Review of 2014.

January 12, 2015

We started 2014 in the shadow of the previous year.

My experiment with theatre in a pub, as opposed to Pub Theatre as it's understood in London, had proved very successful in 2013.  I managed to get the rights to produce Under Milk Wood on the 60th anniversary of Dylan Thomas' death.  It proved a success in a number of ways, but mainly though conversations with the excellent veteran theatre director John Adams.  John was not available to direct, but he recommended a former student of his who had worked with him on a recent Shakespeare.  And so I met Katie Merritt, a lovely artist who not only completely got what we are trying to do with Maverick but has a talent for our preferred style of physical theatre.

On the back of the success of Under Milk Wood - we created a visceral, intimate production - Katie became an associate director with Maverick.

The literary pub crawl went from strength to strength in 2014. In fact we suffered somewhat in the summer with a glut of bookings.  If you are a regular supporter of Maverick you will know customer service is VERY IMPORTANT to us.  Hopefully we've sorted that now.  

This year I began a regular radio show on London Arts Radio station Resonance 104.4fm.  The one hour radio show is broadcast every Friday night from 7pm - 8pm and is then repeated every Wednesday morning from 7-8am. It's called Literary London and is a great opportunity for me to meet and chat with some of the movers and shakers in the literary world and we talk about all sorts - literary process, the business of being a writer and general passions. The shows are recorded and are now on iTunes and on our websites ‘Podcast’ page.

We produced a new play by Sue Blundell, 189 Pieces at the British Museum.  I also re-discovered George Orwell. Down and out in Paris and London reminded me of some of the jobs I've done in the past.  Then this week I finished Keep the Aspidistra Flying and although he moans a lot, I completely felt for Gordon Comstock.  

And now we have the rights to do Animal Farm.  Orwell always wanted to elevate political writing into an art form and blimey, he did that all right!  Even though 2014 has been the year of Dylan Thomas and I've had a great time with that - and we’re going to be doing something for the first international Dylan Thomas Day in May - I'm looking forward to sharing my love of Orwell with you and generally producing more theatre in more accessible, informal spaces. In addition I edited and we published our first Maverick book. Confessions of a Butcher Boy, the memoir of Birmingham butcher, Norman Raybone.  An exceptional story of an average working man.

Watch this space! Happy New Year! 

 

Merry Christmas (Part Deux) and a Happy New Year!

December 31, 2014

From all of us here at Lit Pub Crawl towers.  May you have a happy and fulfilling Christmas and a peaceful New Year.  We loves ya, you know that, don't ya...!

Nick, Katie and all the Charles Dickens' and Virginia Woolfs'
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Merry Christmas!

December 25, 2014

A VISIT FROM SAINT NICHOLAS

BY CLEMENT CLARKE MOORE
(WHO DOESN'T FEATURE ON THE LONDON LITERARY PUB CRAWL.YET.)

'Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house
Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse;
The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,
In hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there;
The children were nestled all snug in theirbeds,
While visions of sugar-plums danced through their heads;
And mamma in her kerchief, and I in my cap,
Had just settled our brains for a long ...


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Dylan, my Dylan.

November 8, 2014

 
So the Dylan Thomas in Fitzrovia Festival is now over.  Although only really on the periphery of the organisation it's been a part of my life and certainly large in my thoughts for most of this year.  
Pub crawl walks were part of Griff Rhys Jones' original thinking for the festival which he conceived with Dylan's granddaughter, Hannah Ellis and actor Jason Morrell.  It became far more than a tour of Dylan Thomas' Fitzrovia Pubs of course. And I have to say the final, fantastic Gala Performa...

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National UK Poetry Day, by our writer and producer, Nick!

October 2, 2014

Thursday, 2 October 2014

National Poetry Day - have a go!

I've been spending a lot of time recently with the poetry of Dylan Thomas and numerous writers for the London Literary Pub Crawl and the forthcoming Dylan Thomas in Fitzrovia Weekend in London. More about that later.  But in spite of the genius of Thomas, Heany and dozens of others, I've found I quite like writing poetry.  I've no idea of technical form or how to do it or even why I like writing it, but it's an interesting way of encapsu...

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About Me


Nick Hennegan Hello. I started the London Literary Pub Crawl and most of the blogs on here will be by me. I've always written but my first theatrical success was an adaptation of Shakespeare's 'Henry V'. I founded Maverick Theatre in 1994. This pub crawl is really more a promenade theatre performance than a tour and I'm running it with Katie Merritt, who came on board to direct in 2014 and a bunch of enthusiastic local actors and writers. I love sharing my passion for the area and the artists. I also present a radio show on Resonance 104.4fm - London's Arts Station. It's called 'Literary London' and is on Fridays at 7pm (and repeated Weds at 7am.) If you haven't visited us in London yet, I hope you'll come soon. And feel free to leave comments or email me at nick @ LiteraryLondon.co - I reply to them all and I love to hear from you.
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