Rachel Lichtenstein introduces us to an extraordinary cast of characters including diamond dealers, goldsmiths, jewellers, lapidaries, sewer flushers, artists, geologists, and visionaries, as she celebrates the launch of The Diamond Street App, which uses content from her latest critically acclaimed book, Diamond Street: The Hidden World of Hatton Garden (Hamish Hamilton, 2012)
Rachel Lichtenstein’s Worlds Literature Festival salon provocation introduced her groundbreaking digital app Diamond Street based on her book of the same name.
In this illustrated talk, Rachel Lichtenstein reveals some of the extraordinary stories she uncovered whilst researching her latest book Diamond Street - The Hidden World of Hatton Garden.
Rachel Lichtenstein will discuss the research, production and development of The Diamond Street App: a freely downloadable GPS-activated, rich media digital app for smartphones and tablets, which takes readers on a journey through the historic jewellery quarter of Hatton Garden and the stories in her latest book Diamond Street.
Guided demonstration on site in Hatton Garden of the Diamond Street App & launch event at Ye Old Mitre pub, booking essential
Contemporary writers reflect on some of the novels and novelists that have defined our sense of the city’s past, present and future. Three of the volume’s contributors will be at the shop to discuss their chosen writers, and London in literature more generally, with Andrew Whitehead, the book’s co-editor. The historian Rachel Lichtenstein discusses Simon Blumenfeld’s 1935 novel Jew Boy; novelist Cathi Unsworth will talk about Lynne Reid Banks’s The L-Shaped Room from 1960; and the critic and memoirist Lisa Gee brings the selection up to date with Zadie Smith’s White Teeth.
Over the past few months I have been recording the memories of people who have spent their working lives on the Thames Estuary. I've collected some extraordinary stories and meet some amazing individuals - fishermen, cocklers, lightermen, river pilots and the first woman to work the patrol boats to name a few. During the research for this project I journeyed along the river in different vessels, from a kayak to a Thames barge to a container ship. Edited versions of these oral history interviews have been merged with ambient sound recordings from the estuary and photographic portraits by James Price to create the short film Estuary: Working Lives.
This is a free event, booking essential contact Ben Eastop: email@example.com m - 07811 824 165
Writers Rachel Lichtenstein and Tom Chivers delve underneath the streets of London to reveal its lost rivers and hidden geology as they share their research and discoveries of recent subterranean explorations.
Rachel Lichtenstein discusses her latest book Diamond Street
Rachel Lichtenstein and Alan Dein in conversation with readings