South of the River history conference 17 & 18 May

To register:

KW302 and KW303, King William Court, Greenwich Campus

Thursday 17 May (KW302)

09:30-10:00 – Registration and Welcome (KW302)

PANEL ONE (Chair: Justine Baillie)

10:00-10:30 Claire Sheridan (University of Greenwich) – Romanticism in Sydenham

10:30-11:00 Elena Nistor (University of Agronomic Sciences and Veterinary Medicine of Bucharest) – Urban Poetics in Hylda Sims’s Reaching Peckham (2009)

11:00-11:30 – Break

PANEL TWO (Chair: Yasmin Begum)

11:30-12:00 Tahseen Choudhury (University of Greenwich Alumni) – South Asians and South London in Hanif Kureishi’s The Buddha of Suburbia

12:00-12:30 Jenny Bavidge (University of Cambridge) – Bastables and Borribles: Children’s Literature South of the River

12:30-13:00 Daniel O’Brien (University of Hertfordshire) – The All-Male Family in South  London Film

13:00-14:00 – Lunch

PANEL THREE (Chair: Claire Sheridan)

14:00-14:30 – Catherine Freeman (University of Greenwich) – ‘My Dear Miss’: News back from Old Girls to their schools in Surrey at the end of the long nineteenth century

14:30-15:00 – Ade Solanke (University of Greenwich) – By the Rivers of Babylon: An extract from a new play imagining Phillis Wheatley’s visit to the Painted Hall in
1773 when she came to London to publish her collection of poetry; the first by an African and second by a woman

15:00-15:30 – Break

15:45-16:45 – KEYNOTE: Professor Brycchan Carey (Northumbria University)  – Gravesend Hoys, Maze Hill Miracles, and Vauxhall Vanities: Ignatius Sancho and Olaudah Equiano on the South Bank of the Thames

16:45-17:30 – Wine Reception

17:30 – Guest Author: Blake Morrison, discussing his novel South of the River, introduced by Professor Helen Carr (Emeritus, Goldsmiths)

19:00 – Conference Barbecue (Queen Anne Courtyard – indoors in the case of poor  weather)

Friday 18 May (KW303)

09:30-10:30 – KEYNOTE: Professor John Williams (Emeritus, University of Greenwich)
We builded Jerusalem as a city & a temple; from Lambeth
We began our foundations: The Romantic Period Legacy for Writing London: North and South

10:30-11:00 – Break

PANEL FOUR (Chair: Justine Baillie)
11:00-11:30 – Paul Mersh (University of Greenwich) – The Social Memory of General Gordon in Gravesend

11:30-12:00 – Peter Jones (Institute of Historical Research, University of London) – A ‘Royal Academy over the Water’?: Transpontine Theatre and the Proving Grounds for Popularity

12:00-12:30 – Gillian Stacey (University of Greenwich) – ‘Doctor, doctor, I think I’m a clock. Well don’t go getting all wound up about it’: Apertures in Time and Place
in Ali Smith’s There but for the

12:30-13:00 – Mary Clare Martin (University of Greenwich) – Love, Letters, Monuments and the Life-Cycle, 1885-1953: The Donaldsons in South London and Westminster

13:00-14:00    Lunch

14:00-15:30 – Poetry Panel: Edmund Hardy, S J Fowler, Amy Cutler & Tom Chivers (introduced by Emily Critchley, University of Greenwich) -Creative Chorographies South of the River

15:30-16:15 – Screening and discussion of short film, ‘Living at Thamesmead’, Produced and Directed by Charmain and Jack Saward

16:15-17:00 – Closing plenary and coffee: Round table discussion


About seancreighton1947

Since moving to Norbury in July 2011 I have been active on local economy, housing and environment issues with Croydon TUC and Croydon Assembly. I am a member of the Love Norbury Residents Associations Planning & Transport Committees, and Chair of Nobury Community Land Trust. I write for Croydon Citizen at I co-ordinate the Samuel Coleridge-Taylor and Croydon Radical History Networks and edit the North East Popular Politics database. History Project.. I give history talks and lead history walks. I retired in 2012 having worked in the community/voluntary sector and on heritage projects. My history interests include labour movement, mutuality, Black British, slavery & abolition, Edwardian roller skating and the social and political use of music and song. I have a particular interest in the histories of Battersea and Wandsworth, Croydon and Lambeth. I have a publishing imprint History & Social Action Publications.
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