SOHO: A WALK WITH ARTHUR RIMBAUD AND PAUL VERLAINE

Join us spring Saturday afternoon as poet-psychogeographer Niall McDevitt leads a walk through the 'Red Soho' of the early 1870s, following the trail of rebel poets Arthur Rimbaud and Paul Verlaine.

The influence of London on these two towering figures of French literature is too often overlooked. Rimbaud and Verlaine were ex-Communards living in hiding among Soho's French refugee community. They were on the run from the huge scandal they had created in literary Paris after the 27-year-old Verlaine abandoned his wife and child to embark on a tempestuous same-sex relationship with his 16-year-old protege Rimbaud. McDevitt will tell the agonising story of how their lifestyle experiment crashed and burned, but also of how a London classic - Illuminations - came to be born. 

Meet at 3pm for a fortifying absinthe cocktail before hitting the streets where an increasingly unhinged Verlaine was having visions of Sodom: 'Oh the fires in the skyline of that city from the Bible'. Tickets are £10, please click here to purchase.