An immersive, intimate journey into the world of the Thames Estuary and the people who spend time there. Over many years Lichtenstein has travelled the length and breadth of this historic waterway in vessels ranging from hardy tugboats to sailing barges whilst gathering an extraordinary chorus of voices: mudlarkers and fishermen, radio pirates and champion racers, divers and oystercatchers. In this sparkling new book she captures these stories before they vanish from living memory, and merges them with personal experience of this place along with layers from different periods of history.
Introduced by Whitstable Biennale Director Sue Jones, writer Rachel Lichtenstein and artist Jeremy Millar discuss their work set in the Thames Estuary, and some of the characters and myths that inhabit this complex body of water, where the river meets the North Sea. For more information click here.
At this unique event, combining discussion, readings, sound excerpts and film, writer and local historian Rachel Lichtenstein (Rodinsky’s Room, On Brick Lane) reveals all about her latest oral history project with Sandys Row Synagogue in Spitalfields, the oldest Ashkenazi community in London. Drawing on interviews with elderly Jewish members of the synagogue, Rachel will discuss her work with photographer Phil Maxwell whose film created around the project, with Hazuan Hashim, will conclude the evening. From more information click here.
Intimately connected to London’s diamond and jewellery quarter through her family’s jewellery business, Rachel Lichtenstein reveals some of the extraordinary stories she uncovered whilst researching her latest book Diamond Street – The Hidden World of Hatton Garden
In this illustrated talk, Rachel Lichtenstein reveals some of the extraordinary stories she uncovered whilst researching her latest book Diamond Street - The Hidden World of Hatton Garden. Best known as London's diamond and jewellery quarter, this historic area of the city is also a place of underground vaults, subterranean rivers, monastic dynasties and lost landscapes. Intimately connected to the place, both through her family's jewellery business and as an artist-archivist of London streets, Lichtenstein shares the rich and surprising history of Hatton Garden, that secret 'fold in the map'.
This event explores the complex stories of migration to London’s East End from the 1800s to the present. Looking at the rich stories of groups such as the Huguenots, Jews, and more recently Asian, Caribbean and Eastern European people, the event brings into dialogue lay audiences with practitioners in migration politics, education and the arts. With Ruth Novaczek, Rachel Lichtenstein, Munsur Ali and Sander Gilman.
Ken Worpole will be in discussion with Rachel Lichtenstein and Gareth Evans discussing Essex - the new English Landscape. RAchel will read from her latest book Estuary: a deep exploration of place (penguin 2016)
Curated by acclaimed writer Rachel Lichtenstein Shorelines takes place in various venues at the heart of the fishing community of Leigh-on-sea on the banks of Thames Estuary, at the point where it officially becomes ‘open sea’. This unique festival aims to provoke discussion, re-awaken senses, excite the adventurous spirit and explore new literature about the sea. Highlights include: multi-award winning nature writer Robert Macfarlane; Mercury Award winning folk singer Sam Lee; cult pop historian Travis Elborough; Man Booker shortlisted Deborah Levy; award winning author and broadcaster Philip Hoare; a multi-media performance of Swandown with Iain Sinclair, artist Andrew Kötting & musician Jem Finer; French-Norwegian writer and artist Caroline Bergvall and much more.
Readings by: Rachel Lichtenstein, Prof Philip Terry, Marek Kazmierski, Wioletta Grzegorzewska, and Maria Jastrzębska, hosted by Dr Urszula Chowaniec with discussion around themes of migration in Europe.
Join historian and archivist Rachel Lichtenstein as she discusses the history of Hatton Garden.
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