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The Literary London Reading Group

The Literary London Reading Group seeks to explore the processes (whether of exploration, appropriation, myth-making, derangement or disavowal) that contribute to creation and destruction of an imagined city and its fictional territories. Throughout the course of the year sessions will aim to foster an enriched understanding of London as a city comprised of a multiplicity of sites out of which narratives are woven and bound. Whether a text is situated in Pall Mall, Eel Pie Island or in an imagined dystopian future, part of the skill of writing urban experience arises from successfully ‘siting’ a narrative and capturing that elusive sense of place that grounds it in particular setting.

The Literary London Reading Group meets regularly throughout the academic year. Details of upcoming events will be posted on this page, at the IES website, and on our Twitter page, so make sure you keep checking for updates.

Reading for each session, and a record of past sessions, can be found at the Reading Group’s blog at

All meetings will take place at the Institute of English Studies, Senate House, University of London, Malet St, London, WC1E 7HU. For more information, contact Literary London or get in touch with the group’s organisers directly at literarylondonrg at

Spring Term Schedule, 2015

Third Session: Tuesday, 13 January 2015 6.00-7.30pm – Senate House, Room G34

Dr. Matthew Beaumont (UCL) — Night Walks

Fourth Session: Tuesday, March 17th 2015, 6.00-7.30pm – Senate House, Room G37

Dr. Laura Wright (Cambridge) — Anita Brookner’s London

Fifth Session: Tuesday, April 14th 2015, 6.00-7.30pm – Senate House, Room 104

Professor Patrick Wright (KCL) – Iain Sinclair’s Downriver

Sixth Session – Tuesday 16th Jun 2015, 6.00-7.30pm – Senate House, Room G37

Duncan Carson (Nobody Ordered Wolves) — TBA