Our Chaucerian pilgrimage was featured today in the BBC2 documentary, Pilgrimage with Simon Reeve. Look out for us at 34:30.
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.
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.
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
A whistle-stop guide to Oxford in the Guardian today. You can read it here.
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.
My tour of London’s cheesiest spots on p.9 of Time Out today.
Today I was walking around Wapping, researching a guided audio tour of the Ratcliffe Highway Murders for PocketGuide. Watch this space…
Today Curiocity led a cheese walk through London for Google+! We buried cheeses, rolled cheeses and tasted fourteen different varieties.
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.
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.
Thrilled to have a review of Curiocity Issue B on the Time Out blog. Read the full review here.
Thursday 10 May, 6.30-11pm, No.7 Market Row, Brixton, SW9 8LB
Excellent write up in the Londonist.
Free tickets here.
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
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”
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…
This 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.