“For if you think of it, there is a London cognita and a London incognita.”
– Arthur Machen, The London Adventure

This Wednesday I am very excited to speaking at the NARRATING LONDON event at the Bishopsgate Institute. 

About the event:

Join editors Kit Caless and Gary Budden along with author Eley Williams in a special discussion about London writing. How do we find new ways of writing about the capital? How do we step out of the shadow of all those great books that have come before us?

Kit, Gary and Eley have all contributed to An Unreliable Guide to London, which brings together 23 stories about the lesser known parts of a world renowned city. Stories that stretch the reader's definition of the truth and question reality. Stories of wind nymphs in South Clapham tube station, the horse sized swan at Brentford Ait, sleeping clinics in N1 and celebrations for St Margaret's Day of the Dead. Taking its cue from travel guides, London histories and books like Tired of London, Tired of LifeAn Unreliable Guide To London shakes up the canon of London writing with a tongue firmly rooted in its cheek.

Eley Williams is a writer and lecturer based in Ealing. A poetry pamphlet Frit(Sad Press) is available as well as a collection of stories Attrib. and other stories (Influx Press), the latter listed among Best Books of 2017 by The Guardian, The Telegraph and The New Statesman and chosen by Ali Smith as one of 2017's best debut fiction at the Cambridge Literary Festival

Gary Budden writes fiction and creative non-fiction about the intersections of British sub-culture, landscape, psychogeography, hidden history, nature, horror, weird fiction and more. A lot of it falls under the banner ‘landscape punk’. His work has appeared in Black StaticUnthologyYear’s Best Weird FictionThe Lonely CrowdLitroStructoThe Quietus and many more. He was shortlisted for the 2015 London Short Story Award, and his story ‘Greenteeth’ was nominated for a 2017 British Fantasy Award and adapted into a short film by the filmmaker Adam Scovell. His debut fiction collection, Hollow Shores, was published by Dead Ink Books in October 2017.

Kit Caless is a writer and editor based in Hackney Downs. He regularly contributes to magazines such Vice and The Newstatesman and is the author of the valuable thesis, Spoon's Carpets: An Appreciation (Vintage/Square Peg 2016). He is the editor of An Unreliable Guide to London (Influx, 2016).

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