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. Produced by award-winning arts producer Penned in the Margins, London Quarterly will feature celebrated novelists, cult poets and rising stars of the […]
London Quarterly is coming to 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 will 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 (14 April) 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 idea 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.
#2 – Tuesday 16 June, 7pm
Helen MacDonald + Rachel Lichtenstein + May-Lan Tan + Tim Clare
#3 – Tuesday 15 September, 7pm
Luke Kennard + Kei Miller + Antosh Wojcik + Eley Williams
#4 – Tuesday 17 November, 7pm
Michael Symmons Roberts + Joe Dunthorne + Inua Ellams + Lucy Ribchester
3-7 Delancey Street
London NW1 7NL
020 7383 7808
Nearest tube: Camden Town, Mornington Crescent
Books will be available courtesy of Waterstones Camden.
Tickets: £8 advance from the venue website or £10 on the door. Book early. Limited availability. The first instalment is on sale now.
Penned in the Margins creates publications and performances for people who are not afraid to take risks. They believe in the power of language to challenge how we think, test new ideas and explore alternative stories. They operate across the arts, collaborating with writers, artists and creative partners using new platforms and technologies. Recent projects include Mount London: Ascents in the Vertical City, Electronic Voice Phenomena, Caroline Bergvall: Drift and The Shipwrecked House.
The Forge is an award-winning venue in Camden Town, home to London’s most diverse musical talent. Its amazingly flexible building is reflected in the great breadth of the programme, which ranges from high-class concerts mid-week to pulsating live music club nights at the weekend. The building has been designed where possible with environmental issues in mind and includes features such as solar panels and natural ventilation systems.