Colonials in the Metropole: Migrant Bloomsbury

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4 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.

About this event

In the 1920s and 30s Bloomsbury was London’s most diverse neighbourhood, populated by writers and intellectuals from all over the world. Some came to put down roots; others felt permanently unrooted; some produced acute observations of a modern commercial city, a city of new freedoms and old prejudices; and for others London appeared dreamlike and unreal. 

This walk brings together some unexpected perspectives on Bloomsbury from the work of émigré writers from British colonies -- C.L.R. James from Trinidad, Mulk Raj Anand from India, Christina Stead from Australia and Jean Rhys from Dominica, as well as from beyond the British Empire (for example Lao She from China).