Radical booksellers Housmans invites us all to laud London's rebellious nature in a series of talks starting next week — though anyone looking for a full take-down of the state should probably check out their nearest anarchists' meeting. Don't be scared of the lefties, they're very gentle.
Let's start with the most popular: you will definitely need to RSVP to book your place at Iain Sinclair's talk on 29 July about his time walking the Overground lines, and its accompanying social change. Iain Sinclair + trains + gentrification = London geek out, so email firstname.lastname@example.org to bag a spot.
The others are no less interesting, albeit less famous. Matthew Beaumont uncovers the writers — including Dickens and Shakespeare — who strolled around the city at night; Bidisha reveals the stories of refugees and asylum seekers who've sought safety in London; David Rosenberg takes us on a (not literal) tour of London's history of protest and struggle; Will Horwitz from Changing London discusses ideas that the next mayor should take up; and Jill Liddington and Elizabeth Oakley mark the 150th anniversary of pacifist and votes for women campaigner Laurence Housman, who the bookshop is named for.
London's Burning runs on Wednesdays between 1 July-5 August, at Housmans Bookshop, 5 Caledonian Road N1. Tickets £3, redeemable against any purchase.