Poet-psychogeographer Niall McDevitt takes a walk of discovery along the Thames Embankment tracing the 700-year history of poets and poetry in the area.
Elizabethans, Romantics, Decadents and Beats feature prominently, including the ‘disappeared’ street where Ben Jonson grew up with his master bricklayer stepfather in the 1570s, the bridge where Heinrich Heine wept in despair in 1827, the hotel where Oscar Wilde took his rent boys in the 1890s, and the gay nightclub where ‘Allen Ginsberg Live in London’ was filmed in 1995.
Perhaps the most haunting figure is that of the doomed Ernest Dowson who inspired the title of his friend Oscar Wilde’s most famous play.
The 700 year time lag is bridged by the crucial site that links the father of English poetry Geoffrey Chaucer with the current Nobel Laureate Bob Dylan.
Meeting Sun 9 Sept at 2pm in St Martin in the Fields. Church Path, Trafalgar Square, London WC2N 4JJ. £10
The walk will last approx. two hours and will finish in The Olde Cheshire Cheese close to Blackfriars tube.