APRIL 28TH: THE SQUARE MILE SHAKESPEARE (BLACKFRIARS STATION) - NIALL MCDEVITT LONDON POETRY WALKS
Apr
28
2:00 PM14:00

APRIL 28TH: THE SQUARE MILE SHAKESPEARE (BLACKFRIARS STATION) - NIALL MCDEVITT LONDON POETRY WALKS

Poet-psychogeographer Niall McDevitt commemorates the month of Shakespeare's birth and death with his much imitated but never equaled walk THE SQUARE MILE SHAKESPEARE. You don’t have to go to Stratford-on-Avon or Bankside to follow the trail of our finest writer. We are taught about the messy London in which he lived, about the Elizabethan and the Jacobean Shakespeare, the cautious, wise, and almost neurotic man beyond the plays, as well as his very specific place within the city’s society during his lifetime. Meeting outside Blackfriars Station (north entrance) on Sat 21 and Sat 28 April at 2pm. The walk will last approx. two hours and finish at Barbican. Tickets are £10. Please click here to purchase. 

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APRIL 29TH: EMILIA BASSANO LANIER, SHAKESPEARE'S DARK LADY (TOWER HILL) - NIALL MCDEVITT LONDON POETRY WALKS
Apr
29
2:00 PM14:00

APRIL 29TH: 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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MAY 13TH: THE POETS OF HAMMERSMITH (KENSINGTON OLYMPIA STATION) - NIALL MCDEVITT LONDON POETRY WALKS
May
13
2:00 PM14:00

MAY 13TH: THE 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, Shane MacGowan, Dylan Thomas, and many more. Meet 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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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)

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JUNE 17TH: THE SQUARE MILE SHAKESPEARE (BLACKFRIARS STATION) - NIALL MCDEVITT LONDON POETRY WALKS
Jun
17
2:00 PM14:00

JUNE 17TH: THE SQUARE MILE SHAKESPEARE (BLACKFRIARS STATION) - NIALL MCDEVITT LONDON POETRY WALKS

Poet-psychogeographer Niall McDevitt commemorates the month of Shakespeare's birth and death with his much imitated but never equaled walk THE SQUARE MILE SHAKESPEARE. You don’t have to go to Stratford-on-Avon or Bankside to follow the trail of our finest writer. We are taught about the messy London in which he lived, about the Elizabethan and the Jacobean Shakespeare, the cautious, wise, and almost neurotic man beyond the plays, as well as his very specific place within the city’s society during his lifetime. Meeting outside Blackfriars Station (north entrance) on Sat 21 and Sat 28 April at 2pm. The walk will last approx. two hours and finish at Barbican. Tickets are £10. Please click here to purchase.

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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 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 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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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 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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APRIL 22ND: EMILIA BASSANO LANIER, SHAKESPEARE'S DARK LADY (TOWER HILL) - NIALL MCDEVITT LONDON POETRY WALKS
Apr
22
2:00 PM14:00

APRIL 22ND: 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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APRIL 21ST: THE SQUARE MILE SHAKESPEARE (BLACKFRIARS STATION) - NIALL MCDEVITT LONDON POETRY WALKS
Apr
21
2:00 PM14:00

APRIL 21ST: THE SQUARE MILE SHAKESPEARE (BLACKFRIARS STATION) - NIALL MCDEVITT LONDON POETRY WALKS

Poet-psychogeographer Niall McDevitt commemorates the month of Shakespeare's birth and death with his much imitated but never equaled walk THE SQUARE MILE SHAKESPEARE. You don’t have to go to Stratford-on-Avon or Bankside to follow the trail of our finest writer. We are taught about the messy London in which he lived, about the Elizabethan and the Jacobean Shakespeare, the cautious, wise, and almost neurotic man beyond the plays, as well as his very specific place within the city’s society during his lifetime. Meeting outside Blackfriars Station (north entrance) on Sat 21 and Sat 28 April at 2pm. The walk will last approx. two hours and finish at Barbican. Tickets are £10. Please click here to purchase. 

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APRIL 8TH: THE MODERNISTS OF KENSINGTON, JOURNEY INTO THE VORTEX (LANCASTER GATE) - SPECIAL GUEST WALK BY ALEXIS THOMPSON
Apr
8
2:00 PM14:00

APRIL 8TH: THE MODERNISTS OF KENSINGTON, JOURNEY INTO THE VORTEX (LANCASTER GATE) - SPECIAL GUEST WALK BY ALEXIS THOMPSON

Looking at Beckett, Yeats, Pound, Woolf Eliot, HD, Lewis and Joyce, Journey into the Vortex promises to explore how the time spent in Kensington shaped the lives and work of these great poets. Meet opposite Lancaster Gate station at the Italian Water Gardens. The walk will begin at 2pm, and will conclude near Notting Hill Gate station. Tickets are £10, Please click her to purchase. 

 

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APRIL 7TH: THE MODERNISTS OF KENSINGTON, JOURNEY INTO THE VORTEX (LANCASTER GATE) - SPECIAL GUEST WALK BY ALEXIS THOMPSON
Apr
7
2:00 PM14:00

APRIL 7TH: THE MODERNISTS OF KENSINGTON, JOURNEY INTO THE VORTEX (LANCASTER GATE) - SPECIAL GUEST WALK BY ALEXIS THOMPSON

Looking at Beckett, Yeats, Pound, Woolf Eliot, HD, Lewis and Joyce, Journey into the Vortex promises to explore how the time spent in Kensington shaped the lives and work of these great poets. Meet opposite Lancaster Gate station at the Italian Water Gardens. The walk will begin at 2pm, and will conclude near Notting Hill Gate station. Tickets are £10, Please click her to purchase. 

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MARCH 25TH: THE POETS OF HAMMERSMITH (KENSINGTON OLYMPIA STATION) - NIALL MCDEVITT LONDON POETRY WALKS
Mar
25
2:00 PM14:00

MARCH 25TH: THE 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, Shane MacGowan, Dylan Thomas, and many more. Meet 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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MARCH 24TH: POETS OF THE EMBANKMENT WALK (TRAFALGAR SQUARE) - NIALL MCDEVITT LONDON POETRY WALKS
Mar
24
2:00 PM14:00

MARCH 24TH: 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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MARCH 11TH: THE MODERNISTS OF KENSINGTON, JOURNEY INTO THE VORTEX (HYDE PARK) - SPECIAL GUEST WALK BY ALEXIS THOMPSON
Mar
11
2:00 PM14:00

MARCH 11TH: THE MODERNISTS OF KENSINGTON, JOURNEY INTO THE VORTEX (HYDE PARK) - SPECIAL GUEST WALK BY ALEXIS THOMPSON

Looking at Beckett, Yeats, Pound, Woolf Eliot, HD, Lewis and Joyce, Journey into the Vortex promises to explore how the time spent in Kensington shaped the lives and work of these great poets. The walk will meet at the Hudson Bird Memorial Sanctuary in Hyde Park (nearest stations: Lancaster Gate, Marble Arch, Knightsbridge), beginning at 2pm, and will conclude near Notting Hill Gate station. Tickets are £10, Please click her to purchase. 

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MARCH 10TH: THE MODERNISTS OF KENSINGTON, JOURNEY INTO THE VORTEX (HYDE PARK) - SPECIAL GUEST WALK BY ALEXIS THOMPSON
Mar
10
2:00 PM14:00

MARCH 10TH: THE MODERNISTS OF KENSINGTON, JOURNEY INTO THE VORTEX (HYDE PARK) - SPECIAL GUEST WALK BY ALEXIS THOMPSON

Looking at Beckett, Yeats, Pound, Woolf Eliot, HD, Lewis and Joyce, Journey into the Vortex promises to explore how the time spent in Kensington shaped the lives and work of these great poets. The walk will meet at the Hudson Bird Memorial Sanctuary in Hyde Park (nearest stations: Lancaster Gate, Marble Arch, Knightsbridge), beginning at 2pm, and will conclude near Notting Hill Gate station. Tickets are £10, Please click her to purchase. 

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APRIL 1ST: THE POETS OF HAMMERSMITH (KENSINGTON OLYMPIA STATION) - NIALL MCDEVITT LONDON POETRY WALKS
Mar
2
2:00 PM14:00

APRIL 1ST: THE 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, Shane MacGowan, Dylan Thomas, and many more. Meet 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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APRIL 1ST: EMILIA BASSANO LANIER, SHAKESPEARE'S DARK LADY (TOWER HILL) - NIALL MCDEVITT LONDON POETRY WALKS
Feb
27
4:00 PM16:00

APRIL 1ST: 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. 

Emilia Bassano was born into the illustrious Bassano family, musicians who had been induced to emigrate to England by Henry VIII himself. Their Italian and Sephardic Jewish ancestry accounted for her complexion that gave rise to the legend of the 'Dark Lady'.

McDevitt will explain the schism in Lanier studies between some scholars who teach her poetry but refuse to accept the idea she is the character from Shakespeare's sonnets 127-154, and yet others who feel that here at last the mystery is solved. As an aside, McDevitt will also quickly dismiss the lunatic fringe who claim Emilia Lanier wrote Shakespeare.

What emerges is the vista of a fascinating friendship between a male and female writer which forces us to think of Shakespeare and Lanier as something akin to the modern literary  partnerships of Robert Graves and Laura Riding, or Ted Hughes and Sylvia Plath. McDevitt will argue that the high minded cadences of Lanier's Salve Deus Rex Judeaorum (1611) are a  deliberate riposte to Shakespeare's scurrilous portrait of her in Shakespeare's Sonnets (1609). 

McDevitt will examine the work they wrote in the light of their connection, contrasting the controlled religious poetry of Lanier with the sometimes unhinged sonnets of Shakespeare.

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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