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The Gentle Author at the Royal Festival Hall

May 17, 2013
by the gentle author


Coin from the Roman cemetery in Spitalfields worn around the neck of the Gentle Author

As part of London Literature Festival, I shall be giving a lecture at the Royal Festival Hall on Saturday 1st June at 2pm, telling the tales of things in my collection which carry stories from Spitalfields.

These include a copper coin from Spitalfields’ Roman cemetery, a sixpence from Shakespeare’s London, a shuttle from the last cloth warehouse in Spitalfields, a weavers’ stool, a crate from the fruit & vegetable market, an umbrella made by Britain’s oldest umbrella manufacturer, paper bags from London’s oldest paper bag shop, a tea-towel “In Celebration of the Labouring Classes” and a quilt of tapestries.


7 Responses leave one →
  1. Jackie Cardy permalink
    May 17, 2013

    I think it will be a sell out. I would be there if I lived nearer. As someone so ‘private’ how do you feel about public speaking?

  2. William permalink
    May 17, 2013

    Great stuff.
    Nice to see a pic of Mr. Pussy. Hope he is doing well this Spring.

  3. Moyra Peralta permalink
    May 17, 2013

    Aaaargh! So disappointed – sold out! There needs to be a repeat ‘performance’ at some point. There are probably hundreds of us…

  4. May 17, 2013

    Great subjects for a lecture!

  5. May 17, 2013

    Oh, how I wish I could be there. I would certainly enjoy it.

  6. Gary permalink
    May 17, 2013

    Why not film it and attach it to the blog ?

  7. John Campbell permalink
    May 19, 2013

    I was fortunate enough to attend an intimate reading by TGA last December at Rough Trade Records. The lucky few gathered there were captivated as he read his beautiful piece ‘On Christmas Eve’, an account of his nocturnal wanderings around the silent city streets on the night before Christmas. A truly magical tale on par with those of the great Dickens himself. The richness of his words and reading sent us back out among the shoppers on the cold London cobbles with a warm glow in our hearts. A wonderful day I shall always cherish. Thank you TGA. x

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