Archive for 2011

All the articles posted on this website can be found here, organised in chronological sequence according to their date of writing or first publication.

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Iron Curtain on the Strand – a lecture about the London origins of a political metaphor that divided the world. »

November 29th, 2011 | Posted in: News and Previews

At 6.15pm on 5 December, I will be talking about the early history of the Iron Curtain, referring to both the Drury Lane Theatre and the Temple Church, just south of Fleet Street, as key locations in a forgotten drama. I will also be suggesting that the recovery of this early history, wholly forgotten in […]

Art historian, wild mushroom hunter, curator, bee-keeper, independent film-maker – a few otherwise lost words about Timothy Neat: »

October 22nd, 2011 | Posted in: Articles General, Englishness and British national identity, Heritage & History, Music

I spent part of last summer writing a long review of Timothy Neat’s two volume biography of Hamish Henderson, the poet and campaigner who made such a profound contribution to the Scottish folk revival in the 1950s and 1960s. The review appears in the London Review of Books, issue dated 3 November 2011.

Emanuel Litvinoff (5 May 1915 – 24 September 2011) »

October 5th, 2011 | Posted in: Articles General, Literature, London

I think it was in 1992 that I first met Emanuel Litvinoff. I had for some time been aware of his marvellous memoir of Jewish Whitechapel, Journey Through a Small Planet (1972), but I had never found a way of including a discussion of it in the book I was writing about East London at […]

Passport to Peking in the New Republic »

June 2nd, 2011 | Posted in: Articles General, News and Previews

At Foyles with Iain Sinclair – Tuesday 31 May 2011 »

May 27th, 2011 | Posted in: Articles General, News and Previews (past)

His new novel Ghost Milk is still a couple of months from publication, but I will be talking with Sinclair – about “not going to China”, the 2012 Olympics and other London matters – at Foyles Bookshop in Charing Cross Road at 6.30 pm. Details»

7th International Festival of History, Gorizia, Italy, 20-23 May 2011 »

May 14th, 2011 | Posted in: News and Previews (past)

  On Sunday 22 May, I will be in Gorizia, talking about cultural history, military technology and the Iron Curtain, in a dialogue with Georg Meyr, Professor of International and Diplomatic Sciences at Trieste University.   Further details here»

“England’s itch: from Bartholomew Steer to P.J. Harvey” – a talk in Swansea – 19 May 2011 »

May 14th, 2011 | Posted in: News and Previews (past)

  On 19 May, I will be in Swansea joining Patrick Keiller, Doreen Massey and Mathew Flintham  at the university for a conference about our research project “The Future of Landscape and the Moving Image” Further details here»

Passport to Peking – an illustrated talk at the National Portrait Gallery, 12 May 2011 »

May 8th, 2011 | Posted in: Articles General, News and Previews (past)

     At 13.15 on Thursday this week, I will be talking at the National Portrait Gallery, London. While providing a wider background to the visits of 1954, I will be concentrating on the experiences of  the three British artists among the visitors: Denis Mathews, who travelled as Secretary of the Contemporary Art Society;  Paul Hogarth, who was […]

A whole chapter on Ellis Smith in Moscow? »

May 6th, 2011 | Posted in: Articles General, News and Previews

Illuminations today (27 April 2011) »

April 27th, 2011 | Posted in: Articles General, News and Previews (past)

Dear John»  May I be a national irritant instead?