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Fallen Angel at the Highgate Festival

Walking between the lines of Tracy Chevalier's "Fallen Angels"
Thursday 20 June 6.45pm-9.00pm Start: Tufnell Park tube station - includes a private our of the West Highgate Cemetery and special souvenir Read more & book

Tracy Chevalier's novel opens on the day after the death of Queen Victoria and runs for a decade, as London's society changes from one of Victorian era gothic and mourning through to a period of modernism.  The new King only insists on 3 months of mourning for his mother, unlike her, who had draped the shroud of mourning on the whole country since the death of her husband Prince Albert.  It is a very atmospheric novel that charts the lives of two middle-class Highgate families as they to struggle with class issues.  

Our walkshop will include visits to locations that are key to the novel as we stroll up hill through Dartmouth Park, past the library in Chester Road, and finally reach the gates of the west cemetery.  Here we will be provided with a privately guided tour by Andrew Yeo, with whom we have developed an intriguing route that weaves the extraordinary history of the cemetery with the compelling fiction of Tracy Chevalier.  

Highgate resident Tracy Chevalier researched the novel by volunteering as a gardener at the cemetery, and later trained as a tour guide there - extraordinarily, she led tours anonymously as her international bestseller, "Girl with a Pearl Earring" raced up the charts on both sides of the Atlantic.

A highlight of the Highgate Festival - for "Fallen Angel at the Highgate Festival"  Read more & book - numbers strictly limited.
Built and Natural - with Paul Wood, author of "London is a Forest" and "London Street Trees"
Wednesday 19 June 6pm-7.30pm Start: Guy's Court in front of the Science Gallery, London SE1 Read more & book

Continuing the series of London Festival of Architecture celebratory walkshops uncovering hidden and revealed boundaries in the London Bridge area, Paul Wood uncovers the margins between the built and the natural.  We know that proximity to nature in our cities is of utmost importance to our wellbeing, and yet, over the decades we have squeezed nature out.  The tables are finally turning with Team London Bridge, the pioneering business improvement district helping to bring nature back.  

This is no ordinary tour - as you would expect for a festival event, there's more to it than meets the eye.  When you join this tour, we will invite you to creatively write about your discoveries in a series of postcards or letter fragments, that will be published in a limited edition chapbook. Read more & book - free event but must be booked
Our latest Talking Walking episode is with Peter Jaeger, Professor of Poetics and Creative Writing at Roehampton University. For over 30 years he has been making pilgrimages to sacred sites around the world, keeping journals of his discoveries and walks, on which he has drawn to compose Midamble a long form poem of book length. Listen from here
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