Between the slum clearances of the early twentieth century and debates about the post-Olympic city, the drive to regenerate London has intensified. Yet today, with a focus on increasing land values, regeneration schemes purporting to foster diverse and creative new neighbourhoods typically displace precisely the qualities, activities and communities they claim to support.
In Remaking London Ben Campkin provides a historical account of urban regeneration, exploring how decline and renewal have been imagined and realised at different scales. Focusing on present-day regeneration areas that have been key to the capital’s modern identity, Campkin explores how these places have been stigmatised through identification with material degradation, and spatial and social disorder.
Drawing on diverse sources – including journalism, photography, cinema, theatre, architectural design, advertising and television – he illuminates how ideas of decline drive urban change.
Author Andy Merrifield is joined by Owen Hatherley for the launch of his book The New Urban Question, an exuberant and illuminating adventure through our current global urban condition, tracing the connections between radical urban theory and political activism.
From Haussmann’s attempts to use urban planning to rid 19th-century Paris of workers revolution to the contemporary metropolis, including urban disaster-zones such as downtown Detroit, Merrifield reveals how the urban experience has been profoundly shaped by class antagonism and been the battle-ground for conspiracies, revolts and social eruptions.
Going beyond the work of earlier urban theorists such as Manuel Castells, Merrifield identifies the new urban question that has emerged and demands urgent attention, as the city becomes a site of active plunder by capital and the setting for new forms of urban struggle, from Occupy to the Indignados.
Andy Merrifield is a writer, social theorist, and urban geographer and currently a Visiting Research Fellow at the Bartlett School of Planning.
Joining him is Owen Hatherley, journalist and author of “Militant Modernism: A Guide to the New Ruins of Great Britain.”
Brings together four substantial stories from a master travel writer and teller of tales. In ‘A Snow Goose’, the tragic and romanticised mystery of what became of the Franklin Expedition to discover the North-West Passage is re-imagined, weaving together Inuit oral testimony and a landscape on the brink of abstraction to produce a story that is desolate and beautiful and in which artefacts and characters come to life, A Snow Goose is an eco-fable that resonates with our times.
Jim Perrin is best known as a rock climber and acclaimed travel writer, including contributing to the Guardian Country Diary. Before turning to writing, he worked as a shepherd in Cwm Pennant and has made many contributions to newspapers and climbing magazines. As a climber, he has developed new routes, as well as making solo ascents of a number of established routes.
He has twice won the Boardman Tasker Prize. A Snow Goose and other tales is his first full-length fiction work, bringing together four long stories.
Using unpublished diaries, Jim Perrin, tells the story of the greatest exploring partnership in British history. In the 1930s Tilman and the younger Shipton pioneered many routes in Africa and the Himalayas and found the key to unlocking Everest. They crossed Africa by bicycle, explored China with Spender and Auden, journeyed down the Oxus River to its source and, with no support, opened up much of the Nepalese Himalaya. In the words of Jim Perrin, ‘The journeys of discovery undertaken through two decades by this pair of venturesome ragamuffins are unparallelled in the annals of mountain exploration.’
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20th June 2013 George Monbiot in conversation with Leo Hollis – Feral
November 2012 Sarah Wise talked about madness in Victorian times – Inconvenient People
November 2012 Daniel Trilling in conversation with Owen Jones about the far right – Bloody, Nasty People
16 October 2012 China Mieville in conversation with Suzanne Moore for London’s Overthrow
20th September 2012 Neil Fraser on Over the Border: The Other East End
19th July 2012 The Art of Dissent: Adventures in London’s Olympic State
4th July 2012 A People’s History of London with Lindsey German and John Rees
12 June 2012 The Bookshop Band performed downstairs in the 2nd hand book basement
22nd May 2012 The Gentle Author and guests from Spitalifields Life
16th May 2012 Hackney Society launch for Hackney: An Uncommon History in Five Parts
3rd May 2012 We launched the Hackney Anthology
8th March 2012 Margaret Willes on The Making of the English Gardner
25th January 2012 John Marriott on Beyond the Tower: A History of East London
26 July 2011 Iain Sinclair read from Ghost Milk
20 July 2011 Owen Jones discussed Chavs: The Demonization of the Working Class
12 July 2011 China Mieville talked about Embassytown
1 June 2011 Ross Perlin came and talked about Intern Nation
12 May 2011 Cinnamon Press with Jeremy Worman and Sue Vickerman
20 April 2011 Michael Foley talked about The Age of Absurdity
5 April 2011 Estate talk
10 March 2011 Simon Garfield came to discuss Just My Type
9 February 2011 Jenny Lord came to show us how to knit ipod socks
20th January 2011 Towards Re-Enchantment: Place and Its Meanings with Iain Sinclair & Ken Worpole
16th December 2010 Winter Warmer: Our annual Klezmer music, mulled wine and mince pies
16th November 2010 Francis Spufford reading from Red Plenty
12th November 2010 Jonathan Kemp reading from London Triptych.
3rd November 2010 The Meaning of David Cameron? Richard Seymour.
21st October 2010 Lived in London. Blue Plaques.
13th October 2010 Ned Beauman read from Boxer, Beetle
12th October 2010 Anonymous writing collective Wu Ming came and talked about Manituana
7th October 2010 Rebecca Hunt read from her debut novel Mr Chartwell
29th September 2010 Rob Penn came to talk All About the Bike.
23rd September 2010 New Feminism and Reclaiming the F-Word with Kat Banyard and Catherine Redfern.
8th September 2010 Dan Cruickshank talked about The Secret History of Georgian London.
20th July 2010 Mark Hannam and Jo Wolff spoke about Southern Africa: Past and Future
14th July 2010 Nicholas Jubber talked about his book, Poets, Polymaths and Pleasure-Daughters: Drinking Arak off an Ayatollah’s Beard
8th July 2010 Private View for Luisa Alpalhao’s exhibition, 30 Days of Storytelling
6th July 2010 I R Charles read from her brilliant local book Under a Hackney Sky
30th June 2010 Mike Gerber spoke about Jazz Jews
27 June 2010 Cinnamon Press hosted their 2nd runaway success at Pages with a poetry afternoon including readings from local poet Claudia Jessop and international poets, Arlene Ang and Mark Fitzgerald
9 June 2010 Mike Marqusee talked with the Guardian’s Daphna Baram about his book If I Am Not for Myself
5 June 2010 Private View – Emerging Images by Valerie and Roger Dean
22 April 2010 Adam Foulds – the Booker shortlisted author of The Quickening Maze came to Pages
17 April 2010 Out of Step: A spoken word benefit for No Sweat
1 April – 31 May 2010 Amy Green Drawings – A Show of Small Gifts
25 March 2010 The Poetry of Healing: Medicine, Psychotherapy and the Arts
A Dialogue with Iona Heath and Paul Gordon
5 – 31 March 2010 New Paintings by Alex Arnell – Private View
Pages Ruins February – A series of events on ruins
25 February 2010 Patrick Wright talked about A Journey Through Ruins: the last days of London
17 February 2010 Owen Hatherley talked about the ruins of urban regeneration
10 February 2010 ‘Ruins Tourism’ – Christopher Woodward talked with Ken Worpole
4 February 2010 Nick Haffner’s photographic exhibition opening for ‘Among the Ruins: Woolworths, Leytonstone, April 2009′
27 January 2010 One Million Tiny Plays About Britain, performed by author Craig Taylor and Co.
16 January 2010 Out of Step – an evening of Spoken Word
8th December 2009 Iain Sinclair and Bonnie Greer asked Is London British?
8th July 2009 Alain de Botton discussed The Pleasures and Sorrows of Work