“This is a journal of journeys, urban excursions which take place both now and then, in times plural and space singular; one city, many cities.”
Come and listen to Robert Elms talk about his new book “London Made Us: a memoir of a shape-shifting city” at Southwark Cathedral on Thursday 25 April.
Tickets are £8, but the Cathedral have made 25 available to London Society members at the special price of just £6 – book on their website here using the promo code LondonSocietyElms
Robert Elms has seen his beloved city change beyond all imagining. London in his lifetime has morphed from a piratical, still bomb-scarred playground, to a swish cosmopolitan metropolis. Motorways driven through lost communities, murder miles becoming estate agents’ dreams, accents changing, towers appearing. Yet still it remains to him the greatest place on earth.
Elms takes us back through time and place to myriad Londons. He is our guide through a place that has seen scientific experiments conducted in subterranean lairs, a small community declare itself an independent nation and animals of varying exoticism roam free through its streets; a place his great-great-grandfather made the Elms’ home over a century ago and a city that has borne witness to epoch- and world-changing events.
Robert Elms is a broadcaster and writer, well-loved for his eponymous radio show on BBC Radio London. Elms started out as a journalist, writing for The Face and NME. He is a Londoner through and through, growing up in West London and living in the city for most of his life.
To buy tickets at the discounted price of £6, visit the Cathedral’s Eventbrite page here using the promo code LondonSocietyElms