Picture: Interviewing Luke Haines at the Regent St cinema

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Event: Wish You Were Here, 5th July, 11 am, Lecture Theatre, National Maritime Museum, Park Row, Greenwich. London SE10 9NF

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‘Ranging from Jane Austen to Agatha Christie and to the Prince Regent via Billy Butlin and Brighton Rock, Travis Elborough explores our often masochistic love affair with the seaside.

Travis Elborough traces the development of the British seaside in order to examine how our ideas about health, wealth and happiness evolved. Our aspirations and snobbery, our attitudes to sex, our keen sense of fair play, our chequered relationship with national pride and our ability to laugh at ourselves have all been played out against a backdrop of stormy skies, pebbly beaches and sticks of rock.’

Read more at https://www.rmg.co.uk/see-do/exhibitions-events/maritime-lecture-series-england-on-sea#XZzHfS2ZtRfBB8XX.99

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Event: On the Record with Garth Cartwright on 14 June, 6pm, Matters of Vinyl Importance, N1

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‘It is now seventy years since Columbia records launched their long-playing record in the summer of 1948. This revolutionary innovation ushered in the era of vinyl as the format for the music that would soundtrack so many lives.

First published ten years ago when the iPod ruled supreme and a vinyl revival seemed an unlikely prospect Travis Elborough’s The Long-Player Goodbye was immediately acclaimed as a brilliant piece of popular history that explored how vinyl changed our world.

The book became the basis for the BBC4 documentary When Albums Ruled the World in which he also appeared.

In Going For A Song Garth Cartwright charts the secret history of the UK record shop, from the age of the wax cylinder to the days of dubstep and the resurgence of vinyl and covering the whole colourful story of UK record-buying, from market traders selling music-hall 78s to ravers demanding Detroit techno.’

More info and to book for tickets here:

https://mattersofvinylimportance.com/blogs/news/on-the-record-with-garth-cartwright-travis-elborough-thursday-14th-june

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Picture: At the Stoke Newington Literary Festival

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Picture with Gabriella Apicella @storytails

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Event: A Walk in the Park talk at Wandsworth Heritage Festival, 6 June 6.45pm, Putney Library, 5-7 Disraeli Road SW15 2DR

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• FREE
• Please book in advance: Charlene.Coleman@gll.org or 020 8780 3085

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Events: Stoke Newington Literary Festival, 1-3 June 2018

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I am doing a couple of events over the weekend, details and links below:

Going for a Song.
£5. Time – 18:00, Saturday 2nd June. Venue – Ryan’s Bar

As the LP record celebrates its 70th birthday we join journalist, DJ, music promoter and author of Going for a Song, Garth Cartwright, and social historian and author of The Long-Player Goodbye, Travis Elborough, on a good old rummage through the secret history of the UK record shop.

http://www.stokenewingtonliteraryfestival.com/snlf_events/going-for-a-song/

Capital Chroniclers.
£5. Time – 15:00, Sunday 3rd June. Venue – Library Gallery

In an age when letter writing is dying out but our lives have never been more documented in blogs, Instagram and Facebook posts Travis Elborough (editor of the acclaimed Our History of the 20th Century: As Told in Diaries, Journals and Letters) and Margaret Willes (author of The Curious World of Samuel Pepys and John Evelyn) explore how diaries have illuminated London’s history and discuss what the social historians of the future might use to unravel life in our city in the early twenty-first century.

http://www.stokenewingtonliteraryfestival.com/snlf_events/capital-chroniclers/

 

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Picture: Interviewing Mel McGrath at The Broadway Bookshop

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