Listen: BBC Radio 4’s Making History

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Tom Holland is joined by Dr Alice Taylor from King’s College in London and the historian of pop culture, Travis Elborough.

Helen Castor charts the course of the Prague Spring, that period of liberalisation in Czechoslovakia brought in when Alexander Dubcek became leader in January 1968. She hears from those who were there and those who study that period now and asks whether people had any inkling what an extraordinary year it would be.

Alice Taylor introduces a new project which will celebrate the 700th anniversary of the Declaration of Arbroath in 2020. She explains how fact and fiction were brought together to create the notion of a Scottish nation and a document that would heavily influence the Constitution of the United States.

French Journalist Agnes Poirier leafs through the pages of Our Island Story, the 1905 children’s book that some argue not only re-imagined English history but then shaped the world-view of some of our political leaders.

Fresh from the publication of his book of twentieth century diary extracts, Travis Elborough discusses if the diary is dead in the digital post-truth age.

And Iszi Lawrence enlists the help of the world wide web in her search for the origins of the expression “hair of the dog”.

Listen here:

https://player.fm/series/making-history-1301281/one-thousand-nine-hundred-and-sixty-eight

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Listen: Festive Ghost Stories on Wolfgang Radio with myself, Andrew Martin, Syd Moore and Cathi Unsworth

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'Authors Syd Moore, Cathi Unsworth and Andrew Martin join host Travis Elborough for an evening of festive frights as they delve into the centuries-old spooky tradition of Christmas ghost stories, and share a few ghostly tales by the fireside.'
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https://radiowolfgang.com/s/soho-house-stories/lit-lab-ghost-stories

 

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Review: Our Century in the Daily Mail

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http://www.dailymail.co.uk/home/books/article-5202505/Stocking-fillers.html

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Picture: Our History in Waterstones Piccadilly’s Xmas window

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December 5, 2017 · 5:21 pm

Review: Our History of the 20th Century, The Observer, Best Books of 2017

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https://www.theguardian.com/books/2017/nov/26/best-books-of-2017-part-two

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Picture: Signing copies of Our History in Nomad Books, Fulham

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Read: Piece on Our History of the 20th Century in this week’s Big Issue

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Picture: Louder Than Words Festival, Manchester

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Picture: Interviewing Kendo Nagasaki, Sir Peter Blake and film-maker Mary Dickinson, at the Regent’s Street Cinema

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November 10, 2017 · 10:00 am

Event: Louder Than Words Festival, Manchester 12 November, 10 am, The Principal Manchester, M60 7HA

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Full details here:

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-vinyl-countdown-tickets-36253243427

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Event: Parks, Council Estates & Essex! – a half-dayschool with Travis Elborough, Ian Waites and Gillian Darley, Nottingham Mechanics Institute, 3 North Sherwood Street, Nottingham, Saturday 11 November 1.30 – 4pm

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Full details here:

http://fiveleavesbookshop.co.uk/events/parks-council-estates-essex-a-half-dayschool-with-travis-elborough-ian-waites-and-gillian-darley/

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Review: ‘Our Century’ reviewed by Craig Brown in the Mail on Sunday

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‘This fascinating anthology tracks the 20th century through diaries, journals and letters, though mainly diaries. At its best, it opens up secret peep-holes on to some of the key events of the century, and allows us to see them from unexpected angles….’

Read in full

: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/home/event/article-5021121/Craig-Brown-reviews-History-20th-Century.html#ixzz4wz5LArOE
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http://www.dailymail.co.uk/home/event/article-5021121/Craig-Brown-reviews-History-20th-Century.html

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Event: The Vinyl Countdown, The Wanstead Tap, Thursday 26 October at 7.30pm

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More details here:

https://www.newhambooks.co.uk/2017/traviselborough.php

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Event: Our History of the 20th Century at The Bookseller Crow, Crystal Palace on 18 October 7.30 pm

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Full details here:

http://booksellercrow.co.uk/event/travis-elborough-history-20the-century/

 

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Event: Morley Arts Festival, Tingley Methodist Church, Tingley, 11 October 7pm

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Full details here:

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/travis-elborough-a-walk-in-the-park-tickets-37952513991

 

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Review: Our History of the 20th Century in The Observer

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Read here:

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2017/oct/01/our-history-of-the-20th-century-travis-elborough-review-diaries-journals

 

 

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Listen: Being a Writer on Radio 4’s Open Book

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Helen Gordon and myself talking to Mariella Frostrup about Being a Writer on Radio 4’s Open Book:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b0931gsw

 

 

 

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Listen: Being a Writer on Monocle radio

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Helen Gordon and myself on Monocle radio’s Weekly Show talking about Being a Writer:  https://monocle.com/radio/shows/the-monocle-weekly/427/

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Picture: Being a Writer launch

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September 7, 2017 · 8:37 am

Picture: Speaking to Mark Lewisohn about Brian Epstein at the Regent Street Cinema

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September 6, 2017 · 9:09 am

Picture: Travis Elborough & Helen Gordon, co-compilers of Being a Writer

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Read: The Observer, Review

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The Observer – accompanying Rowan Moore’s piece on parks:

Read here:

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2017/jul/09/the-end-of-park-life-as-we-know-it-the-battle-for-britains-green-spaces-rowan-moore

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Review: Walk in the Park in paperback in The Guardian, 8 July 2017

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‘This is a fascinating, informative, revelatory book… the chief delights of Elborough’s survey of this “people’s institution” are his learning and range of reference.’  – William Boyd, The Guardian

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Listen: Discussing the Essay with Robert Bound on Monocle radio

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Listen here:

https://monocle.com/radio/shows/culture-with-robert-bound/299/

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Picture: Donating books for the Grenfell Tower fund at the Newham Bookshop

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Support here:

http://www.newhambooks.co.uk/2017/grenfellraffle.php

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Read: Park Strife, piece for The Idler on parks

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Read online here:

http://idler.co.uk/article/park-strife/

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Interview: speaking to Andrew Stevens at 3AM magazine about parks, the seaside and much else beside

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Read in full here:

http://www.3ammagazine.com/3am/park-entries-travis-elborough/

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Event: Are You Ready?, Museum of London, 17 June 5pm

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June 15, 2017 · 8:25 am

Picture: Speaking at the Camberley International Festival

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June 12, 2017 · 7:10 am

Event: Camberley Festival, The Bear, Park Street, 10 June, 3pm

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June 6, 2017 · 8:30 am

Events: Stoke Newington Literary Festival, 3rd and 4th June

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3 June – 7pm – Stoke Newington Literary Festival, speaking to Paul Morley about Marc Bolan and David Bowie, Abney Hall, London N16
http://www.stokenewingtonliteraryfestival.com/snlf_events/let-all-the-children-boogie-bolan-bowie-the-glam-rock-revolution/

4 June – 2pm- Stoke Newington Literary Festival, with John Grindrod and Helen Griffiths, The Old Church, London N16
http://www.stokenewingtonliteraryfestival.com/snlf_events/green-pleasant-city/

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Event: A Walk in the Park talk, 26 May, 7pm The Beacon, Hastings, East Sussex, TN34 3LS

Details here:

http://www.chelseafringe.com/event/alexandra-park-mini-chelsea-a-walk-in-the-park/

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