Literary Footprints – our annual celebration of London books and authors is running again in October 2016. The idea is to take a literary festival out on to the streets, visiting places mentioned in London novels and hearing the stories read in the places they were set.
Highlights of last years festival included – a walk around Jane Austen’s London led by “Emma” in full costume, A literary history of Covent Garden, a walk following Mrs Dalloway as she goes to buy flowers for her party, a walk around Tudor detective Matthew Shardlakes’s London, retracing Daniel Defoe’s Journal of the Plague Year, a day of Shakespeare walks, Greek mythology on London buildings, Samuel Pepys walks, Dickens Night Walks and a walk looking at the Lives and Loves of the Bloomsbury Group. You can see the full list of walks below
Here are some of the highlights of 2016
Steve describes the London of Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty Four
Visiting St Dunstan in the East on Tina’s T S Eliot walk
Amber dressed as Jane Austen’s Emma
Description: Dickens was one of the greatest creators of characters in the English language, but one character writ large through his work is London itself. Join me to hear the stories about the places that had the greatest influences on the man and his work and discover why he called London his “magic lantern”.
Description: Hear about Artists and Writers, people like Ellen Terry, Oscar Wilde, Bram Stoker and Mark Twain
Description: When Henry VIII made himself Supreme Head of the English church, it caused individual conscience to smack against the stone wall of political expediency. This tour explores sites connected with those troubled times.
Description: Covent Garden Literature from the Restoration to the Napoleonic Wars. Pepys, Fielding, Austen, Gay, Voltaire, Evelyn, Steele and Lamb.
Description: Elizabethan and Jacobean London, the bustling hub of England. Soon to be shaken and stirred by a young playwright called William Shakespeare – and his rivals.
Description: This walk follows the route Clarissa Dalloway takes on her journey to buy flowers for her evening party in Virginia Woolf’s classic London novel
Description: Follow in the Footsteps of the great Dectective as we wind our way through streets that Sherlock Holmes would have recognised