Talks and Events

Cinderella River

Walthamstow wetlands

Date /Time: Sunday 25 February 2018, 1.30 - 4.00pm

Celebrate the publication of Simon Read’s new study of the ecology of the River Lee, Cinderella River, and the concept of ‘hydrocitizenship’, as well as enjoy a walk around the newly opened Walthamstow Wetlands.

Short talks by Simon Read & Ken Worpole, introduced by Professor Owain Jones, in the Turbine Room, newly refurbished by Witherford Watson Mann Architects.
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Venue: The Turbine Room, Walthamstow Wetlands, 2 Forest Road, London N17 9NH

Hackney: Portrait of a Community 1967 - 2017Hackney: portrait of a community book cover

Date /Time: Wednesday 29 November 2017, 7pm

Historian Margaret Willes and writer Ken Worpole will be in conversation about some of the themes of this ambitious new book on Hackney’s volatile post-war social history: battles fought, battles won and battles lost.

Venue: Broadway Bookshop, 6 Broadway Market, London E8 4QJ

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Ground Work
Writings on Places and People

Ground Work book coverAn evening with Tim Dee, Marina Warner & Ken Worpole
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Tuesday, 6 March 2018, 7pm

This collection of essays draws on the ideas and ideals of Common Ground and the concept of local distinctiveness, from more than 30 writers including Hugh Brody, Tessa Hadley, Alexandra Harris, Richard Mabey, Patrick McGuinness & Marina Warner. Many are personal accounts of a rural childhood, or of places in the British landscape that exert a particular hold on the writer’s emotional life.

Join editor Tim Dee, writers Marina Warner and Ken Worpole to explore what place means today, and why it seems to be gaining increasing importance in modern politics.
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Venue: London Review Bookshop, 14 Bury Place, London WC1A 2JL

Here is where we meet: a conversation

Concertina stairwaysDate /Time: Tuesday, 21 November 2017, 7pm

An evening of wide-ranging obsessions and hopes, during which artist Richard Wentworth will be in conversation with social historian and writer Ken Worpole. The audience will sit on and around Richard’s installation Concertina, a collection of three interconnected pine stairways created – in collaboration with architects APPARATA – to explore the social potential of art spaces as settings for openness and communication. Richard and Ken will consider London’s changing landscape, reflecting on how history has shaped the city’s unexpected topography, and how urgent it is to continue to create and shape places of meaning and exchange - both permanent and temporary - all within the context of Concertina's gallery siting in the brand new development of London City Island (Canning Town). Come and join them.
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Venue: arebyte, London City Island, Canning Town, E14 0LG