An exciting new literary salon arrives in the capital in 2015, offering Londoners the opportunity to hear their favourite writers and be part of a growing trend in book readings with a difference. London Quarterly features celebrated novelists, cult poets and rising stars of the spoken word scene in four beautifully curated evenings.
London Quarterly is held at Camden Town music venue The Forge, known for its gorgeous acoustic and a ‘living wall’ of plants designed by Katharine Bradburn. Each event introduces four authors, who read from their work and give audiences a chance to quiz them on their writing practice and subject matter: from hawks to London history, from outcasts to edgelands.
The first instalment is headlined by legendary poet, novelist and filmmaker Iain Sinclair, who is joined by experimental writer and artist Heather Phillipson, poet Chimene Suleyman and author of London’s Lost Rivers and The Vanished City Tom Bolton.
Organiser Tom Chivers compares London Quarterly to “a live version of your favourite literary journal” and promises the series will bring a mix of fresh, contemporary writing together with “the time-honoured pleasure of listening to someone read stories and poems for you”. Writers confirmed for the rest of the year include Helen MacDonald, whose memoir H is for Hawk won the Samuel Johnson prize, Forward Prize-winning poet Kei Miller, and author of the bestselling novel Submarine Joe Dunthorne.