Autumn Schedule: London Insights
As summer ends I’ll shortly be heading home and spending some time with something I need to catch up on: London. There are a few experiences in the city that I haven’t tried for a while, so I’ll be visiting institutions, tourist attractions and secret places to see what London in the Phoney War of Post-Brexit 2016 is really like…
When you live in the middle of a tourist city you tend to avoid doing anything that others might travel thousands of miles to visit. For example, I’ve never seen the Trooping of the Colour, and haven’t been to the Lord Mayor’s Show since I was seven, so they’re on the list. But I’ll also be exploring less obvious institutions, lesser known museums, private buildings and public events to see how they match up to other cities, and talking to new friends around the capital
I’ll be looking at London with an outsider’s eye but an insider’s knowledge, and finding out whether the British really know what’s going on in their own capital city.
On October 15th I’ll be in conversation with Guy Fraser-Sampson for ‘Archway With Words’ here.
On October 27th I’ll be at the Authors’ Club, a wonderful society founded in 1891 as a place where writers could meet and talk. Past members included Oscar Wilde, Thomas Hardy, Arthur Conan Doyle, JM Barrie, Jerome K Jerome, Ford Madox Ford, HG Wells, Thornton Wilder and Graham Greene, while guest speakers included Emile Zola, Mark Twain, Rudyard Kipling, Winston Churchill, Bram Stoker, TS Eliot and Clement Attlee. We’ll be in the illustrious National Liberal Club where I’ll be discussing ghost stories with Suzi Feay.
On October 20th, ‘Bryant & May: London’s Glory’ is published in paperback in the UK, and I’ll be signing around town. Watch this space for other upcoming events.