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Institute of Continuing Education (ICE)

In conversation with Dr Midge Gillies

Derek Niemann, creative writing tutor and author, will be talking to Dr Midge Gillies, Academic Director of Creative Writing, about how she wrote and researched her new book, Piccadilly, The Circus at the Heart of London.

From the moment they emerge, blinking from the underground station, visitors to Piccadilly Circus face a sensory assault. Its streets and alleyway create an intoxicating thoroughfare, with the power to propel an individual onwards to adventure, romance, or something more sinister. Piccadilly explores how the area has been shaped by social and historical events - from female suffrage to world wars to technological advancements - and by its colourful cast of characters - from flower girls, shop assistants and sex workers, to film stars, Bright Young Things and conmen. Campaigners, revellers, opportunists and romantics have all been drawn to Piccadilly’s bright lights.

Attendees of this event will have the chance to win a signed copy of Midge's book 'Piccadilly, The Circus at the Heart of London'. Read the giveaway terms and conditions here.

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Event date

Thursday, 27 October, 2022 - 19:00