Viva USA!

November 17, 2016
It's hard as a writer not to be effected by politics. George Orwell's life long literary mission was to make political writing an art form and he certainly achieved this. But I like to think I'm an optimist. What has happened in the USA, with the election of a reality star and businessman to the post of President, needs watching by all free thinking individuals. But we also need to understand how many in the world no longer trust 'them' - and see increasing globalisation changing their worlds and not for the better!

I have family in the USA and I've always liked Americans.  Certainly the Americans who have been on the Literary Pub Crawl.  To a person, they've been lovely - fun, open and smart!



All we can do as artists is keep writing, keep touching and moving people and adding our voice.

Good luck, Donald Trump. We'll be watching and writing.
 

Autumn in the Pub with Hemingway.

November 6, 2016

So the clocks have gone back in the UK, marking the end of British Summer Time. It used to depress me a bit - the long dark nights and lack of sunshine. But actually, London takes on a different quality in the winter. But it is still quality! It's a good time for walks around some of our fantastic parks and heaths and pub wise there's a few little gems to check out.


Favourites have got to include The Dove on the riverside in Hammersmith in West London. You will have seen this pub if you've eve...


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Why Bob Dylan deserves his Nobel prize in literature

October 29, 2016

We were all a bit surprised when Bob Dylan was awarded his Nobel prize for literature.  Our Charles Dickens Christmas Crawl stops at the very pub where Bob Dylan gave his first ever public performance outside the USA!  This is what Richard Brown, Reader in Modern Literature at the University of Leeds thought about it.




To the surprise of many, Bob Dylan has become the first singer-songwriter to win the Nobel prize in literature.


As the news broke, I was in the middle of teaching James Joyce to s...


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The Edinburgh festivals: how they became the world's biggest arts event

August 6, 2016

Our writer Nick Hennegan has taken numerous productions to Edinburgh and on our Podcast Page you can hear reports from 2015.  As the fringe opened this week, we thought you might find this of interest.

By Kenneth Wardrop, Edinburgh Napier University and Anna Leask, Edinburgh Napier University

The Edinburgh Festival is upon us again, a three-week spectacular that turns the Scottish capital into the biggest arts destination on the planet. It is in fact a number of different festivals, with ...


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Can Reading Fiction literally change your mind?

July 21, 2016

As you may know, our promenade performance tour is seeped in the lives of some of the most famous writers in the world.  So this article, by Gregory Currie, the Professor and Head of Department of Philosophy at the University of York is interesting.  It was first published in The Conversation.



If you are committed to the pleasures of reading you may be pleased to discover that there is evidence to suggest that reading fiction is good for you. In a paper published in Trends in Cognitive Science...


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About Us


Nick Hennegan Hello. I'm Nick Hennegan and I started the London Literary Pub Crawl. 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 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 @ LondonLiteraryPubCrawl.com - I reply to them all and I love to hear from you.

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