Literary Festival


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

Nineteen Eighty Four

Steve describes the London of Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty Four

ts eliot walkers

Visiting St Dunstan in the East on Tina’s T S Eliot walk

Amber dressed as Jane Austen's Emma

Amber dressed as Jane Austen’s Emma

Literary walks

Charles Dickens and the City of London

Sun, 26 Jun

Your guide: Mark Rowland
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”.

Made in Chelsea

Thu, 7 Jul

Your guide: Stephen Benton
Description: Hear about Artists and Writers, people like Ellen Terry, Oscar Wilde, Bram Stoker and Mark Twain

A Question of Supremacy

Sat, 9 Jul

Your guide: David Charnick
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.

Literary Covent Garden. Towards A New Sensibility

Sun, 10 Jul

Your guide: Sean Patterson
Description: Covent Garden Literature from the Restoration to the Napoleonic Wars. Pepys, Fielding, Austen, Gay, Voltaire, Evelyn, Steele and Lamb.

The Rivals of William Shakespeare

Sat, 16 Jul

Your guide: Robin Rowles
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.

Mrs Dalloway's Day

Thu, 21 Jul

Your guide: Rob Smith
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

Sherlock Holmes and the Red-Headed League

Sat, 23 Jul

Your guide: Robin Rowles
Description: Follow in the Footsteps of the great Dectective as we wind our way through streets that Sherlock Holmes would have recognised

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