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Left luggage: Reading Sam Selvon in Waterloo Station

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18 November 2017

Time: 2:30 - 4:30pm

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London’s literature has been shaped by generations of migrant writers. This autumn, join literary historian Dr Nadia Valman of Queen Mary University of London (QMUL), for a series of new guided walks exploring London ‘through the eyes’ of migrant writers from the mid-nineteenth century to the 1960s.

 

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The dramatic backdrop of Waterloo Station, point of arrival in London for Caribbean migrants in the 1950s, provides the setting for this walk. Experience the vibrant writing of Trinidad-born novelist Sam Selvon, who evokes the expectations and apprehensions of new arrivals at Waterloo, as well as feelings of loss and nostalgia. 

Our stroll around the station and its environs will take in Selvon’s lyrical and witty reflections on London Transport, on railway travel and waiting in stations, on the pleasure of chance meetings and the alienation of encountering a city of strangers.

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