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November 23 @ 10:15 am - 11:30 am

The narrative of place is so bound up with British identity – but what does it actually mean?

Come and explore the quirks and trappings of identity and its facets in a morning by the sea with Travis Elborough and Mel McGrath.

Travis Elborough has been described by The Guardian as ‘one of the country’s finest pop culture historians’, Travis Elborough has been author, broadcaster and cultural commentator for nearly two decade now. His acclaimed books include Wish You Were Here, a survey of the British beside the sea, and The Long-Player Goodbye, a hymn to vinyl records that inspired the BBC4 documentary When Albums Ruled the World, in which he also appeared.

Travis will be reading from Wish You Were Here, touching on the infamous Mods and Rockers riots in the 60s, and explaining the importance of the seaside to British life.

Melanie McGrath was born in Essex, and is the author of critically acclaimed, bestselling non-fiction about the East End of London (Silvertown and Hopping). She can trace her family back 300 years in the East End and City of London. She also writes for the national press and is a regular broadcaster on radio. Her work is published in twenty languages. Melanie lives and works in London.

Her book Pie and Mash on Roman Road explores humble cafes and how the meals eaten in them opens doors onto a rich working class social history – and how the integral parts of ‘British’ foods are often immigrants.

Go on, treat yourself to one of our super ticket offers.

Inspiration Special

A ticket for the Bookie Slam, Vanguard Readings and Happiness, Creativity and Writing – a tenner to you!

Saturday Ticket

A Sense of Place, Vanguard Readings, Postcards from the Past Podcast, a Love of Two Halves AND Louis de Bernieres . You’ve got the lot for twenty notes!

Sunday Ticket

Alison Weir, Elise Valmorbida and Vanessa King, Mark Billingham, Self Made Hero and a wee dram at One for the Road. Twenty-four quid!


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