London Fictions is a book about London, real and imagined. Two dozen contemporary writers, from Cathi Unsworth to Courttia Newland, reflect on some of the novelists and the novels that have helped define the modern ity, from George Gissing to Zadie Smith, Hangover Square to Brick Lane.

This novel by Robert Poole (originally published in 1961) set in and around Brick Lane during and directly after the blitz, documents the war years, when the Jewish and white working class communities were still very present in the area and the first Asian migrants were beginning to settle there. The relationships and tensions between these different groups is told with an attention to detail that suggests true to life fiction.


In 2009 Rachel Lichtenstein came into residence with the arts organisation Metal, to help them explore and understand the long history of their new headquarters Chalkwell Hall in Essex. Using a number of methodologies she wrote a comprehensive essay on the building alongside developing a short film about her research (with filmmaker Sean Groth), which can be viewed as a permanent artwork in Chalkwell Hall.

London is the World’s most happening city and in City Lit London over sixty popular writers celebrate the ever-changing landscape of this amazing metropolis. Will Self gets inside the head of a London cabby … Jan Morris flies into Heathrow … … Alan Bennett gives us a ride in the Queen’s carriage … Rachel Lichtenstein takes us for a walk down Brick Lane……Xiaolu Guo enjoys a greasy spoon in Hackney… Sam Selvon recalls the boat train arriving from Trinidad … Dostoyevsky strolls down the Haymarket … Barbara Cartland takes us to a West End ball … and much, much more.

Welcome to the real, unauthorised London: the disappeared, the unapproved, the unvoiced, the mythical and the all-but forgotten. This anthology of London writing, edited by Iain Sinclair, with contributions by J. G. Ballard, Will Self, Marina Warner, Michael Moorcock, Rachel Lichtenstein and others, is the perfect companion to the city.

Our Story was a creative project with Lauriston School (an inner city primary in Hackney), led by writer and artist Rachel Lichtenstein and funded by Creative Partnerships. Children, parents and teachers from Lauriston explored and investigated their own family histories and local area; examining documents, interviewing family members, researching the background stories of photographs and treasured objects. This publication documents a small portion of the work that was developed during this project.

Rachel Lichtenstein was the British Library's first Pearson Creative Research Fellow. Over a period of 18 months she worked on her own investigative arts project, based on a selection of original handwritten manuscripts from the library's collection. Her work culminated in a photographic installation and a book entitled Add. 17469: A Little Dust Whispered.

A publication by Rachel Lichtenstein to accompany the exhibition Keeping Pace she curated at the Women’s Library in 2003, which celebrated the lives of older women in the East End through oral testimony, visual art and personal memorabilia.

Rodinsky’s Whitechapel (Artangel, 1999) was commissioned as part of the INNERcity series, which encouraged writers and artists to excavate a range of urban environments and to contemplate the changing nature of the city and the counterpoint between narrative and place, between language and location.

Lichtenstein’s artist’s guidebook Rodinsky’s Whitechapel takes readers on a walking tour past sites and buildings, which played an important role not only in Rodinsky’s life, but also in Lichtenstein’s own.

The walk also highlights the last remnants of many important locations of the once vibrant but now quickly vanishing Jewish East End.

In 2001 the Whitechapel Gallery celebrated its centenary with an exhibition and accompanying centennial catalogue, with essays by Jonathan Jones, Jeremy Millar, Guy Brett, Mark Francis, Catherine Lampert, Jon Newman, Juliet Styen, Marco Livingstone, Felicity Lunn, Paul Bonaventura, Rachel Lichtenstein and Alan Dein, Janeen Haythornthwaite and Brandon Taylor.