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Colonials in the Metropole: Migrant Bloomsbury
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WhenNov 4, 2017 - Nov 4, 2017
Outside Euston Square station,
Saturday 4 November 2017 | 2.30pm–4.30pm
Assembly point: Outside Euston Square station
Registration free (booking essential)
The third in a series of new guided walks led by literary historian Dr Nadia Valman of Queen Mary, University of London, exploring London through the eyes of migrant writers from the mid-nineteenth century to the 1960s.
In the 1920s and 30s Bloomsbury was London’s most diverse neighbourhood, populated by writers and intellectuals from all over the world. Some came to put down roots; others felt permanently unrooted; some produced acute observations of a modern commercial city; and for others London appeared dreamlike and unreal.
This walk brings together some unexpected perspectives on Bloomsbury from the work of émigré writers from British colonies – C.L.R. James from Trinidad, Mulk Raj Anand from India, Christina Stead from Australia and Jean Rhys from Dominica – as well as from beyond the British Empire (for example, Lao She from China).
Other walks in this series:
Rediscovering Rosemary Lane: Irish Migrants in Victorian London (Thursday 12 October, 6.30pm)
Fragments of Jewish Whitechapel (Sunday 29 October, 2.30pm)
Left Luggage: Reading Sam Selvon in Waterloo Station (Saturday 18 November, 2.30pm)