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Enchanted City – With special guests

Thursday 30 June

7pm to 9pm

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Poet, author and Rotherhithe local Tom Chivers presents an evening of talks and performance exploring the world of his acclaimed book London Clay: Journeys in the Deep City, with special guests Helen Gordon and Siddhartha Bose.


This event is 2 hours long and has a 20-minute interval. There will be a bar serving beer, wine and soft drinks before the event and during the interval. 

Helen Gordon

Helen Gordon’s most recent non-fiction book, Notes from Deep Time, was published in paperback by Profile in February 2022 and has been translated into six languages. Her other books include a novel, Landfall (Penguin), and she has written for, among other places, The Economist’s 1843 magazine, the Guardian and Wired. A former Granta magazine editor, she currently teaches creative writing at the University of Hertfordshire. She lives in south London with her husband and two daughters.


Siddhartha Bose

Siddhartha Bose is a writer based in east London. He was born in Calcutta and spent the first eighteen years of his life in Bombay and the city of his birth. His books include two poetry collections, Kalagora and Digital Monsoon (2010 & 2013), a play, No Dogs, No Indians (2017), and a monograph on the grotesque, Back and Forth (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2015), which is based on his PhD at Queen Mary, University of London. Siddhartha has been featured on BBC Radio (Radio 3, Radio London, Asian Network) and on BBC 4 (TV), and was dubbed one of the ‘ten rising stars of British poetry’ by The Times (2009). His theatre work includes a one-man play, also called Kalagora (2010-12), which had an acclaimed run at Edinburgh Fringe ‘11, London’s Perverted Children (2012-13), and The Shroud (2014).  Siddhartha has guest-edited a special issue of the literary journal Wasafiri (Routledge, UK/USA) on international urban writing (2013), and he was a Leverhulme Fellow in English & Drama at QMUL (2011-13). His first novel, Electrolife, is forthcoming.


Praise for London Clay:

‘Beautifully realised and moving’ Financial Times

‘Action-packed, erudite’ The Times

‘Incredible… You’ll never look at the city in the same way again’ Londonist



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