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Featured in ‘Pilgrimage with Simon Reeve’

Our Chaucerian pilgrimage was featured today in the BBC2 documentary, Pilgrimage with Simon Reeve. Look out for us at 34:30.

William Blake’s Birthday

Curiocity held an event today to celebrate William Blake’s birthday. A group of 30 pilgrims carried candles around Soho, we heard Mark Mason, Robert Kingham and John Rogers speak, as well as readings from members of the company. We held a druidic ritual in Poland Street, Waterstones Piccadilly gave us drinks and Tim Heath, Chairman of the Blake Society, welcomed us into 17 South Molton Street, the last of Blake’s London residences to have survived.

Philip Pullman, President of the Blake Society, recorded this interview beforehand, at Blake’s grave in Bunhill Fields Burial Ground.

Uffington Horse in the Guardian

A short piece on the Bronze Age Uffington White Horse in the Guardian today, including an interview with Candida Lycett Green, Sir John Betjeman’s daughter. Read the article here.

Blenheim Maze in the Guardian

Short piece about the Marlborough Maze at Blenheim Palace in the Guardian today. Read the article here. Ties in nicely with my mazes documentary

Curious City – 5th March

 

To celebrate the launch of our third issue, Curiocity invites you to CURIOUS CITY, an unusual evening of film and conversation. Within the medieval walls of St Ethelburga’s Church, nestled in the heart of the City of London, we will hear

Mark Mason, author of Walk the Lines, talk about unusual ways of exploring the City; followed by a screening of

Men of the City, the extraordinary and moving documentary by filmmaker Marc Isaacs, with a

Q&A by Marc himself and some of the men in the film.

Tickets are £7.50. You can reserve your place here. Book early to avoid disappointment!

Tuesday 5th March, 6.30pm

St Ethelburga’s Church, Bishopsgate, EC2N 4AG

Quick tour of Oxford in the Guardian today

A whistle-stop guide to Oxford in the Guardian today. You can read it here.

Oxford Map in Guardian

I interviewed a number of interesting Oxford residents, including Philip Pullman, Colin Dexter and Richard Dawkins, and wrote them up for this Guardian map of Oxford. You can read it and download a PDF of the map here.

Central Line curiosities for the Guardian

As part of the Guardian’s celebration of the 150th Anniversary of the London Underground, I wrote a guide to unusual things to do along the Central Line. You can read it here.

Cheese Tour in Time Out

My tour of London’s cheesiest spots on p.9 of Time Out today.

Issue C nearing completion!

We are getting very excited about Curiocity Issue C. Here’s a sneak preview of the cover… We’ve been working with film director and ace Curiocity designer Tom Kingsley (www.tomkingsley.com) to put in the finishing touches. Hoping to publish at the start of November!

Canterbury Tales in the London Magazine

My piece on our Canterbury Tales pilgrimage was published today in the London Magazine, October-November issue. Includes pictures of Adam Crick as Chaucer and Alison Stanley as the Second Nun!

Ratcliffe Research

Today I was walking around Wapping, researching a guided audio tour of the Ratcliffe Highway Murders for PocketGuide. Watch this space…

 

Dickens Night Walk

Last night I walked the route that Dickens walked when he couldn’t sleep. I set off from Wellington Street at midnight with the theatre director Oli Rose and didn’t get to bed till 4am. On Whitehall at 3.30 I saw this satanic cycle rickshaw. Watch this space for a guided walk

Cheese walk

Today Curiocity led a cheese walk through London for Google+! We buried cheeses, rolled cheeses and tasted fourteen different varieties.

Waste Land in the Guardian!

My write-up of the Waste Land walk was published in the Guardian today! With photos and clips of TS Eliot reading the poem. Read the article here.

Olympics Opening Ceremony

Amazing night! Unbelievable feeling to walk out into the stadium with such a crowd and with such an electric atmosphere. Even better to be dressed as Paul McCartney. Check out the film I made backstage.

Waste Land Walk

Today I led a perambulatory group reading of TS Eliot’s The Waste Land, from the East London Cemetery in West Ham to London Bridge. We took in the Greenway, the Olympic Park, Regional Waste Recycling’s wet slurry centre, the River Lee, Trinity Buoy Wharf, Canary Wharf, the Wapping Project, Tobacco Dock and the Tower of London, as well as most of the locations mentioned in the poem.

Robert Macfarlane article

Rob Macfarlane, author of The Old Ways, mentioned our Canterbury walk in his article about pilgrimage in the Guardian today.

Canterbury Tales in the Guardian!

My multimedia account of the Canterbury Tales walk is published on the Guardian website! With photos, videos and audio clips. Click here to read the full article.

Time Out review of Curiocity

Thrilled to have a review of Curiocity Issue B on the Time Out blog. Read the full review here.

London On Foot

Announcing London on Foot, a Curiocity event in Seven at Brixton.

Thursday 10 May, 6.30-11pm, No.7 Market Row, Brixton, SW9 8LB

Excellent write up in the Londonist.

Talks from Tom Jones and Tom Bolton and a screening of The London Perambulator (45mins) followed by a Q&A with Nick Papadimitriou (star) and John Rogers (director).

Free tickets here.

 

…the hooly blisful martir for to seke!

Today we arrived in Canterbury! We walked the last half mile from St Dunstan’s Church to the Cathedral barefoot. We’ve now raised over £10,000 for the National Literacy Trust!

Look back over our progress on twitter: @Canterbury2012

Curiocity Issue B Reviews

A selection of great reviews for Curiocity Issue B in

  • The Londonist – “Even the most trenchant of London trivia collectors will be facted to the edge of rapture”
  • sketchesbyboz – “Beautifully executed vignettes”
  • Ornamental Passions – “the counter-revolution against digital maps”
  • Tiki Chris – “packed full of interesting tidbits, cool things to do and plenty of quirk”

To Caunterbury they wende…

Today, 625 years to the day since Chaucer’s pilgrims in the Canterbury Tales set off from Southwark, we started the the 65-mile route to Canterbury. We’ve already raised over £7,000 for the National Literacy Trust.

Canterbury Tales in the Indie on Sunday

Canterbury Tales 2012 was featured today in a full-page article in the Independent on Sunday. Read the full article here.

Specific Role in the Opening Ceremony

Today I received an email from the London 2012 Ceremonies team: I have been selected to perform an ‘exciting specific role’ in the spectacular sequence of the London 2012 Olympics Opening Ceremony! I don’t yet know what this will involve…

Cycling to Canterbury

Cyclist with chickensThis week I cycled to Canterbury to scout the route ahead of next month’s pilgrimage.

It took two days to cycle with Ed Posnett, pictured here with Chanticleer and friends. Ed will be the Summoner in April.

Curiocity Issue B on sale!

Cover of magazine

Curiocity is on sale online and across London as of this week!

The centrepiece is Andy Wimbush’s amazing Alternative London Zoo.