Odilo Press are very proud to present a night of talks on the theme of Streetwalking In London – exploring illicit perambulations, nocturnal strolls, and the shadier uses of public space. Hosted by poet Miguel Cullen, and starring famed art and architectural historian Dan Cruickshank, prize-winning author Ian Thomson, and UCL professor Matthew Beaumont, this promises to be an entertaining and edifying evening.
Cruickshank’s book The Secret History of Georgian London: How the Wages of Sin shaped the Capital explores the extent to which London was built on the profits of prostitution. In it, he estimates that in the 18th century, one in five of the city’s women were working in the trade. He is himself a Spitalfields legend and it is an incredible honour to have him speak on the history of streetwalking in our shop.
Thomson, (whose travel-work The Dead Yard: Tales of Modern Jamaica, is a favourite of Zadie Smith and Benjamin Zephaniah's) will speak about the psychogeography of Thomas Lovell Beddoes, an enigmatic 19th century poet-physician that Ezra Pound described as the “prince of morticians”. While Beaumont will discuss some findings from his acclaimed Nightwalking: A Nocturnal History of London, a captivating literary investigation of those who fill the streets of London after dark, such as William Blake, Charles Dickens, Thomas De Quincey. The night will be held together with the poems of Cullen, whose work according to Vice, is "full of the late nights and early mornings, hopscotching London's jungle raves".
This event is free. But please RSVP to Babette@thesocietyclub.com