Literary London Reading Group

West Indians in London: Sam Sevlon’s The Lonely Londoners

Please note: this seminar takes place at the University of Tuebingen, Germany, on Thursday, 19 October 2017. First published in 1956, Sam Sevlon’s The Lonely Londoners is a multi-thread, beat-style narrative written in … Continue reading

October 20, 2017 · Leave a comment

“All the world lives in Soho, even including some English”: Mapping Immigrant Soho

For the next Literary London Reading Group session, the playwright Jingan Young will introduce: ‘”All the world lives in Soho, even including some English”: Mapping Immigrant Soho’. The session will … Continue reading

October 16, 2017 · Leave a comment

The Boss of Bethnal Green: Building an Empire in the East End

We are delighted to announce the first session of the Literary London Reading Group for 2017/18. Our programme this year begins with a literary look at unscrupulousness and individual greed … Continue reading

September 20, 2017 · Leave a comment

Tom McCarthy’s Remainder (2005) and the Anxiety of Realism

Tom McCarthy’s début novel Remainder, first published in 2005, turns London into a stage of sorts and thus re-enacts — albeit comically, anxiously — Shakespeare’s famous words in As You … Continue reading

June 12, 2017 · Leave a comment

‘Crossings’: Zadie Smith, Urban Space, and Contemporary British Politics

The warm weather is finally here. Before you clock off — by which we mean shift your energies elsewhere — for the summer, though, we do hope you’ll join us … Continue reading

May 26, 2017 · Leave a comment

Confession of a Bromley boy during Section 28. ‘Next Lesson’ by Chris Woodley

Our next meeting will be on Tuesday April 11th 6-7.30pm, Senate House Room 243. Playwright Chris Woodley will introduce his play, Next Lesson, which explores Section 28, the notorious legislation … Continue reading

March 16, 2017 · Leave a comment

‘There’s a man being hanged in London at this moment’: Metropolitan Time in George Gissing’s New Grub Street.

We’re looking forward to welcoming you to our upcoming meeting, which will take place at 6pm-7.30pm on Tuesday March 14th in Senate House, Room 243. We welcome Dr. Helena Goodwyn, … Continue reading

February 16, 2017 · Leave a comment