On Location: Writers, Sounds and Places event
Tue 10 Jul 2012, 18.30 - 20.00
£7.50 / £5 concessions
An intriguing event exploring British locations in words, sound recordings, film and discussion, featuring writers Rachel Lichtenstein, Alice Oswald and Marina Warner, and chaired by Madeleine Bunting.
Presented in association with The Guardian and In The Dark
- Madeleine Bunting is a Guardian columnist and associate editor and produced the Guardian’s recent Open Weekend. She writes on a wide range of subjects including politics, work, Islam, science and ethics, development, women's issues and social change. She is also the author of The Plot: A Biography of an English Acre (2009) and presents a new series of Guardian podcasts on landscape and writing which will be launched at the British Library event.
- Rachel Lichtenstein is an artist, writer, oral historian and curator She is the author of Rodinsky’s Whitechapel (1999), Keeping Pace (2003), A Little Dust Whispered (2004) and the co-author with Iain Sinclair of the highly praised Rodinsky’s Room (1999). On Brick Lane, was published in 2008 and was shortlisted for the Ondaatje Prize: It is the first of a trilogy of books on London streets, recently followed by Diamond Street: The Hidden History of Hatton Garden (Hamish Hamilton 2012) and with a volume Portobello Road to come. Her artwork has been shown at The Whitechapel Gallery, The Tate Modern, The Barbican Art Gallery and The Jerusalem Theatre.
- Alice Oswald is one of the most acclaimed of British poets. Having read classics and trained as a gardener her first collection of poetry, The Thing in the Gap-Stone Stile won a Forward Poetry Prize in 1997. Her second collection, Dart, combined verse and prose, and tells the story of the River Dart in Devon from a variety of perspectives. It won the T. S. Eliot Prize in 2002. Further, equally lauded collections include Woods etc., A Sleepwalk on the Severn, Weeds and Wildflowers, and Memorial.
- Marina Warner is a Professor in the Department of Literature at the University of Essex and the writer of many exceptional studies in cultural history, art, myths, symbols and fairytales - most recently Stranger Magic: Charmed States & the Arabian Nights (2011). She has published two collections of short stories and five novels, including the Booker Prize shortlisted The Lost Father (1988), and is currently working on Inventory of a Life Mislaid, a novel inspired by her father's bookshop in Cairo in the Fifties.