Inspired by his book “London and its genius loci – A journey beyond time and place” and conversations with Londoners, author Philipp Röttgers set up “Talks beyond time and place”.
Not to be confused with his “Walks beyond time and place“, this is a series of online conversations. Every episode features another Londoner as a guest, and Philipp and his guest chat about how London influences their lives. They also cover certain topics, depending on the individual guest. Instead of being a strict interview, it feels more like a conversation in a pub. Among his guests are scholars, historians, tour guides and more – keep your eyes open for the next guests!
Talks beyond time and place
EPISODE ONE: DAVID CHARNICK – TOPIC: PETER ACKROYD’S MONSTROUS EAST END
David Charnick is a Londoner, a historian, a writer and a qualified City tour guide. Apart from doing his own “Charnowalks“, he is part of “Footprints of London” and is employed as a tutor for tour guiding. In the first episode of “Talks beyond time and place”, David shares his strangest moments as a tour guide and explains what London as a home means to him. Based on one of David’s tours, our main topic is London biographer Peter Ackroyd and his view on London, especially on London’s “Monstrous East End”. From the “trope of the tramp” in his works to Ackroyd’s imaginary projections: Follow us into Peter Ackroyd’s powerful, majestic and dark London, which is full of shadows.
EPISODE TWO: RICHARD JONES – TOPIC: “JACK THE RIPPER” AND HIS IMPACT ON LONDON
Richard Jones is one of London’s leading walking tour guides. He started in 1982, is a Blue Badge tour guide, an author and a broadcaster. Richard has written over twenty books on various subjects from Jack the Ripper to Charles Dickens to Haunted London and Britain. He appears regularly on international television as an expert on these topics.
In the second episode of “Talks beyond time and place”, Richard shares his stories from almost 40 years of guiding and broadcasting, like working with Bruce Dickinson of Iron Maiden or leading Green Day through the East End. Richard Jones is one of the leading experts about Jack the Ripper as well, so we also talk about the Ripper murders and their impact on London.
EPISODE THREE: CAMILA OLIVEIRA – TOPIC: WILLIAM BLAKE IN POPULAR MUSIC (BRUCE DICKINSON, PATTI SMITH, THE DOORS, BOB DYLAN, ALLEN GINSBERG)
Camila Oliveira is a William Blake researcher from Brazil and she has specialized in “Blake and Music”. In her PhD thesis, she discusses Blake’s reception in popular music in the 20th and 21st century. She interviewed musicians inspired by Blake’s work, for example BRUCE DICKINSON (IRON MAIDEN), TIM BLAKE, GORDON GILTRAP and ED SANDERS. She is also a translator and translated the lyrics of IAN ANDERSON’S JETHRO TULL “Thick as a Brick 2” into Portuguese. Currently she is working on a Portuguese translation of Blake’s magnum opus “Jerusalem, the Emanation of the Giant Albion”.
In the third episode of “Talks beyond time and place”, we discuss the influence of Blake on BOB DYLAN, JIM MORRISON, ALLEN GINSBERG, PATTI SMITH and BRUCE DICKINSON. She also shares her experiences of feeling like a foreigner when living in London and we try to find out if London is female or male.
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