University of Greenwich
Queen Anne Court, Room 180
Old Royal Naval College, Park Row
Galley Beggar Presents: London’s Great Forest: Xan Brooks and Will Ashon on the strange labyrinths of Epping Forest and how it has inspired them
Xan Brooks’s debut novel, The Clocks in This House All Tell Different Times, casts Epping Forest as a hide-out for disfigured soldiers from the First World War, a secret sheltered spot where terrible crimes are committed. In Will Ashon’s book Strange Labyrinth: Outlaws, Poets, Mystics, Murderers and a Coward in London’s Great Forest, he describes the two years he spent wandering in Epping’s dark woods, and the stories of the extraordinary real-world inhabitants that, over the centuries, it has harboured. Join the two authors to discuss the history, mystique and psychogeography of Epping Forest, those 6000 acres on the outskirts of London where the modern world falls away and the city turns wild.
Xan Brooks is an award-winning editor and broadcaster. He spent his youth as part of the founding editorial team of The Big Issue and his respectable middle period as an associate editor at The Guardian, specialising in film. The Clocks In This House All Tell Different Times, Xan’s debut novel, was listed in the Observer as one of their most anticipated titles for 2017.
Will Ashon has been described by John Day in the London Review of Books as “an anarchic Green Man; a puckish punk of the forests and here he has invented a new genre: Gonzo Romanticism”.
Richard Lee is a writer for the Guardian’s Books pages.
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The Greenwich Book Festival are offering concessions for Greenwich Card holders, Thames Clipper ticket-holders (valid that day), University of Greenwich staff, OAPs & students. Proof of concession will be checked on the door of the event so please ensure you bring your card/ID for verification.
The University of Greenwich reserves the right to cancel a ticket at any time should the author withdraw from appearing. Such an occurance would be out of the University's control and tickets will be fully refunded. Where possible, attendees would be notified in advance by e-mail should a presentation be cancelled.
The third Greenwich Book Festival, hosted by the University of Greenwich and with the support of the Royal Borough of Greenwich and the Old Royal Naval College, will take place in the beautiful buildings and grounds of the Old Royal Naval College, Greenwich, from 26 – 27 May 2017.