Admission Price: Free to attend, please register to book your place
The Centre for English is delighted to be holding an event as part of Literary Clerkenwell, on the 'Cultures of Clerkenwell: Diamond Geezers and Garibaldi Biscuits' featuring award-winning authors Rachel Lichtenstein and Boyd Tonkin.
About the speakers
Rachel Lichtenstein’s first book, Rodinsky's Room (1999, co-written with Iain Sinclair), began as a personal quest and evolved into a compelling psycho-geographical adventure. Now considered a classic of its genre, it has been translated into five languages. Her most recent book, Estuary: Out from London to the Sea will be published by Hamish Hamilton in September 2016 to coincide with the Estuary Festival. In 2012 Diamond Street: The Hidden World of Hatton Garden, was published to much critical acclaim. To coincide with the publication of this book she also developed the Diamond Street App. The first book in the street series, On Brick Lane (2007), was shortlisted for the Ondaatje prize. Rachel is also the author of A Little Dust Whispered, Keeping Pace: Older Women of the East End and Rodinsky’s Whitechapel. Her work has received extensive coverage in the national print and broadcast media. She has also contributed to a number of anthologies and publications and regularly speaks at events, literary festivals, conferences and other institutions.
Boyd Tonkin is an award-winning British writer, journalist and critic who chaired the judging panel of the Man Booker International Prize in 2016 - the English-speaking world’s premier award for translated fiction. He is now Special Adviser to the Man Booker International Prize. He writes for The Economist, the Financial Times, The Observer, The Guardian, The The Spectator, New Scientist and Newsweek magazine, and contributes to BBC radio. Until April 2016 he was Senior Writer and Art Critic of The Independent, and was the newspaper’s Literary Editor from 1996 to 2013. He re-founded the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize in 2001, co-judging and steering it every year until 2015, when its format was adopted by the Man Booker International Prize.
6:00pm - Registration and reception
6:30pm - Talks begin including opportunity for Q & A
8:00pm - Close
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When & where
6.00pm - 8.00pmMonday 15th May 2017