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Left Luggage: Reading Sam Selvon in Waterloo Station


Nov 18, 2017 - Nov 18, 2017


Waterloo Station,


Saturday 18 November 2017 | 2.30pm–4.30pm
Assembly point: Left luggage office, Waterloo station (between platforms 11 and 12)
Registration free (booking essential)

The final 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.

The dramatic backdrop of Waterloo Station, point of arrival in London for Caribbean migrants in the 1950s, provides the setting for this walk. Experience the vibrant writing of Trinidad-born novelist Sam Selvon, who evokes the expectations and apprehensions of new arrivals at Waterloo, as well as feelings of loss and nostalgia. Our stroll around the station and its environs will take in Selvon’s lyrical and witty reflections on London Transport, on railway travel and waiting in stations, on the pleasure of chance meetings and the alienation of encountering a city of strangers.

Book here


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)

Colonials in the Metropole: Migrant Bloomsbury (Saturday 4 November, 2.30pm)