be re-discovered in the county’s radical history.

Information & booking: £4 including a glass of wine.  
Book at:
Pages Bookshop, 70 Lower Clapton Road, London E5 0RN