Walking Tour - Radical Works, Turbulent Lives: Great Kensington Writers

Walking Tour - Radical Works, Turbulent Lives: Great Kensington Writers

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Inside High Street kensington underground station, shopping mall, after ticket turnstiles.

High Street Kensington underground station

High Street Kensington


W8 5SA

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A tour of historic homes of writers to the north of Kensington High Street who created ground-breaking works and much-loved classics.

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Kensington has a rich bohemian history, with many great writers and artists having been attracted to the area. Richard’s tour includes a number of its historic writers: including those who wrote radical, epoch-making work while in Kensington, as well as works of widely-loved popular fame. He looks into their lives whilst in the area: writers who sometimes scandalized society, but also experienced personal tragedy.

Plotting a course from High Street Kensington up into the area to the north of the High Street, he includes Kenneth Grahame, James Joyce and GK Chesterton. And on the course of the tour, Richard outlines some of the history of its development as it’s such a lovely area of diverse striking eighteenth and nineteenth century buildings, and finds one very direct link between that development and its literary life.

Note: It will not be necessary to have read any of the works which Richard will talk about, and he will not divulge any spoilers for those wishing to follow up on those books.

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