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: This tour explores aspects of trade in Shakespeare’s London and how it provided valuable material to him and to his fellow dramatists
Description: While Shakespeare is the stuff of legend, he was in so many ways a typical Londoner. In fact, to explore the story of Shakespeare in London is to appreciate an exciting time of social advancement and international development, with London at the centre of England’s coming of age.
Description: Follow in the Footsteps of the great Dectective as we wind our way through streets that Sherlock Holmes would have recognised
Description: Explore Smithfield and Clerkenwell’s literary connections and hear readings from authors who wrote about this fascinating area.
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.
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