AUGUST 25TH: EMILIA BASSANO LANIER, SHAKESPEARE'S DARK LADY (TOWER HILL) - NIALL MCDEVITT LONDON POETRY WALKS
Aug
25
2:00 PM14:00

AUGUST 25TH: EMILIA BASSANO LANIER, SHAKESPEARE'S DARK LADY (TOWER HILL) - NIALL MCDEVITT LONDON POETRY WALKS

Poet Niall McDevitt tells the widely known but little appreciated story of Emilia Bassano, Shakespeare’s lifelong muse, and – as Emilia Lanier – the first woman to publish a book of original poetry in England. In the heart of London McDevitt will evoke the world of Emilia and her contemporaries in the Elizabethan Renaissance. He will explore what we know of Lanier’s relationship with Shakespeare, how her influence can be pinpointed from the earliest to the final plays, and how she was ‘discovered’ in the 1970s by the maverick Elizabethan scholar AL Rowse. Meeting outside Tower Hill tube station by the statue of Trajan at 2pm. The walk will last approx. two hours and finish within walking distance of Shoreditch station or Old Street tube. Tickets are £10. Please click here to purchase. 

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AUGUST 26TH: A LONDON CHAUCER PILGRIMAGE (ALDGATE STATION)
Aug
26
2:00 PM14:00

AUGUST 26TH: A LONDON CHAUCER PILGRIMAGE (ALDGATE STATION)

Poet-psychohistorian Niall McDevitt takes the literary walk back to 14th century London and the era of England's greatest medieval poet, Geoffrey Chaucer. Born circa 1343 and dying on 25 October 1400, Chaucer lived through the reigns of three kings, Edward III, Richard II and Henry IV. Though of middle class origin he was closely involved in the court, as poet, diplomat, trader, and possibly spy. Having been lucky to survive the Black Death in 1347, he was even luckier to survive the Peasants Revolt of 1381. Join us for an original and accessible London pilgrimage with tales of poetry, revolution, and the genesis of English language, literature, and culture as we know it today. The route begins at Aldgate and ends at Southwark, the departure point for his own imagined Canterbury pilgrims. Meeting at Aldgate tube at 2pm, EC3N 1AH. £10. Please click here for tickets.

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AUGUST 11TH: EMILIA BASSANO LANIER, SHAKESPEARE'S DARK LADY (TOWER HILL) - NIALL MCDEVITT LONDON POETRY WALKS
Aug
11
2:00 PM14:00

AUGUST 11TH: EMILIA BASSANO LANIER, SHAKESPEARE'S DARK LADY (TOWER HILL) - NIALL MCDEVITT LONDON POETRY WALKS

Poet Niall McDevitt tells the widely known but little appreciated story of Emilia Bassano, Shakespeare’s lifelong muse, and – as Emilia Lanier – the first woman to publish a book of original poetry in England. In the heart of London McDevitt will evoke the world of Emilia and her contemporaries in the Elizabethan Renaissance. He will explore what we know of Lanier’s relationship with Shakespeare, how her influence can be pinpointed from the earliest to the final plays, and how she was ‘discovered’ in the 1970s by the maverick Elizabethan scholar AL Rowse. Meeting outside Tower Hill tube station by the statue of Trajan at 2pm. The walk will last approx. two hours and finish within walking distance of Shoreditch station or Old Street tube. Tickets are £10. Please click here to purchase. 

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AUGUST 5TH: A RIMBAUD BLAKE WATERLOO LAMBETH WALK
Aug
5
2:00 PM14:00

AUGUST 5TH: A RIMBAUD BLAKE WATERLOO LAMBETH WALK

Poet-psychogeographer Niall McDevitt explores the Surrey-side trails of the two rebels par excellence of the Western canon

Rimbaud lived in Waterloo in 1874. Blake lived in Lambeth from 1790-1800. McDevitt points out the landmarks that would have been visible to the poets and sees the eerie connections between their works.

The big question is whether Rimbaud had heard of Blake, seen a Book by Blake, or even read Blake. McDevitt has a unique hypothesis. 

The eco-immersive route will take in the green spaces of Waterloo and Lambeth such as St Johns Garden, the Millennium Garden, The William Blake Estate, as well as the riverside itself. 

Meeting 2pm on Blackfriars Bridge by the southern end. The walk will last approx. two hours and finish in Waterloo. £10. For more info call or text: 07722163823. Please click here for tickets. 

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AUGUST 4TH: A RIMBAUD/VERLAINE DRIFT
Aug
4
2:00 PM14:00

AUGUST 4TH: A RIMBAUD/VERLAINE DRIFT

A RIMBAUD / VERLAINE DRIFT is a poetic walk following the London trail of Arthur Rimbaud and his fellow poet Paul Verlaine, who first visited the English capital – which they called 'Leun Deun' – in September 1872.  Meeting 2pm at Charing Cross station by the Eleanor Cross in the forecourt on Strand. It lasts approx. Four hours and will finish at Mornington Crescent £10. For more info contact: 07722163823. Tickets here. 

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JULY 29TH: POETS OF HAMMERSMITH (KENSINGTON OLYMPIA STATION) - NIALL MCDEVITT LONDON POETRY WALKS
Jul
29
2:00 PM14:00

JULY 29TH: POETS OF HAMMERSMITH (KENSINGTON OLYMPIA STATION) - NIALL MCDEVITT LONDON POETRY WALKS

Poet-psychogeographer Niall McDevitt leads an epic walk from border to border of Hammersmith borough through a half century of poetry. The great poets who've lived in Hammersmith include John Milton, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, William Morris, WB Yeats, and many more. Meeting at Kensington Olympia Station for 2pm. The walk will last approx. 2 hours and finish at Ravenscourt Park tube. Tickets are £10. Please click here to purchase.

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JULY 28TH: POETS OF THE EMBANKMENT (TRAFALGAR SQUARE) - NIALL MCDEVITT LONDON POETRY WALKS
Jul
28
2:00 PM14:00

JULY 28TH: POETS OF THE EMBANKMENT (TRAFALGAR SQUARE) - NIALL MCDEVITT LONDON POETRY WALKS

Poet-psychogeographer Niall McDevitt leads a walk of discovery along the Thames tracing the dazzling history of poets and poetry in the area. The Elizabethans, the Romantics, the Decadents and the Beats feature in force.  There are the geniuses of England - Marlowe, Shakespeare, Jonson - the geniuses of Europe - Heine, Rimbaud, Verlaine - and the geniuses of America - Melville, Ginsberg, Dylan; as well as a bonus Robbie Burns from Scotland.Meet at 2pm in the churchyard of St Martin in the Fields., Trafalgar Square, London WC2N 4JJ. The walk will last approx. two hours and will finish in The Olde Cheshire Cheese close to Blackfriars tube. £10 For tickets, please click here

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JULY 15TH: THE DEATH OF CHRISTOPHER MARLOWE WALK (ISLAND GARDENS DLR) - NIALL MCDEVITT POETRY WALKS
Jul
15
2:00 PM14:00

JULY 15TH: THE DEATH OF CHRISTOPHER MARLOWE WALK (ISLAND GARDENS DLR) - NIALL MCDEVITT POETRY WALKS

The death of Christopher Marlowe is one of the most fascinating stories in the history of English literature. Though Marlowe was murdered by government agents in a government safehouse in Deptford Strand, it was misrepresented as a pub brawl, a myth that persists to this day. Join poet-psychogeographer Niall McDevitt for a thoroughgoing exploration of the story, and immersion in Elizabethan history, with a stunning riverside backdrop.Meeting at Island Gardens DLR station 2pm. The walk will last two hours and finish at Surrey Quays London Overground station. £10. Buy tickets here. 

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JULY 8TH: WILLIAM BLAKE AND THE VISIONARY POETS OF HAMPSTEAD
Jul
8
2:00 PM14:00

JULY 8TH: WILLIAM BLAKE AND THE VISIONARY POETS OF HAMPSTEAD

Poet Niall McDevitt conducts a unique walking tour of Hampstead assessing the village's contribution to English and world poetry. 

The main site of the pilgrimage will be an off-the-beaten-track farmhouse where the sixty-something Blake regularly visited his patron John Linnel but - in a dramatic letter - turned down an offer to live there rent-free. 

The elderly Blake is contrasted with the childhood Hopkins who grew up in leafy Oak Hill. En route there will be fascinating encounters with revolutionaries, mystics, anarchists and at least two consumptives from the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries.

Sun 1 July meeting outside Hampstead tube station at 2pm. Tickets £10. Please click here for tickets. 

 

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JULY 7TH: NEW RIVER PRESS AT ARTNIGHT
Jul
7
8:00 PM20:00

JULY 7TH: NEW RIVER PRESS AT ARTNIGHT

For Art Night, New River Press present thirteen poets performing visceral work celebrating refuge, love and the urban banks of the River Thames. Editor Heathcote Ruthven will present a jam packed all-star line up of performances from Greta Bellamacina, Robert Montgomery, Niall McDevitt, Kirsty Allison, Zia Ahmed, James Massiah, Jamie Lee, Sophie Naufal, Miguel Cullen, Scott Temple, Ana Sefer, Ella Rimmer, and Vala Thorodds. All in the beautiful Tea House Theatre. Free, Facebook event here.
This evening is supported by the Illuminated River Foundation

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JULY 7TH: JERUSALEM'S PILLARS - A WILLIAM BLAKE WALK
Jul
7
2:00 PM14:00

JULY 7TH: JERUSALEM'S PILLARS - A WILLIAM BLAKE WALK

Niall McDevitt - having created westerly, easterly and southerly Blake walks - unveils the first of two northerly Blake walks. The site of Tyburn is undoubtedly the most abhorrent in the Blakean imagination. While the Vatican chose to counteract the mass execution of Catholic martyrs by building the Tyburn Convent, Blake erected a psycho-architectural monument which he called 'The Gate of Los'. The walk follows the course of the Tyburn river while telling the stories of Catherine Blake, The Jews Harp Tavern, the Cato conspiracy and George Richmond. The pilgrimage ends on the magical apex of Primrose Hill where Blake saw the spiritual sun, and where - 150 years later - Allen Ginsberg meditated with Iain Sinclair filming. Meeting under Marble Arch on Sat 30 July at 2pm. £10. Please click here for tickets. 

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JULY 4TH: AN EVENING WITH NEW RIVER PRESS AT THE NATIONAL POETRY LIBRARY
Jul
4
8:00 PM20:00

JULY 4TH: AN EVENING WITH NEW RIVER PRESS AT THE NATIONAL POETRY LIBRARY

New River Press are honoured to have been invited to host a Special Edition at the National Poetry Library. As well as showcasing work by our writers, this evening we will be remembering our esteemed colleague Heathcote Williams at the first anniversary of his death on 1 July 2017. 

We are extremely proud to present the debut readings from two books forthcoming with New River Press: Breastmilk Martini by Lisa Luxx, and BABYLON (a neoliberal theodicy) And Other Poems by Niall McDevitt. This night is also a rare opportunity to see extended readings of original work from both Robert Montgomery and Greta Bellamacina, as well as other work by New River poets read by editor Heathcote Ruthven. All in the beautiful setting of the National Poetry Library. This evening will start promptly at 8pm. Free but please reserve a space here whilst tickets are available.  

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JULY 1ST: WILLIAM BLAKE AND THE VISIONARY POETS OF HAMPSTEAD
Jul
1
2:00 PM14:00

JULY 1ST: WILLIAM BLAKE AND THE VISIONARY POETS OF HAMPSTEAD

Poet Niall McDevitt conducts a unique walking tour of Hampstead assessing the village's contribution to poetry. 


Including fascinating encounters with revolutionaries, mystics, anarchists and at least two consumptives from the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries, and an off-the-beaten-track farmhouse frequented by the sixty-something Blake and his patron John Linnel.


Sun 1 July meeting outside Hampstead tube station at 2pm. £10. Please click here for tickets. 

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JUNE 30TH: JERUSALEM'S PILLARS - A WILLIAM BLAKE WALK (TYBURN TO PRIMROSE HILL)
Jun
30
2:00 PM14:00

JUNE 30TH: JERUSALEM'S PILLARS - A WILLIAM BLAKE WALK (TYBURN TO PRIMROSE HILL)

Niall McDevitt unveils the first of two northerly Blake walks. 

The site of Tyburn is undoubtedly the most abhorrent in the Blakean imagination. The walk follows the course of the Tyburn river while telling the stories of Catherine Blake, The Jews Harp Tavern, the Cato conspiracy and George Richmond.

The pilgrimage ends on the magical apex of Primrose Hill where Blake saw the spiritual sun.

Meeting under Marble Arch on Sat 30 July at 2pm. £10 Please click here for tickets (ignore TS Eliot on ticket).

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JUNE 24TH: A WILLIAM BLAKE WALK
Jun
24
2:00 PM14:00

JUNE 24TH: A WILLIAM BLAKE WALK

Poet Niall McDevitt follows the central London sites where William Blake lived, studied, worked and died.

Britain's most cosmic and millenarian poet-painter was born in an underwear shop in Soho and never went to school. His Moravian mother directed his childhood enthusiasm and encouraged his writing and drawing until at the age of ten he went to Henry Par's drawing school. 

At fourteen Blake apprenticed himself as engraver to James Basire and at twenty-one began attending the Royal Academy. His subsequent career as writer and artist was blighted by bad luck, misunderstanding, snobbery and sabotage, none of which prevented him from creating one of the most mysterious and profound oeuvres in world poetry. 

McDevitt's definitive walk was listed as number one in the Telegraph's 'Great British Walks' survey and reveals Blake as a psychogeographer 200 years ahead of his time. 

Meeting at the junction of Oxford Street and South Molton Street, close to Bond Street tube. Sun 24 Jun at 2pm. £10. Please click here for tickets. 

 

                                "I write in South Molton Street what I both See and Hear

                                 In regions of Humanity, in London's opening Streets..."

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JUNE 23RD: YEATS IN WEST LONDON
Jun
23
2:00 PM14:00

JUNE 23RD: YEATS IN WEST LONDON

Irish poet Niall McDevitt follows the Yeatsian trail in West London where W.B. lived as a child with his family, went to school at Godolphin, had a troubled friendship with William Morris, and a magical battle with Aleister Crowley. Join us for a truly alternative history of Hammersmith and Kensington. McDevitt will offer a revisionist and risque ‘national poet’ who experimented with drugs including hashish and mescaline, performed ritual magic in the name of DEMON EST DEUS INVERSUS, was a consummate Londoner, and enjoyed a highly sexed semi-retirement in Holland Park. The stock image of Yeats as Dublin theatre manager/political activist and Sligo poet/folklorist will be enriched by understanding him as a cosmopolitan figure and vanguardist who chose his company from the best and was a passionate observer of men and women of genius. Meeting at Kensington Olympia tube station by the Exhibition Hall at 2pm. £10. Please click here for tickets. 

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JUNE 17TH: EMILIA BASSANO LANIER, SHAKESPEARE'S DARK LADY (TOWER HILL) - NIALL MCDEVITT LONDON POETRY WALKS
Jun
17
2:00 PM14:00

JUNE 17TH: EMILIA BASSANO LANIER, SHAKESPEARE'S DARK LADY (TOWER HILL) - NIALL MCDEVITT LONDON POETRY WALKS

Poet Niall McDevitt tells the widely known but little appreciated story of Emilia Bassano, Shakespeare’s lifelong muse, and – as Emilia Lanier – the first woman to publish a book of original poetry in England. In the heart of London McDevitt will evoke the world of Emilia and her contemporaries in the Elizabethan Renaissance. He will explore what we know of Lanier’s relationship with Shakespeare, how her influence can be pinpointed from the earliest to the final plays, and how she was ‘discovered’ in the 1970s by the maverick Elizabethan scholar AL Rowse. Meeting outside Tower Hill tube station by the statue of Trajan at 2pm. The walk will last approx. two hours and finish within walking distance of Shoreditch station or Old Street tube. Tickets are £10. Please click here to purchase.

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JUNE 16TH: A LONDON BLOOMSDAY WALK (KENSINGTON HIGH STREET) - NIALL MCDEVITT LONDON POETRY WALKS
Jun
16
2:00 PM14:00

JUNE 16TH: A LONDON BLOOMSDAY WALK (KENSINGTON HIGH STREET) - NIALL MCDEVITT LONDON POETRY WALKS

Irish poet Niall McDevitt ‘proves by algebra’ that you don’t need to be in Dublin to do a Bloomsday walk.

Telling the story of James Joyce’s belated marriage to Nora Barnacle in 1931 at Kensington Registry Office, as well as Joyce’s friendships with fellow modernists Ezra Pound, T.S. Eliot, Ford Madox Ford and Wyndham Lewis, McDevitt illuminates Joyce studies in a unique way, celebrating a great book and a great relationship.

Meeting Sat June 16 at Kensington High Street by the entrance to the tube station. 2pm. £10. Please click here to purchase tickets. (For more info call 07722163823, or email newriver@thenewriverpress.com)

(The London Bloomsday walk will finish at Notting Hill. Instead of the usual after-walk pint, Niall will be taking the Central Line

to Mile End to attend the launch of poet Chris McCabe's debut novel Dedalus. holdly conceived as a follow-up to Ulysses.. All are welcome. If you can't attend the walk but wish to attend the launch, these are the details:

 


BLOOMSDAY BOOK LAUNCH:

FREE entry
5pm – 7pm
Saturday 16th June 2018

Lock-keeper’s Cottage Graduate Centre
(nr. Mile End Lock)
Queen Mary University of London
London
E1 4PD
Nearest Tube Mile End

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JUNE 10TH: A BLAKE/WAT TYLER WALK (SAVOY HOTEL) - NIALL MCDEVITT LONDON POETRY WALKS
Jun
10
2:00 PM14:00

JUNE 10TH: A BLAKE/WAT TYLER WALK (SAVOY HOTEL) - NIALL MCDEVITT LONDON POETRY WALKS

A WILLIAM BLAKE/WAT TYLER WALK is a June celebration of London radicalism and the insurgent spirit. Niall McDevitt tells the story of the Peasants' Revolt - now rebranded as the Great Rising - connecting with the life and death of England's most beloved radical poet and artist, William Blake. The Savoy Hotel meeting point is only the site of John of Gaunt's palace but also the final address of William Blake, where he famously died singing. Blake was fascinated by Wat Tyler and drew a portrait of Tyler as one of his Visionary Heads series. produced in 1818. The closest Blake came to seeing an equivalent of the Great Uprising was the Gordon Riots of 1780. McDevitt shall explain how Blake's comically accidental involvement in the Riots influenced his work and politics. A decade later, he was a vocal supporter of the French Revolution, but one of many radicals who waited in vain for it to cross the channel. The walk will pass through the Smithfields site of Tyler's  assassination and finish at the burial place of Blake. There will also be fascinating vistas of the lives and deaths of such fellow radicals as John Milton and William Wallace. Sun 10 Jun meeting at the front entrance to the Savoy Hotel, on Strand, ar 2pm. (We shall finish wit drinks at the Blake table in the Masque Haunt pub on Old Street. ) £10 Please click here for tickets. 

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JUNE 9TH: A WB YEATS WALK
Jun
9
2:00 PM14:00

JUNE 9TH: A WB YEATS WALK

Irish poet Niall McDevitt celebrate Yeats' June birthday by leading a Central London walk from Yeats’s bachelor pad in Euston to the only known pub he was willing to frequent, Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese in Fleet Street. Arguably the single greatest lyric poet in the English language, and without a doubt the greatest Irish poet, Yeats was also a theatrical producer, magician, and Irish nationalist. He lived long and continually moved with the times: starting as a Pre-Raphaelite, then a Symbolist, then a Decadent, then a Modernist. A WB Yeats Walk will teach you about all these movements and much more. Though Yeats wrote designer Irish poetry in which there is little or no glimpse of London – apart from the pejorative ‘pavements grey’ – he was an avid Londoner who depended on the city for his intellectual, artistic and spiritual development. He was deeply enmeshed in the Western occult revival of the 1890s, once describing the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn as his ‘church and university’. Meeting Woburn Walk, London WC1H at 2pm. (Nearest tube Euston or Euston Square). £10. Please click here to buy tickets. 

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JUNE 3RD: A BLAKE/WAT TYLER WALK (SAVOY HOTEL) - NIALL MCDEVITT LONDON POETRY WALKS
Jun
3
2:00 PM14:00

JUNE 3RD: A BLAKE/WAT TYLER WALK (SAVOY HOTEL) - NIALL MCDEVITT LONDON POETRY WALKS

A WILLIAM BLAKE/WAT TYLER WALK is a June celebration of London radicalism and the insurgent spirit. Niall McDevitt tells the story of the Peasants' Revolt - now rebranded as the Great Rising - connecting with the life and death of England's most beloved radical poet and artist, William Blake. The Savoy Hotel meeting point is only the site of John of Gaunt's palace but also the final address of William Blake, where he famously died singing. Blake was fascinated by Wat Tyler and drew a portrait of Tyler as one of his Visionary Heads series. produced in 1818. The closest Blake came to seeing an equivalent of the Great Uprising was the Gordon Riots of 1780. McDevitt shall explain how Blake's comically accidental involvement in the Riots influenced his work and politics. A decade later, he was a vocal supporter of the French Revolution, but one of many radicals who waited in vain for it to cross the channel. The walk will pass through the Smithfields site of Tyler's  assassination and finish at the burial place of Blake. There will also be fascinating vistas of the lives and deaths of such fellow radicals as John Milton and William Wallace. Sun 10 Jun meeting at the front entrance to the Savoy Hotel, on Strand, ar 2pm. (We shall finish wit drinks at the Blake table in the Masque Haunt pub on Old Street. ) £10. Please click here to buy tickets. 

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JUNE 2ND: A WB YEATS WALK
Jun
2
2:00 PM14:00

JUNE 2ND: A WB YEATS WALK

Irish poet Niall McDevitt celebrate Yeats' June birthday by leading a Central London walk from Yeats’s bachelor pad in Euston to the only known pub he was willing to frequent, Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese in Fleet Street. Arguably the single greatest lyric poet in the English language, and without a doubt the greatest Irish poet, Yeats was also a theatrical producer, magician, and Irish nationalist. He lived long and continually moved with the times: starting as a Pre-Raphaelite, then a Symbolist, then a Decadent, then a Modernist. A WB Yeats Walk will teach you about all these movements and much more. Though Yeats wrote designer Irish poetry in which there is little or no glimpse of London – apart from the pejorative ‘pavements grey’ – he was an avid Londoner who depended on the city for his intellectual, artistic and spiritual development. He was deeply enmeshed in the Western occult revival of the 1890s, once describing the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn as his ‘church and university’. Meeting Woburn Walk, London WC1H at 2pm. (Nearest tube Euston or Euston Square). £10. Please click here to buy tickets.

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MAY 27TH: PUNK SOHO WALK LED BY SPECIAL GUEST GUIDE STEPHEN MICALEF (TOTTENHAM COURT ROAD)
May
27
2:00 PM14:00

MAY 27TH: PUNK SOHO WALK LED BY SPECIAL GUEST GUIDE STEPHEN MICALEF (TOTTENHAM COURT ROAD)

Poet Stephen Micalef, AKA Steve Mick, writer for the first Punk fanzine Sniffin' Glue, will lead a walk around the early punk venues of '76 - '77 - and regale the walkers with poems & original stories - some told for the first time. Visiting the sites of the Marquee & the Vortex, Louise's, The Hole in The Wall, Ronnie Scott's, 100 Club, The Ship, and ending at The Roxy. 

Meet at 2pm at Tottenham Court Road tube station, down by the piano (Centre Point Exit). £10 paid on arrival. Not to be missed!  If you are lost, or for more info, call/text: 07910286534.

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MAY 26ND: Punk Soho walk led by SPECIAL GUEST GUIDE Stephen Micalef (Tottenham Court Road)
May
26
2:00 PM14:00

MAY 26ND: Punk Soho walk led by SPECIAL GUEST GUIDE Stephen Micalef (Tottenham Court Road)

Poet Stephen Micalef, AKA Steve Mick, writer for the first Punk fanzine Sniffin' Glue, will lead a walk around the early punk venues of '76 - '77 - and regale the walkers with poems & original stories - some told for the first time. Visiting the sites of the Marquee & the Vortex, Louise's, The Hole in The Wall, Ronnie Scott's, 100 Club, The Ship, and ending at The Roxy. 

Meet at 2pm at Tottenham Court Road tube station, down by the piano (Centre Point Exit). £10 paid on arrival. Not to be missed! If you are lost, or for more info, call/text: 07910286534.

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MAY 20TH: FRANCIS BACON IN SOHO - NIALL MCDEVITT LONDON POETRY WALKS
May
20
2:00 PM14:00

MAY 20TH: FRANCIS BACON IN SOHO - NIALL MCDEVITT LONDON POETRY WALKS

For A Francis Bacon Walk psychogeographer Niall McDevitt departs from his usual poetry subjects to follow the trail of London's most legendary 20th century visual artist. Though an upper-class Englishman, Francis Bacon was also a déclassé Irishman who revelled in the role of an inspired uneducated outsider. Born in 1909, he was self-taught and a late bloomer. After a modest career designing furniture, at 36 he became overnight the most identifiable postwar painter after the exhibition of his monumentally shocking Three Studies for Figures at the Base of a Crucifixion in 1945. For enthusiasts of gambling, alcoholism, sadomasochism, and beauty. Meeting by Green Park tube station in the park itself by the southern exit. 2pm. Tickets are £10. Please click here to purchase.

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MAY 19TH: RIMBAUD AND VERLAINE (SOHO) - NIALL MCDEVITT LONDON POETRY WALKS
May
19
2:00 PM14:00

MAY 19TH: RIMBAUD AND VERLAINE (SOHO) - NIALL MCDEVITT LONDON POETRY WALKS

A RIMBAUD / VERLAINE DRIFT is a poetic walk following the London trail of Arthur Rimbaud and his fellow poet Paul Verlaine, who first visited the English capital – which they called 'Leun Deun' – in September 1872. It’s difficult to overestimate the transgressive brilliance of Arthur Rimbaud and Paul Verlaine, and easy to underestimate the extent to which they are London writers. Rimbaud spent fourteen months of his meteorically brief writing career - last only between the ages of 16 to to 21 - in London. Meeting for a 2pm start, the walk will commence at Charing Cross station by the Eleanor Cross in the forecourt on Strand. £10. Please click here to buy tickets.

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MAY 13TH: EMILIA BASSANO LANIER, SHAKESPEARE'S DARK LADY (TOWER HILL) - NIALL MCDEVITT LONDON POETRY WALKS
May
13
2:00 PM14:00

MAY 13TH: EMILIA BASSANO LANIER, SHAKESPEARE'S DARK LADY (TOWER HILL) - NIALL MCDEVITT LONDON POETRY WALKS

Poet Niall McDevitt tells the widely known but little appreciated story of Emilia Bassano, Shakespeare’s lifelong muse, and – as Emilia Lanier – the first woman to publish a book of original poetry in England. In the heart of London McDevitt will evoke the world of Emilia and her contemporaries in the Elizabethan Renaissance. He will explore what we know of Lanier’s relationship with Shakespeare, how her influence can be pinpointed from the earliest to the final plays, and how she was ‘discovered’ in the 1970s by the maverick Elizabethan scholar AL Rowse. Meeting outside Tower Hill tube station by the statue of Trajan at 2pm. The walk will last approx. two hours and finish within walking distance of Shoreditch station or Old Street tube. Tickets are £10. Please click here to purchase. 

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MAY 12TH: POETS OF THE EMBANKMENT WALK (TRAFALGAR SQUARE) - NIALL MCDEVITT LONDON POETRY WALKS
May
12
2:00 PM14:00

MAY 12TH: POETS OF THE EMBANKMENT WALK (TRAFALGAR SQUARE) - NIALL MCDEVITT LONDON POETRY WALKS

Poet-psychogeographer Niall McDevitt leads a walk of discovery along the Thames tracing the dazzling history of poets and poetry in the area, including the Elizabethans, the Romantics, the Decadents and the Beats. Meet at 2pm in the churchyard of St Martin in the Fields, Trafalgar Square, London WC2N 4JJ. The walk will last approx. two hours and will finish in The Olde Cheshire Cheese close to Blackfriars tube. £10 For tickets, please click here

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