Talks and Events

A Place of Sanctuary:
Essex as a landscape for well-being

Wheelbarrows, Othona Community

A panel discussion
Date /Time: Saturday, 10 November 2018 2pm - 4pm

With its many settlements and self-sufficient communities, Essex has provided an escape from the poverty and mental distress of East London. From retreats such as Greenwoods in Stock, The Othona Community at Bradwell and the therapeutic work at Runwell Hospital, Essex has pioneered new approaches to mental health and well-being. Join a panel discussion with farmer Mandy Barber, Graham Burnett, founder of Spiralseed, and Ken Worpole to discuss connecting work in the landscape with improving mental health in Essex today.
[photo: Larraine Worpole - wheelbarrows, Othona Community]

Information & booking: Admisssion Free. Further information and booking:
Venue: Focal Point Gallery, Southend-on-Sea

1968 Rethinking the Legacy: the quest for common ground

outside the micro museumDate /Time: Saturday, 22 September 2018, 09.45 - 19.00

A day conference with many talks and workshops, including a panel discussion on ‘Re-placing the Local’ with Jonathan Gardner, Bob Gilbert, Hilary Powell, Ken Worpole and Nicole Crockett looking at how a sense of place has re-emerged as a powerful force in contemporary politics.

Information & booking: £5 - £15. Full programme and booking: Eventbrite: RETHINKING-1968
Venue: University Square Stratford Campus, 1 Salway Place, London E15 1NF

Radical Essex
'We Are Not Afraid of the Future'


Date /Time: Tuesday, 20 November 2018, 7-9pm

Just published by Focal Point Gallery, Radical Essex explores the dynamic relationship between London’s East End and radical experiments in living, whether in rural enclaves or on the desolate marshes. This is a story of socialist and anarchist land colonies, Christian and Tolstoyan retreats, and the county as the home of modernist architecture in Britain and model industrial communities. Two of the book’s authors, Gillian Darley & Ken Worpole, discuss the many utopian experiments in living to be re-discovered in the county’s radical history.

Information & booking: £4 including a glass of wine.  
Book at:
Pages Bookshop, 70 Lower Clapton Road, London E5 0RN

Stoke Newington Literary Festival 2018

2018 Garden Museum Literary Festival

bike shrineDate /Time: Saturday 7 July & Sunday 8 July 2018

London’s Floral Shrines
This annual weekend festival is now a major event in London’s literary calendar. Speakers this year include Bee Wilson, Allan Jenkins, Will Ashton, Sofka Zinovieff, Tiffany Francis and many others. Ken will be speaking on the history of floral shrines in London, from First World War grottoes to today’s white bicycles, commemorative trees and roadside memorials.

Information & booking: For booking and other details:
Venue: Garden Museum, 5 Lambeth Palace Road, London SE1 7LB