Last summer, The Culture Capital Exchange commissioned me to devise a guided walk of Holborn locations featured in my novel The Fountain in the Forest. The walk – for about a dozen participants – was part of the programme for ‘Refresh, Reboot, Retool: new imaginaries for challenging times’, TCCE’s summer symposium 2018 at the historic Art Workers’ Guild on Queen Square.
Now I’m going to be doing the guided walk again on 15 February from 3–5pm, with all proceeds going to trail-blazing London arts radio station Resonance FM’s annual fundraiser 2019.
Join me, starting at the memorial to the Zeppelin attack of 1915 in Queen Square (and probably ending in a local pub). The walk takes in many of the landmarks of ‘Rex King Country’, including the site of Wyndham Lewis’s Rebel Art Centre of 1914 on Great Ormond Street, Sid’s (a.k.a. Conduit Coffee House) on Lamb’s Conduit Street, Holborn Police Station, and the celebrated fish and chip shop Fryer’s Delight, interspersed with anecdote, local history, and readings from The Fountain in the Forest.
Resonance is a trail-blazing, not-for-profit radio station dedicated to creativity, arts and culture. Launched in 2002, our award-winning programming gives voice to the vibrant diversity of London’s thriving arts and music scenes. Resonance’s pool of creatives speak directly and expressively to an engaged and passionate audience, locally, nationally and internationally. Our 24/7 broadcast service combines Resonance FM’s signal in the City with DAB digital radio coverage across Greater London. And our experimental platform, Resonance EXTRA, features on DAB in Brighton & Hove, Bristol, Cambridge, London and Norwich. Live streaming of both stations adds to the impact of our cultural broadcasts and radio artworks. Resonance celebrates its seventeenth anniversary in 2019. We now want to consolidate, refine and grow our work. This year we need urgently to relocate our studios and broadcasting gear (the site is being redeveloped) – at considerable cost.
For max twelve participants: minimum donation £10.00 per participant – donation of £20.00 or more includes signed and dedicated copy of the novel. Please use eBay’s ‘Make An Offer’ function. Bookings must close Sunday 10 Feb, 9:00pm
There are many other wonderful items and experiences to bid for in the Resonance fundraiser 2019, from an original painting by Bob and Roberta Smith to steel band lessons, an Art Monthly subscription, or a home cooked meal by Talking Africa host Sonny Decker — do please take a look at the auction listings here.
You can even bid for a jar of my special, home made Burns Night whisky marmalade ;)