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London Clay: River Lea Walking Tour with Tom Chivers and Siddhartha Bose
19 September 2021 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm BST
Join author Tom Chivers and poet Siddhartha Bose for a unique walking tour exploring the River Lea’s deep history
We’re thrilled to be hosting a special event to celebrate the arrival of Tom Chivers’ new book, LONDON CLAY: JOURNEYS IN THE DEEP CITY! Spend the afternoon of Sunday 19 September strolling along the River Lea with us as Tom leads a tour exploring the deep history of one of London’s most iconic waterways. Tom will be joined by poet Siddhartha Bose for what promises to be an unforgettable insight into the river’s historic depths.
About the Walk
We will meet at Hackney Marshes Pavilion (E5 0DH) at 2pm for a walk we expect to last between 2 and 2.5 hours. We intend the pace to be comfortable for most walkers, and will provide more specific route information as well as an anticipated end point shortly before the event. Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you’d like more information regarding the walk and it’s terrain, or any other details connected with the event.
About the Book
What secrets lie beneath a city?
Tom Chivers follows hidden pathways, explores lost islands and uncovers the geological mysteries that burst up through the pavement and bubble to the surface of our streets. From Roman ruins to a submerged playhouse, from an abandoned Tube station to underground rivers, Chivers leads us on a journey into the depths of the city he loves.
A lyrical interrogation of a capital city, a landscape and our connection to place, LONDON CLAY celebrates urban edgelands: in-between spaces where the natural world and the metropolis collide. Through a combination of historical research, vivid reportage and personal memoir, it will transform how you see London, and cities everywhere.
Copies of LONDON CLAY are available to buy with your ticket for collection at the start of the event (select the Add a Copy of LONDON CLAY option at checkout), and there will be a very limited number available to purchase on the day.
About the Tour Guides
Tom Chivers is a writer, publisher and arts producer. He was born in 1983 in south London. He has released two pamphlets and two collections of poetry, the latest being Dark Islands (Test Centre, 2015). His poems have been anthologised in Dear World & Everything In It and London: A History in Verse. He was shortlisted for the Michael Marks and Edwin Morgan Poetry Awards and received an Eric Gregory Award in 2011. Tom has made perambulatory, site-specific and audio work for organisations including LIFT, Cape Farewell, Humber Mouth and Southbank Centre. He was writer in residence at Bishopsgate Institute and associate artist of the National Centre of Writing. In 2009 he presented a documentary for BBC Radio 4 about the poet Barry MacSweeney. In 2011 an animated film of his poem ‘The Event’ was broadcast by Channel 4’s Random Acts. He lives in Rotherhithe with his wife and daughters.
Siddhartha Bose is a poet, playwright, academic and theatre-maker based in Hackney, London. He was born in India and spent seven years in the US. Siddhartha is the author of two poetry collections from Penned in the Margins, and has written and performed three works for theatre: Kalagora (2010), London’s Perverted Children (2012) and The Shroud (2014).