A free one-day festival dedicated to the celebration of London and Literature will give the public an opportunity to listen to and share thoughts with celebrated authors, poets and academics on all things London.
’One Day in the City’, held on 15 June and organised by UCL English Language & Literature, includes talks and readings from Man Booker Prize-winners A.S. Byatt and Alan Hollinghurst; 2003 Granta-listed novelist, Adam Thirlwell; renowned poets Daljit Nagra, Alan Jenkins, Sarah Maguire and Mark Ford; filmmakers Chris Petit and William Raban; and the iconic London voices of Iain Sinclair and Will Self.
Panel topics include walking in the city, urban technologies, parkour, and what makes London a writers’ city. Novelists, poets, and academics will come together to read, perform and discuss some of the greatest works inspired by London.
The majority of the day’s events will take place within UCL’s Bloomsbury Campus, within the square created by the Euston Road, Gower Street, Torrington Place, and Gordon Street. The British Museum, British Library, Senate House Library, and the Royal Institute of British Architects will also be holding some linked events.
Organiser Nick Shepley, UCL English Language & Literature, said: "The festival aims to celebrate London and the creativity it inspires - and to be inclusive. That’s why we felt it was important that it was free, entirely focused on London and held in some of London’s most iconic buildings.
"For one day we aim to create intimate and dynamic forums through which the city, research on the city, and creative talents within the city can be celebrated and showcased to as wide an audience as possible.