The Londonist Literary List

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The Londonist Literary List

The Londonist Literary List appears every Tuesday. If you’d like to bring an event to our attention, please email

Tuesday 27 June

Is there such a thing as Women’s Journalism? Eleanor Mills, co-editor of Cupcakes and Kalashnikovs - 100 Years of the Best Journalism by Women, argues that women have a special strength when they put themselves and their point of view into what they write, giving examples from the last century. 6.30pm (£6/£4) at the British Library Conference Centre, St Pancras.

Ambit Books is celebrating the release of the second in their 'Here from Elsewhere' series of poetry collections at the Owl Bookshop, 209 Kentish Town Road, NW5 at 6.30pm. Here’s an extract:

Sir Winston Churchill Knew My Mother

by Satyendra Srivastava

And Sir Winston knew this too that

In India some women who

Worshipped that same naked fakir as a father

Had laid down one day in the town of Mussoorie

In rows in the road and prevented the units

Of soldiers of the British Empire from going further

And among them had been some women who

Heavy with child could have given birth at any moment

Therefore exactly for this reason I

Went to Hyde Park Gate as soon as

I reached London

Stood in front of Sir Winston¹s shut house

Bowed respectfully, then spoke out loudly

ŒYou, sir Winston, knew my mother

Pregnant in her eighth month

Having received my father¹s blessing

She too laid down in

That road in Mussoorie

From where the army units had to return ¬

I am the son born from that mother¹s womb

And Satyendra is my name

And I have come to tell you

That I have now arrived in England.¹

Wednesday 28 June

Mother told us never to talk God or politics with company, but the debate tonight "Prurience or privilege: Are politicians entitled to a private life?" between a newspaper editor, a politician, a legal practitioner and a legal academic discussing the right to privacy of politicians in the public eye is worth a small infringement. 18.30-21.00 at the British Library Conference Centre, St Pancras, £10.00 (concessions £7.50) Glass of wine included.

Thursday 29 June

Robert Chandler, shortlisted for the 2005 Rossica Translation Prize, gives a talk on Platonov at 7pm entitled 'Without Food or God', before a ahortened Platonov's 'Fourteen Little Red Huts' is performed. Tickets & Address Details.

Last Updated 27 June 2006