Writing London

On 7th May, CityRead brought together a panel of writers at The British Library in partnership with The Royal Society of Literature to discuss the joys and challenges of our ever-evolving capital city. Sebastian Faulks, Ben Aaronovitch, Claire Tomalin and Louisa Young discussed their relationships with the city and how they see their post-Dickensian London. As a person who has a love/hate relationship with the city, I was intrigued to hear whether these novelists felt the same.

Apparently not, as most agreed with Aaronovitch who beamed “My relationship with London is that I love it to death” but what saddens the writers about our beloved city? The general consensus was the housing crisis, sadly forcing many young creatives out.


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