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Voices of Radical London
Fri 10 June 2016, 14:00 – 20:30 BST
When: 10th June 2016 from 14.00 – 20.30
Where: Meeting outside the Savoy Hotel on Strand at 13:45 for the walking tour of Blake's London and Bunhill Fields, and 33 Finsbury Square, EC2A 1AG from 17.15 for poetry readings, talks and a panel discussion with Iain Sinclair (see schedule below).
Confirmed speakers: Iain Sinclair, Niall McDevitt, Lauren Elkin, Robert Montgomery and Emily Berry
Located on City Road, London EC1Y, Bunhill Fields is one of only ten parks in the capital to attain the status of a Grade I listed park and garden. As well as fulfilling a critical need for green space in an area of the city that is highly polluted and extremely congested, Bunhill Fields is also linked to a rich history of non-conformism, and is the final resting place of William Blake, John Bunyan, and Daniel Defoe.
Despite its great cultural and historical legacy, and in spite of opposition from Islington Council, Boris Johnson has recently approved plans for a massive development which will see two 11- and 10-storey office blocks and two 5-storey office blocks going up around the north-east corner of the cemetery. The development will significantly alter the character and atmosphere of the burial ground.
Voices of Radical London aims to bring together academics, students, alumni, and the greater community to raise awareness around, and invite discussion on important questions pertaining to cultural heritage, urban development, and the future of the capital, and to think about the dissenting roles literature and art play when intervening in these debates.
Join us for an afternoon of literary walking, poetry readings, talks, and lively debate!
If you are unable to attend the entire event, you are welcome to join in at any point throughout the afternoon and evening. Free entry, but places are limited so please register to avoid disappointment.
N.b. from the Savoy Hotel on Strand we will be catching a bus to Bunhill Fields where the tour will conclude. The rest of the event will take place at the University of Liverpool’s Finsbury Square Campus, a short walk from Bunhill Fields.
14.00-16.00 – Walking tour of Blake’s London led by Niall McDevitt. (Beginning outside the Savoy Hotel on the Strand)
16.15-17.00 – Poetry reading in Bunhill Fields with Niall McDevitt and Robert Montgomery.
17.00-17.15 – Break
17.15-18.15 – Alex Broadhead, ‘The gutless murderer, one Mr Bill Blake, also shot to death Mrs Thel Russell’: William Blake’s posthumous adventures in fiction and film
18.15-18.30 – Break
18.30-18.45 - Poetry reading with Emily Berry
18.45-19.45 – Panel discussion with Iain Sinclair, Lauren Elkin and Robert Montgomery.
19.45-20.30 – Wine and nibbles.
For any queries please contact Dr Emma Hayward (event organiser) at email@example.com